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Hands on Directing Workshop for Film and TV

Raindance Film Festival
Event organized by Raindance Film Festival

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About Hands-On Directing: Part One
For over forty years Patrick Tucker has directed film, TV and stage.

The director is ultimately responsible for every image and sound that appears on the screen. Learn the art and craft of film directing by getting behind the camera and shooting a scene yourself with Patrick Tucker. That’s why this weekend masterclass is called Hands-on Directing.

This intensive weekend masterclass teaches students the techniques behind maximising the performance of the cast while realising the importance of the ultimate audience – the camera. Attendees will be given a number of practical exercises to undertake, including directing a short dramatic scene.

Meet Hands on Directing tutor Patrick Tucker here

What will it cover?

Day 1: The Grammar of Directing

Shooting techniques
Roots and reasons for selecting a camera style
The grammar of single camera placement
Style – approaching the script in an individual way
Shooting script – developing your visual shorthand
Reading and analysing the script
Storyboarding vs. the scene sheet
Screen geometry
The ‘line’ – what it is and how to avoid crossing it
Lenses – eyelines, hitting the mark, blocking, the ‘look’
Long, medium and close-up acting

Day 2: Working with the Camera

Audience and camera movement
Directing the actors – communicating your vision
The edit – shooting coverage, thinking in advance
Shooting tips – save money and creating a distinctive look
Organising the shoot and actors professionally
Crew – maximising human resources
The showreel – a director’s resume
Examples of good and bad directing
Career opportunities for directors

What will you achieve?

On completion of Hands-On Directing: Part One, students will have acquired the skills, knowledge and practical experience to then step behind the camera and direct your own projects.
How will you be taught?

A mix of lecture-style, demonstration and also practical instruction with tutor guidance. In addition, students will have the opportunity to direct a short dramatic scene.

Who should attend?
Hands-On Directing is suitable for beginner directors, as well as those with a small amount of experience looking to improve their practical skills and develop their own directorial expression. It is also suitable for those with some theoretical knowledge of directing seeking practical experience.

About Patrick Tucker

Patrick Tucker is an internationally acclaimed stage and screen director with over 150 screen drama credits, in addition to over 100 stage credits. He is also the founder of the innovative Original Shakespeare Company.
Patrick is the author of seven books, including the award-winning Secrets of Screen Acting (now in its 2nd edition) and The Actor’s Survival Handbook. He has been teaching Hands-On Directing workshops for Raindance for over 20 years. Students who have particiapted in this class are invited to attend Hands-on Directing Part 2.

What they’re saying about Patrick Tucker

It was an amazing week-end, I’ve learned so many things even though I’ve been working for 17 years in TV!

I loved that Patrick’s teaching is pragmatic and down-to-earth, coming from a long and varied directing career, rather than from a theoretical perspective. Excellent use of film clips to illustrate his teaching. The shooting exercise with tutor feedback was a great education. But really, the whole weekend was packed with little gems of technique. I have recommended the workshop to friends already.

Patrick’s deep experience, fierce intelligence and meticulous planning, combined with an obvious passion for his craft of directing, made for a compelling and highly worthwhile weekend of learning. I greatly look forward to the second part of the course.