Directing for the Screen

$225.00

4 weeks. Starting April 22

Online LIVE class meets Wednesdays

3 PM US Pacific Day Time (PDT)

6 PM US Eastern Day Time (EDT)

 

Directing for the Screen

$225.00

4 weeks. Starting April 22

Online LIVE class meets Wednesdays

3 PM US Pacific Day Time (PDT)

6 PM US Eastern Day Time (EDT)

 

Directing for the Screen

$225.00

4 weeks. Starting April 22

Online LIVE class meets Wednesdays

3 PM US Pacific Day Time (PDT)

6 PM US Eastern Day Time (EDT)

 

A director's conception from prep through post. Create, shoot and edit a film step by step.

The course offers directors practical strategies on how to communicate with cast and crew in order to execute their vision and get the best results. Learn how to navigate every step of the filmmaking process, from script to the screen.

Each week addresses a moment in the director’s landscape: development, pre-production, principal photography and post production.

You will create, shoot and edit a scene, moving the project forward week by week: Pitching Requirements (directors bio, log line, mood board, cast & crew list), Pre-production (shot list, storyboard, look book, locations, music), Production/rough cut, Post-Production (picture and sound edited, Mixed; Color Graded; Production Stills.)

Topics of study include script development, fundraising, casting, storyboarding, scheduling, budgeting, communicating with cast and crew, tips on shooting and etiquette for the editing room, music and sound studio, as well as other valuable tools for directors.

The highlight of each week is a 1-hour LIVE class, where you can interact directly with the instructor and other classmates. You can also access recorded files of the classes and supporting materials at any time during the course. After each class, the students work on assignments and practical exercises, and receive feedback from the instructor. At the end of the course, you will have developed your own project.

*Image above: Director Bertha Bay-Sa Pan with Emmy nominee Cinematographer John Inwood and Producer Jonathan Shoemaker. Credit: JoJo Whilden. Courtesy of Saving Face Films LLC

Instructor

Bertha Bay-Sa Pan

Bertha Bay-Sa Pan’s feature debut Face, co-written by Oscar nominee Oren Moverman – starring Bai Ling, Kristy Wu, Kieu Chinh, Ken Leung, Will Yun Lee and Treach (of Naughty by Nature), with music by Hub of The Roots – premiered at the Sundance Film Festival as a Grand Jury nominee, and it went on to win the GenArt’s Audience Award, the CineVegas Critics Award for Best Director, the Urbanworld’s Grand Jury Award for Best Director, the Italy International Women’s Film Festival’s Premio Speciale Prize, a Gotham Award nomination, and a NY Times ...

Instructor

Bertha Bay-Sa Pan

Bertha Bay-Sa Pan’s feature debut Face, co-written by Oscar nominee Oren Moverman – starring Bai Ling, Kristy Wu, Kieu Chinh, Ken Leung, Will Yun Lee and Treach (of Naughty by Nature), with music by Hub of The Roots – premiered at the Sundance Film Festival as a Grand Jury nominee, and it went on to win the GenArt’s Audience Award, the CineVegas Critics Award for Best Director, the Urbanworld’s Grand Jury Award for Best Director, the Italy International Women’s Film Festival’s Premio Speciale Prize, a Gotham Award nomination, and a NY Times Critics’ Pick. Her second feature, Almost Perfect, was an Asia Pacific Arts 2011 Top Ten Film and HBO Emerging Filmmaker Award winner. Starring Kelly Hu, Edison Chen, Ivan Shaw, Christina Chang, Golden Globe & Emmy Award nominee Tina Chen, and Olivier & Tony Award winner Roger Rees, the film garnered glowing reviews from Variety, San Francisco Chronicle, MTV, China Times, etc. Additional credits include Chinese superstar Leehom Wang’s 3D concert film Open Fire, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; and the award winning shorts Sluggers, starring Hassan Johnson and Corey Parker Robinson (both from HBO’s The Wire); and Lucy in the Sky, starring Oscar/Tony/Emmy/Golden Globe winner Whoopi Goldberg, SAG Award winner Catherine Curtin, six-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein, Zoe Colletti, and Kelly Hu. Read article about Bertha Bay-Sa Pan's work.

