Tools of Directing Seminar

Where: Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

When: 15 March 2014 1:00pm to 5:00pm

The seminar is part of professional development scheme TOOLS OF DIRECTING - ENGLAND 2014, organised by the Directors Guild with funding partner Creative Skillset. The scheme will kick off with the Tools of Directing Seminar in five cities from March-May, starting in Bristol. Attendees are then invited to apply for the second part of the scheme, a highly subsidised Master Workshop, which will bring a number of applicants to London in the summer for a unique week of training in the Tools of Directing.

SEMINAR: In the popular seminar, aimed at professional directors at every stage of their TV and film-making career, Simon Phillips offers you first insights into the Tools of Directing techniques, already widely employed in the UK and internationally. You will build on your existing experience as a director, distilling your current practice into clear principles that can be immediately applied to your work - from script development to planning the shoot. Simon will introduce you to a simple, practical method to analyse and develop the essential vision of your story; you will learn straightforward techniques to break down and plan how to shoot your script, problem-solve performance issues and to communicate more effectively with your writer, actors and DoP.
Seminars dates: 15/03 Bristol, 22/03 Newcastle, 29/03 Sheffield, 10/05 Manchester, 17/05 Leeds

MASTER WORKSHOP: Heavily subsidised training for directors who have participated in a regional seminar, with travel/accommodation grants available. The week-long Workshop with Simon Phillips is a combination of training, mentoring and networking, focusing on developing participants' skills and confidence in using the Tools of Directing Actors, Casting, Script Development and Directing Camera. This will be in the form of a Bursary Scheme that brings up to 16 talented directors to London in the summer for the full week Tools of Directing Master Workshop.
Master Workshop dates: 14-18 July 2014, London | Application deadline: 23 May

Many directors who have trained with Tools of Directing have gone on to great success, including the recent ScandiNoir series THE KILLING and THE BRIDGE.

Madeleine Ekman, Co-Producer THE HUNT (2012, Oscar Nominee 2014), MELANCHOLIA (2011) and ANTICHRIST (2009), said: "Tools of Directing are concrete and not just anecdotes. The teacher is perfect, with own personal experiences and solutions that made us really think. All directors need this."

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Entry Cost: £25

Posted by: Iris Godding | 03-03-2014

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