The relationship between actors and the camera is a primary responsibility of the director. This course is a practical laboratory for directors who want to explore the process of directing both actors and camera operators. Students are required to bring a two-to-three minute scene from a script with two or three characters from a film they have not seen or from a play, novel, short story or their own original screenplay.
Throughout the week, students cast and rehearse scenes using a team of professional actors, work out blocking and camera moves, inspire performances from all involved and create any necessary shot coverage to tell the story. Cameras, lighting and sets are basic; the goal is to explore the directorial and collaborative processes and the techniques needed to create convincing performances. The camera is used to help tell the story rather than as a simple recording device.