The guiding force of any narrative film is the director. This weeklong course is for emerging film directors interested in the craft, process and techniques of directing. Casting, rehearsal techniques, script, storyboarding and scene analysis are examined and experienced by each class member. Students explore and develop effective ways to lead, inspire, manage and direct the cast and crew's creative energies in order to realize the director's vision. This course is specifically designed to provide an understanding of storytelling techniques and story development through working with actors.

Throughout the week, students cast and rehearse scenes working with actors, to work out blocking and camera moves, and inspire performances from all involved.  The goal is to explore the directorial and collaborative processes and the techniques needed to create convincing performances while exploring the important role the director takes in the leadership of a production.

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging is $125


Valerie Landsburg

Although she has a very large body of work, with 35 years working as an actor, director and writer, most of the world knows Valerie as DORIS SCHWARTZ from the television series FAME. She became a globally recognized star in a role that moved deeply into the hearts of people young and old, inspiring both professional artists and artists yet to be realized.

Having resided mostly on the other side of camera for the last twenty years,Valerie is slated to direct the indy comedy feature OFFER & COMPROMISE this spring teamed with producer Tani Cohen.

She recently entered the wonderful world of short form films with TRIXIE’S SCORE in picked up by Shorts International and  As a Writer/Director she penned BELTERS for Profile Films America , created THE MONEY SHOT, optioned by Lion’s Gate Television, AN UNEXPECTED GIFT for The Hallmark Channel and NORWEGIAN WOOD, a teen comedy for Kinetic Arts. Valerie directed the action-thriller BOUND BY LIES, with Kristie Swanson and Stephen Baldwin for Lightening Entertainment.

Her other work as an actor includes having been a television-series regular on YOU AGAIN ,ALL IS FORGIVEN, HOTEL, FIRST AND TEN, DREAM ON, and BEGGARS AND CHOOSERS as well as multiple movies made for television. In films, she made her debut in the disco classic THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY. She appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon’s I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES, Off-Broadway in SURVIVING GRACE and Woody Allen’s THE FLOATING LIGHTBULB, as well as in BABY MAKES SEVEN and TELEGRAM FROM HEAVEN (Los Angeles), and A MOTHER A DAUGHTER AND A GUN


Course Dates

This course is not offered at this time.
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