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The Aesthetics of Directing

Your challenge as a director is to realize your vision on the screen. Designed for students who are making or planning to make their own films, this course covers the art and craft of directing. Noncredit students must bring their own camcorders; New School cameras are available only for credit students.

Jan 28 - May 13
7:00 - 9:45 PM
Spring 2019
CRN 4741
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What you will learn
  • How to analyze the work of classic and contemporary directors, observing how they use the language of cinema.
  • Topics that include framing and composition, camera angles, camera movement, blocking actors, visualizing action, creating a sequence, script breakdown, and techniques for establishing character, mood, and conflict.
  • Different directing styles, such as the subjective approach of expressionism, the pursuit of authenticity in realism, and the narrative conventions of Hollywood.
  • Completion of a script breakdown and storyboard.
  • Recording of a scene.
  • Application of directorial principles in practice.
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