Direction workshop

Assistant Director Workshop

The role of the First Assistant Director is a complex one, requiring the varied skills of time management, flexibility, good communication and patience! This guide has been developed to give readers an understanding of the process of Assistant Directing for short film projects to feature film projects. Some diagrams and examples are missing in this format but can be provided upon request.

The First Assistant Director is the Head of the Assistant Directing and Unit departments, but must be respected as an overall manager of the entire crew. Crew may not respect the person giving the orders on set (hopefully they do!) but they must at all times respect the position/role and overall importance of the schedule/plan or the shoot could very well fall apart.

– 1st Assistant Director: Immediately under the Producer and Director, should be considered on-par with the other Heads of Departments, including the Director of Photography, Continuity, Art Dept etc. Primarily in charge of the overall schedule, call sheets and first point of contact for main actors and crew.
It is the 1st AD’s job to recognize the contributions of all the departments and to help balance the needs of the departments and the appreciation that is afforded to the departments so that everyone is respected, efficient and pulling their weight.
A 1st AD must always take a non-personal approach, have efficient time-management skills and be a good communicator with a variety of personality types. The most important thing to keep in mind is the value of the project no department or individual should ever feel that their needs are more important than anyone else, as this will significantly impact the importance of the project .
– 2nd Assistant Director: The 1st AD’s assistant, primarily in charge of extras and administrative support (call sheets). Can also be in charge of 2nd Unit, unless units have own AD’s.
– 3rd Assistant Director: 2nd’s assistant, usually on days with many extras

The Schedule
Getting Started
– Read the script!
– Colour code all requirements (or use a system you are comfortable with) Scene Breakdown Sheet for categories of requirements (ie, props, costumes, special equipment, sound, etc.)
– Keep notes while going through the script notes on the script itself, any questions and notes on any requirements (props etc)
– Break down according to the rule of 8ths
– Move on to Scene Breakdown

An intensive practical one day workshop on Film Directing including directing scenes on camera with professional actors.
Everyone coming to the workshop will learn film directing techniques in the morning then in the afternoon; everyone will have the chance to direct scenes on camera with professional actors.

After the workshop, everyone will receive a DVD of all the scenes shot over the day.

The workshop covers:

Language of film: shots, lenses, f-stops & depth of field
Crossing the line
Choosing the right shot
Directing crew
Camera placement
Storyboards & pre-vis
Auditioning actors
How to rehearse
Blocking scenes
Creating believable characters
Directing actors on-set

“Script Breakdown & Film Scheduling Workshop”
As a film or TV director, one of the most important aspects of your job is to understand the film schedule.
Before you can create an accurate budget (time and money) for your film, you need an experienced AD or PM to break your script down and prepare a shooting schedule.
This “one liner” enables you to discover the total number of “real” shooting days, find out how many locations you have and generate a cast Day-Out-Of-Days.
A properly designed shooting schedule is fundamental to your directing process. Without an experienced Production Manager or Assistant Director to prepare this board, you will have an unrealistic budget which will have a negative impact on your entire production.

Lakshyaa 3 Days Direction Workshop

Those who attend this three day intensive workshop will have the opportunity to discover what is expected of a director in pre-production; how to break down your script to understand the story; the secrets of getting a good performance from an actor.
Here are just some of the many insider tips and techniques you will discover that will help kick-start your film directing career

The differences between directing television and feature films
1.   Why “politics” plays a major role in your success as a director
2.  The breakdown of a director’s pre-production activities
3.  How to effectively communicate your vision
4. Why “listening for the truth” is you’re best directing tool
5. The importance of the actor-director relationship
6. The three qualities of an actor you look for during casting
7. The seven categories of actors
8. How to guide an actor’s performance on the set

Film Directing Workshop Testimonials

Mr. Pankaj Prakash has taken several directing courses. “First, I would like to say thanks to Mr. Pankaj Prakash. He has been an inspiration to Lakshyaa Creative Arts. It is a great course; very helpful and useful, Lakshyaa workshop is very effective and overwhelming.”

Mr. Pankaj Prakash is a great instructor. He is very willing to share with you his experience in film directing. He creates a very relaxed and cordial environment for the class and gave you the opportunities to ask and share ideas in class. He is quite knowledgeable in the subject and he said many key concepts that left lasting impressions. It’s been great experience learning from him.

What is Your Definition of Making a Movie?
This subject is discussed further in Lakshyaa Direction Workshop
Here’s my definition: “Making a movie (or documentary) is the art of visually telling a compelling story with believable characters.”
Why You Must Understand Scene Transitions
This subject is discussed further in Lakshyaa Direction Workshop
One of the key elements you need to understand about making films is Editing (Montage), because your job is not just about the scene you are filming, but also about:

the scenes that come before and go after

. the Transitions between the scenes

what is the last shot of the scene before
what is the first shot of the next scene

The Film Director’s Top Three Creative Team
Practical Breakdown of Scripts and Scenes
This subject is discussed further in the Lakshyaa Direction Workshop
1. Key Scenes (Could be dialogue or action scenes)
– these scenes set the mood of the story and they require more time than “regular scenes” EXAMPLE: (most scenes in Act One that introduce characters, scenes that contain story points)

2. Dialogue Scenes
– these scenes usually move quicker than action scenes

3. Action Scenes/Special FX Scenes/Visual FX Scenes
– these scenes require more shooting time than dialogue scenes

4. Act Break Scenes (only in TV)
– these scenes are important because they are used to keep the audience “hooked” into coming back after the commercial

Six Rules for Blocking and Staging a Scene
This subject is discussed further in the Lakshyaa Direction Workshop
1. Blocking is working out the details of the actor’s moves in relation to the camera

2. Blocking is the dramatic use of the camera to help find the truth in a scene

3. Where the camera is placed is determined by what is important in the scene

4. Whenever you start to block a scene, you must know three things:
– what is the last shot of the preceding scene
– what is the first shot of the next scene
– when (and where) were the characters last seen

5. There is never one, definitive, interpretation of how a scene should be blocked

6. Blocking is like a puzzle – keep working at it until the whole scene falls into place

7. Think of blocking in terms of choreography (like a dance, ballet)

•    The participant must be above 15 yrs.
•    Working knowledge of Hindi/ English

Duration                   One Day/ Three Days

Three Days           Friday/Saturday & Sunday 2.00 to 7.00

One Day                 Saturday 2.00 to 7.00


Three Days – 6,000
One day      – 2,000

The fees to be paid in cash only





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