Directing Actors Course


FilmSkills Directing Actors Course
  • 3-month course
  • 8-lessons
  • 3 hours, 19 minutes of video
  • Projects and Exercises
  • Illustrated Companion Guides
  • Downloadable Class Materials
  • Industry-Leading Instructors
  • Certificate of Completion


Get the Best Performance From Your Actors
Most directors can frame a shot and know where they want the camera, but freeze when they are staring into the eyes of an actor looking for direction. The role of the director is to get the right performance out of the actors, and in the FilmSkills Directing Actors Course, we give you the tools you need to get a convincing, emotionally rich performance from even the most difficult or inexperienced actor.
Learn the language of acting and techniques for communicating with actors. Learn the step-by step process for conducting powerful rehearsals. Get techniques from network television director on how to analyze characters in the script. We’ll identify common directing mistakes and how to avoid them.  Then learn how to work with actors on set from the moment before calling action to the moment after you call cut. Learn how to direct extras and even the military to craft a convincing and believable environment.
The FilmSkills Directing Actors Course gives you all the tools you need to effectively work with actors both on and off the set to achieve the performance you want.


Each lesson will take you through each step of Directing Actors Course process.

The Art of Directing Actors

Learn from Hollywood actors and directors on how to approach and work effectively with actors on set, how to deal with problematic actors, and how to communicate in the actor’s language.

Rehearsing Actors

Learn how to structure rehearsals, how to conduct a table read, and what the responsibilities are of the director and actors during the rehearsal process.

Analyzing Character
In this module, you will learn directing techniques to help actors determine the subtext, intent, and back story of their characters. Develop your directing skills and help your actors portray honest, memorable characters.
Rehearsal Exercises

Learn valuable techniques from working Hollywood directors to get to the heart of the actors’ performance, learn rehearsal techniques from developing the character to overcoming mental blocks on the set.

Directing Mistakes

Learn to identify common directing problems and how to fix them to ensure you get the best performance on set possible.

Directing Actors on Set
Learn what to say to an actor at the beginning of every scene – 30 seconds before you call action and 30 seconds after you call cut, learn how to rehearse on set, establish strong blocking, and how to help actors balance their performance with the technicalities of film production.
Working with the Military

Learn how to approach the National Guard, work with the US military, the types of resources the military can provide, and how to work with reenacters.

Directing Extras
Learn how to find extras, the right way to direct them, how to cheat them on set, liability concerns and how to avoid them, logistics on the shooting day, and the most common problems filmmakers encounter when working with extras


FilmSkills features top industry professionals, any of whom are leaders in their field. You will be learning from best.

Mary Lou Belli

Emmy-winning Director, "Monk," "Charles in Charge," "The Hughleys", and "Major Dad"

Bethany Rooney

Critically acclaimed Director, "Brothers and Sisters", "Grey's Anatomy", "Desperate Housewives", and "Private Practice"

Anthony Ray Parker

Actor, "The Matrix," "The Marine", Hercules: The Legendary Journeys", and "Xena: Warrior Princess"

Guy Shalem

Emmy-nominated director and producer, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers", and "Recorded Lives"

Josh McLaglen

Producer "X-Men," DGA Award Nominated 1st Assistant Director, "Titanic," "Avatar," "X-Men: First Class,” "The Polar Express," and "Real Steel"

Matthew Feitshans

1st Assistant Director, "Total Recall," "Tombstone," "Army of Darkness", and “Remember The Titans”

Roy Werner

Actor, "90210", "All My Children", "Desperate Housewives", and "Lie to Me"

Alison Buck

Casting Director, "The Last Bear," "Low Grounds," "Pig," "Spotlight," and "Hey Vendor!"

John Henry Richardson

Actor and Director, "Panic 5 Bravo," "Castlevania: Hymn of Blood," "Dillinger in Paradise"

Brad Schwartz

Editor, Emmy-winning "Top Chef"

Jeff St. Clair

Cleveland-based Actor "Clone", Commentor WKSU

Brad Sussman

Actor, television personality

Ron Reigler

Actor, "Without Warning" and "Clone".

Charles Eduardos

Actor, "Clone", "American Splendor", and "The Hidden"

Maria Battles Campbell

2nd Assistant Director, "Avatar", "Reel Steel", "X-Men: First Class", and "Boogie Nights"

Ray Szuch

Owner of North Coast Central Casting

Dr. Timothy Burke

Superintendent, Perry School District

Angela Nicholas

Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio, Actor, "Deadwood," "Washed," "Always Faithful," and "No Sunlight"

Jim Kisicki

Actor and one of the nation's leading voice over talents

Johanna Jensen

1st Assistant Director, "Northern Exposure", "Adventures of Brisco County Jr.", "8 Simple Rules", "Off Centre", and "According to Jim"

Richard Korby

Production Sound Mixer, Music Tour Manager

Jason J. Tomaric

Emmy-winning director/Cinematographer

Rob Bowman

Four-time Emmy Nominated Director, "The X-Files," and Executive Producer, "Castle"

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