Learn to Direct
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If you want to learn to direct films, you need to understand that much of what it takes to be a director cannot be taught. A director needs to be a creative visionary—they need to be able to look at the written words of a screenplay and turn them into visuals that tell the story.
A director also needs to be able to control chaos and not let it impact their creativity and focus. As George Lucas (Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises) put it, “A director makes 100 decisions an hour. If you don’t know how to make the right decision, you’re not a director.”
Both of these are personality traits and outside the realm of education.
That said, there is a lot you can learn about directing from a film directing program. The best way is to gain a fundamental understanding of all the things that go into making a film, which include:
- Finding the money to make the film.
- Writing the screenplay to have a story to film.
- Assembling the cast and crew.
- Choosing the sets and location.
- Directing the film’s production.
- Editing the film.
With knowledge of these film fundamentals, the next step in learning to direct is to direct as often as possible. As filmmaker John Waters puts it, “My early films look terrible! I didn’t know what I was doing. I learned when I was doing it.”
Assuming you have the right personality to become a director–you have creative vision and can make quick decisions correctly–a good Film Directing School can provide the training ground and experience necessary to turn those traits into making you the best director you can be.
The Film Connection for is designed to provide you the training ground and experience to take your native abilities and turn you in to a director. The Film Connection believes the best way to learn any art or craft (and directing is both) is directly from someone who directs films for a living. That’s why Film Connection for Film Production & Editing film directing program includes an externship.
Imagine what being an extern inside a local film production company and accompanying their director on film shoots will do for you. Their director will serve as your mentor during the Film Production & Editing film directing program. This means you will learn to direct through experience, not through reading and listening. You will have access to a full film production company’s gear and facilities. You will observe and learn from a director while they are directing. You will be able to ask for their help and guidance on all aspects of being a director. But most of all you will learn by doing.
Anyone wanting to learn to direct should have at least one idea for a film. As a student of the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing film directing program, we teach you how to turn your idea into a screenplay. We do this for a number of reasons. First and foremost an idea for a film doesn’t become a film unless it is turned into a screenplay. Here’s a few reasons why screenplays are necessary:
- Ideas can’t be sold, screenplays can.
- Screenplays provide the story upon which the director’ vision is based.
- Screenplays are necessary to budget a film.
- Screenplays are necessary to determining locations and sets for filming.
- Screenplays provide the actor’s dialogue and character.
While you work on your screenplay (with the help of a professional screenplay who serves as your screenwriting mentor) you will also learn film production basics including:
- Scene Settings and Look: How to stage a shot to achieve your vision.
- Working with Actors: How to motivate actors to perform your vision.
- Working with the Crew: How to communicate with the crew to get your vision onto film.
- Working with the Editor: How to take what you’ve shot and tell the story you envision.
- Budget Considerations: How to do all of the above and stay on budget.
The Film Connection for Film Production & Editing film directing program provides practical and experiential learning so necessary to education in the arts and crafts. Simply put, we believe there is no better way to learn to direct.