Directing for the Screen

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For student filmmakers aiming at careers directing episodic television and theatrical features, practice at projects of scale and ambition analogous to typical work in the field can be difficult to attain. For that reason, the centerpiece of the Directing for Screen Module is an intensive two-quarter sequence in which students focus on the making of a single 5-15 minute short film partially funded by the University. Filmmakers in the module will demonstrate knowledge of the various crafts — cinematography, editing, acting, art direction, sound — and aptitude for collaborating with craftspeople so as to have greatest command over the language of the whole film and assert a strong directorial voice. Students will study the working methods, careers and funding sources of well-known directors. They will learn to present work samples and pitches, as well as prepare professional documents for fundraising, press, and job hunting. Industry professionals on our advisory board and invited guest artists will advise on these short films while in progress and offer counsel from their own experience on career development and professional best practices.​

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