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“Directing Actors” 2 Day Filmmaking Workshop with Peter D. Marshall (May 2 & 3) Sponsored by Raindance Vancouver

Working with actors can be one of the most rewarding experiences for a film director – or one of the most traumatic! And the difference between a good experience and a bad experience usually comes down to one word: TRUST!

Directing Actors Workshop with Peter D. Marshall

Actors begin by trusting the director – and it’s the director’s trust to lose. If an actor feels they cannot trust the director to know a good performance from a bad performance, the actor will begin to monitor his own performances.

And when an actor begins to watch himself, he begins to direct himself – and when he does this, he starts to become Director Proof.

As Mark Travis says in his book Directing Feature Films, “As far as relationships go, I think the one between actors and directors is the most challenging. It is simultaneously demanding and misunderstood.

Yet it’s very clear that actors and directors all have the best of intentions for making this relationship work. I have not met a director who did not have a clear idea of what she wanted. And every actor I have worked with has an intuitive instinct for their character and how a scene can be played.

Why then does this relationship so often begin to fall apart when actors and directors begin talking to each other? The answer is quite simple: different languages and different ideas of how this relationship should or could work.”

This 2 day workshop is sponsored by Raindance Vancouver.

Directing Actors Workshop with Peter D. Marshall
The main objective of this Directing Actors workshop is to demonstrate how directors and actors can work effectively together to build trust; to maximize performance on set; and understand how to work together cooperatively in a tense, time-sensitive and often challenging creative environment.

On Day One, the focus will be on the Director’s script preparation, as well as live demonstrations of the audition process, the script read-through and the cast rehearsal.

On Day Two, the class will be divided into groups and have the opportunity to participate in directing a scene with professional actors. Each scene will be recorded and played back for discussion and review.

By the end of this 2-day workshop, you should be able to:

– Recognize the importance of the actor/director relationship
– Effectively breakdown and analyze every scene in your script
– Manage a proper casting session that gets results
– Organize a constructive script read-through
– Create productive rehearsals with your actors
– Improve your skills for getting believable performances from actors

This 2 day directing workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 filmmakers.

Day One

  1. Introduction
  2. Workshop Objectives/Learning Outcomes
  3. The Director/Actor Relationship
  4. The Actor’s Language (10 Words/Phrases You Must Know)
  5. The Film Director’s Performance Mantra
  6. The 9 Part Scene Breakdown Process
  7. Overview of the Casting Process
  8. The 6 Stages of Casting
  9. Subconscious Emotional Casting
  10. Casting “Below the Tip of the Iceberg”
  11. Top 3 Qualities Directors Look for When Casting
  12. Looking for “Magic Performance Moments”
  13. What to Look for When Reviewing Auditions
  14. Performance First and Look Second
  15. DEMO: How to Conduct a Proper Casting Session
  16. DEMO: The Script Read-Through
  17. The 10 Step Rehearsal/Blocking Process
  18. DEMO: The Cast Rehearsal
  19. Class Work: (Prepare Scenes for Day Two)

Day Two

1. CLASS EXERCISE: Scene Presentations with Actors
– Participants collaborate to direct a scene with professional actors
– Participants get hands-on directing experience working with professional actors
2. Playback Scene Presentations for Class Review
– The scenes will be recorded for playback and class discussion
– The actors will also participate with creative and constructive feedback
3. That’s a Wrap

To find out the location and registration fee for this 2 day film directing workshop, please visit Raindance Vancouver.

I hope to see you there 🙂


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  • John June 20, 2015, 9:01 pm

    Hey this is pretty helpful stuff, awesome advice

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