Directing Actors for Film and Television
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NFLM 3316
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This intensive workshop explores every stage of working with actors, from the initial conception of the character to final editing for performance. Each stage of directing is described in a step-by-step process that enables directors to work with actors trained in a variety of ways. Weekly lectures introduce the general techniques of directing and the diverse working methods of outstanding directors. As their main project, students select, analyze, cast, and rehearse a scene from a published screenplay. Professional actors from the New York community perform the roles. Scenes are presented in class, critiqued, and performed again to demonstrate techniques and principles discussed in lectures. The workshop nature of the course enables students to learn from classmates’ experiences. The experience is enriched by reading and research on the techniques of students’ favorite directors.