Videomaker Directing & Pre-Production DVD

Lights! Camera! Action!

Become a True Auteur with this Guide to Video Directing and Pre-Production

Videomaker Directing & Pre-Production DVD

So you want to direct a movie? Everyone loves the glamor and prestige of directing, but few people have what it takes to get the job done. The director has the hardest job on set -- he has to coax stellar performances from an entire cast of actors, while keeping his behind-the-scenes crew under control and on the ball. He has to make all the decisions about every aspect of the movie -- from scripting to lighting to sound -- and he has to make sure he does it all under budget. How can a director keep track of it all? This complete training DVD will show you all the tricks that a director needs to make sure his production never leaves his control. It's an essential must-have for the beginning or prosumer director.

Learn the practical tips about Handling Actors, Storyboarding, and more!

Here's a dirty little secret: Most of the most useful directing and pre-production tips are ones that you'll never learn in any film school. We're not talking about deep philosophical interpretations of French New Wave or dissertations on obscure film theory; we're talking about the real day-to-day nitty gritty of movie making, like how to make sure your actors give a good performance. How to block a shot. How to keep your crew on their toes. These are the practical things that you don't learn in the classroom, the things that you learn when you hit the ground running. We'll give you an extra edge with six informative segments covering all the toughest directing and pre-production challenges!

Videomaker Directing & Pre-Production includes:

  • How to Break Down a Script - A script is the backbone of the movie, but it's also just words on paper. When you shoot your movie, you'll add all sort of subtle changes, nuances and extras that never appear in the script but that will be vital for bringing your production to life. We'll show you how to "read between the lines" to turn words on paper into compelling footage. Learn how to flesh out your characters and discover the story of your next great production.
  • How to Cast a Production - Like it or not, a movie depends on its actors. They're the visible face of the movie, the people whom the audience more closely associate with a movie's success or failure than anything. So naturally you want to cast the best possible actors in your video. How do you choose the best? We'll show you some tips for drawing out an actor's potential during the audition process, so you'll be able to tell when you've found the right man or woman for the job.
  • How to Organize a Shoot - Time is money and organization is key to a good production. This segment will show you how to put together a storyboard so that your actors know where to stand and your camera crew knows where to shoot. We'll also show you how to manage a production schedule so that your shoot doesn't run wild without you!
  • How to Block Shots - You need to make sure that your actors are in the right position or they'll look like they're talking to thin air instead of their fellows. You need a little thing called "blocking." , and it's an important step in determining the direction of your shoot.
  • How to Get Good Performances - Once you've got the actors that you know CAN play the part right, you have to make sure that they DO play the part right. Even a great actor can only give a performance as good as his or her director, so it will be up to you to make sure that you're giving them the direction that will bring out their best work. In this segment, we'll look at how you can work with your actors to better communicate exactly what you need them to do to bring your movie to life.
  • How to Manage a Crew - Being a director involves more than just managing the people in front of the camera; you'll also have to manage the people behind it! The crew is just as vital as the actors, and they can also be just as confused, temperamental or stubborn. You're going to have to keep them in check to keep your production moving efficiently. Here's how!

Click through to learn all the best-kept secrets of successful directing. You can learn these tips through trial and error on the set -- or you can save yourself the grief and learn them before you even step foot near the studio. "How to: Directing & Pre-Production" is the best learning tool for directors available now.