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“Film Directing Essentials: The Art of Storytelling” 2 Day Filmmaking Workshop with Peter D. Marshall in Petionville, Haiti (July 31 – Aug 1, 2013)

I am pleased to tell you that I will be teaching a 2 day film workshop called “Film Directing Essentials: The Art of Story Telling” in Petionville, Haiti on July 31 – August 1, 2013. http://www.nehemiahrecords.com/#!workshops/cxbs

This 2 day live event is being sponsored by Nehemiah Records and Haiti Love Revolution. The event producer is an amazing ex-VFS student of mine living in Haiti, Stephanie Leigh Limage.

Every since the earthquake in 2010, I was hoping that somehow I could do something to help the Haitian filmmakers who lost so much but still have the passion and willpower to tell their stories.

Stephanie’s goal (her mission) is to continually develop creative solutions that remedy artistic challenges the nation of Haiti is faced with. She has set up and established an indie record label with a base in Haiti providing Haitians with an income as well as teaching them business skills through local workshops and one on one mentoring.

To that end, Stephanie contacted me a year ago about the possibility of teaching a workshop in Haiti. I immediately said yes – but with one condition. I was not to be paid, and all the income generated from the workshop was to go back to the Haitian filmmakers and artists. Well…it is now a reality and on July 29 I arrive in Haiti. 🙂

Here is the course content of this 2 day workshop:

Day One – Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Introduction & What is a Director?

– Workshop Objectives
– Learning Outcomes
– Story Plot Demonstration
– How to Make a Movie 101
– What is a Director?
– Directing a Film: What is Expected?

The Director’s Visual Style

– The Director’s Visual Concept
– Understanding the Language of Film
– The Psychology Behind the Shot
– Storyboards and Shot Lists
– The Power of Film Editing (Montage)

Script and Scene Analysis

– The 4 Types of Film Scenes
– The Classic Three-Act Structure
– The Director and the Script
– Script Analysis Overview
– Basic Script and Scene Analysis

Character Analysis and Development

– Observing Human Behavior and Emotions
– Motive Determines Behavior
– Character Objectives
– Text and Subtext
– Character Analysis
– Class Exercise (Shot List Demonstration)

Day Two – Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Director/Actor Relationship

– The Director/Actor Relationship
– The (8) Step Director/Actor Working Relationship
– Working with Actors
– Class Exercise (Creating Drama with Objectives & Subtext)

The Director’s Audition Process

Action Verbs
– Result Directing
– The Casting Session (The Audition)
– The Top 3 Qualities Directors Look for When Casting

Basic Blocking and Staging Techniques

– The Psychology of Movement
– The 5 Stages of Shooting a Scene
– What is Blocking?
– Basic Blocking Techniques
– The 8 Part Scene Breakdown Process
– The 10 Step Actor/Director Blocking Process

Blocking and Composition Exercise

– Blocking and Composition Exercise with Actors
– Playback Scene Presentations for Class Review

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