Instructor

Bertha Bay-Sa Pan

Bertha Bay-Sa Pan’s feature debut Face, co-written by Oscar nominee Oren Moverman – starring Bai Ling, Kristy Wu, Kieu Chinh, Ken Leung, Will Yun Lee and Treach (of Naughty by Nature), with music by Hub of The Roots – premiered at the Sundance Film Festival as a Grand Jury nominee, and it went on to win the GenArt’s Audience Award, the CineVegas Critics Award for Best Director, the Urbanworld’s Grand Jury Award for Best Director, the Italy International Women’s Film Festival’s Premio Speciale Prize, a Gotham Award nomination, and a NY Times Critics’ Pick. Her second feature, Almost Perfect, was an Asia Pacific Arts 2011 Top Ten Film and HBO Emerging Filmmaker Award winner. Starring Kelly Hu, Edison Chen, Ivan Shaw, Christina Chang, Golden Globe & Emmy Award nominee Tina Chen, and Olivier & Tony Award winner Roger Rees, the film garnered glowing reviews from Variety, San Francisco Chronicle, MTV, China Times, etc. Additional credits include Chinese superstar Leehom Wang’s 3D concert film Open Fire, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; and the award winning shorts Sluggers, starring Hassan Johnson and Corey Parker Robinson (both from HBO’s The Wire); and Lucy in the Sky, starring Oscar/Tony/Emmy/Golden Globe winner Whoopi Goldberg, SAG Award winner Catherine Curtin, six-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein, Zoe Colletti, and Kelly Hu. Read article about Bertha Bay-Sa Pan's work.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Development

    Script development
    Fundraising
    Taking meetings
    Choosing producers

    Practical exercise: Pitching Requirements – Director’s Bio; Log Line; Mood Board; Cast + Crew list.

  • Week 2

    Pre-production

    Selecting key creatives
    Casting
    Shooting format
    Navigating through physical prep: storyboarding, schematics, scheduling, budgeting, locations, etc.

    Practical exercise: Pre-Production – Shot List (Storyboard and Schematics optional); video clips / links / photos for cinematography and lighting references; photos of location + wardrobe; music samples (optional)

  • Week 3

    Principal Photography

    Communication with cast and crew
    How to shoot/watch the monitor for best editing results
    Time and people management

    Practical exercise: Rough Cut of shot scene.

  • Week 4

    Post-production

    Tips and etiquette for the editing room, music and sound studio, color grading, etc.
    How to make the most out of test screenings
    How to persist and when to stop tinkering

    Practical exercise: Post-Production – Picture and Sound edited; Music (optional); Mixed; Color Graded; Production Stills pulled.

How our classes work

IAFA’s online courses are handled inside Blackboard, one of the most advanced LMS platforms for online education. Blackboard integrates its platform with a tool called Collaborate. Collaborate is a virtual classroom where students and instructor can interact using a camera and a microphone.

You will watch the instructor speak live, and will be able to ask questions and interact using your own video and audio feed. Within Collaborate you can also have dedicated group activities, which means that the instructor can divide the class in smaller groups to assign discussions, much like in an actual classroom.

All live classes are recorded, so students that cannot access the live class on the scheduled date and time can watch it later at their convenience.

Inside Blackboard you will find all the contents of your course. Your class script (a powerpoint used for the live class), your exclusive workbook, exercises, assignments and supporting materials. All of this is organized to expand the learning experience of the live class.

IAFA believes in a practical approach to learning. So your assignments will be practical exercises that will be evaluated by the instructor. You will receive written or video feedback on your work.

The online experience mirrors that of a physical classroom, often expanding it through the use of technology. 

Technology requirements

MAC

Computer Operating System: Windows 10

Desktop Browser: Google Chrome (latest update)

Computer Speed and Processor: At least 8GB. (*if you are using a video software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, a dedicated video card may be required depending on your computer configuration.)

Download and Upload Speed: at least 10MB for upload, and at least 5MB for download.

PC

Computer Operating System: Windows 10

Desktop Browser: Google Chrome (latest update)

Computer Speed and Processor: At least 8GB. (*if you are using a video software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, a dedicated video card may be required depending on your computer configuration.)

Download and Upload Speed: at least 10MB for upload, and at least 5MB for download.

* This will cover much of the standard household computers, tablets and smartphones.

Additional Information

If you miss the real-time, LIVE class, you can access the recorded version of the class, as well as supporting materials, any time during the course.

Class size limited to 24 students.

Instructor’s location: New York, NY.

Language: English.

Certificate issued by IAFA upon completion of the course.

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