VISU S-151 Film Directing for Beginners
How does the film director turn an idea into a scene and a scene into a story? Film directing is a complex art form that requires both vision and skill. Regular exercises and assignments teach students how to work with actors, set up lighting, shoot and edit film, and record sound. To develop our vision of the director's art, we study such films as Whiplash by Damien Chazelle, Moonlight by Barry Jenkins, and North by Northwest by Alfred Hitchcock, which are screened outside of class time. In the final week students direct their own short film projects. By the end of the course, students have a firm grasp of the scene as a unit of a feature film, as well as an understanding of the vocabulary and tools at the film director's disposal.