Emmy-nominated Alan Myerson began his career in New York directing off-Broadway productions and taught acting before moving to Chicago to direct Second City and then back to New York to direct the original Second City company that had moved there. He was a founding member of the Directors Unit of the Actors Studio. In 1963 he moved to San Francisco and founded The Committee where he was the director and producer in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York on Broadway through 1974. During that time, Alan taught acting at U.C. Berkeley and at San Francisco State. He has written feature films including Universal Studios' It's Showtime! and has directed theatrical features, television films and pilots, and more that 200 television episodes. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is listed in Who's Who in America. Alan has been nominated for Emmy, DGA, and CableACE Awards. Theatrical and television movies include Police Academy 5, Private Lessons, Steelyard Blues, Hi Honey, I'm Dead, Bad Attitudes, and Holiday Affair. TV series include Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Friends, Frasier, The Larry Sanders Show, ED, JAG, Gilmore Girls, Picket Fences, Miami Vice, Crime Story, Hunter, Laverne & Shirley, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, and Archie Bunker's Place. As well as teaching Directors' workshops in Rockport at Maine Media Workshops, he is an adjunct professor at USC, teaching graduate directing students.
The guiding force of any narrative film is the director. This workshop is for emerging film directors interested in the craft, process and techniques of directing. Casting, rehearsal techniques, script, storyboarding and scene analysis, art direction and collaboration 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 actors and the camera. It addresses the major practical issues associated with narrative filmmaking.
"A dream come true; I feel refreshed, motivated, and excited about my future in film after this workshop"
- Jeremy Hicks, Washington, DC
"Friendly atmosphere with a great educational experience. The best!"
- Colby Clark, Clarks Summit, PA
"Highly recommended for any serious filmmaker"
- Wei Zhou (Jason), Mountain View, CA
"This is a week to change and challenge in more ways than you can imagine"
- Nora Hussey, Wellesley, MA