The Essentials of Directing for Film and TV

Raindance London Independent Filmmakers Meetup
Raindance London Independent Filmmakers Meetup
Public group

Raindance Film Centre

10 Craven Street · London

How to find us

Left out of Charing Cross mainline station, first turn on the left (2 red telephone boxes on one corner, Boots on the other) - we're about 100 metres down on the right

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About Directing Essentials
Filmmaking is a big business. A novice film director is presented with many different approaches to learning the craft. There are basic directing essentials which our range of film directing courses cover. However, all directors really need to have one key skill, and that is being able to communicate clearly and dynamically with their creative and technical teams.

In this intensive taster session, Chris Thomas will demonstrate effective ways of sharing your vision with your main collaborators, the producer, director of photography and cast.

Who should attend?
Directing Essentials is for anyone with an interest in the human aspect of how movies are made. Writers, producers, actors, technicians, as well as directors – these are all people who need to get their visions and ideas across to their colleagues quickly and efficiently.

What will I get?
During the class, Chris will pass on key tips, work on a short scene with professional actors and show how to make more of your shot choices before and during the shoot.

Topics covered in Directing Essentials include:
Developing Your Vision – Know your Story
Directing A Casting
Working with Actors
Directing The Camera
Keeping Your Eye On The Prize – Directing For the Edit
Especially relevant if you are looking for a informative and inspiring kick start or refresher, this is the place to find it!
Why not check out the career advice at the Directors Guild of Great Britain?

About the tutor
Chris Thomas has been teaching and developing film directing courses for film directing with Raindance since 2000, with a strong emphasis on storytelling and communications skills. Chris learnt his key skills from acting and directing in the theatre where the focus was always on using limited resources and engaging the audience’s imagination; it was a natural shift for him into filmmaking. As a teacher, Chris prioritises clear communication and encourages his students to harness their individual talents through the methods he demonstrates. He first and foremost believes learning is a two-way process, and as a filmmaker, it never ends. Recently, Chris has shot the teaser trailer for the psychological thriller, Dead of Winter and also the short film Emma’s Last Date. He is currently in development with his dark comedy feature script, The Devil You Don’t.

What They Are Saying
It was all fantastic! Watching the way Chris interacted with the actors was really unique and interesting too – a practical way of teaching.
- Z McCarthy

Learnt some new things. And Chris is very approachable which helps the learning process. Thank you!
- Tom Sahara