Directing - Casting and Working with Actors

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  • This course is open for 12 weeks
  • 12 lesson series
  • Certificate of completion
  • 4 hours, 33 minutes of video
  • Industry-Leading Instructors
  • Illustrated Tutorials


About this Course

Most directors can frame a shot and know where they want the camera, but freeze when they are staring into the eyes of an actor looking for direction. The role of the director is to get the right performance out of the actors, and in the FilmSkills Casting and Directing Actors Course, we give you the tools you need to get a convincing, emotionally rich performance from even the most difficult or inexperienced actor.
Learn the language of acting and techniques for communicating with actors. Learn the step-by step process for conducting powerful rehearsals. Get techniques from network television director on how to analyze characters in the script. We’ll identify common directing mistakes and how to avoid them.  Then learn how to work with actors on set from the moment before calling action to the moment after you call cut. Learn how to direct extras and even the military to craft a convincing and believable environment.
The FilmSkills Casting and Directing Actors Course gives you all the tools you need to effectively work with actors both on and off the set to achieve the performance you want.

The lessons
  • Finding Actors

    Learn how to work with casting directors to approach recognizable actors, how to develop a script that appeals to certain talent, the art of packaging, casting actors on your own, and the pros and cons of working with unknowns.
  • Auditions

    Learn how to find the ideal audition space, attract qualified actors, conduct auditions, and learn what to look for so you can find the perfect cast for your movie.
  • Callbacks

    Learn how to conduct the second and third auditions, what to do after the auditions, recognize danger signs in actors, and how to prepare the actors for the next step: the rehearsals.
  • Analyzing Character

    In this module, you will learn directing techniques to help actors determine the subtext, intent, and back story of their characters. Develop your directing skills and help your actors portray honest, memorable characters.
  • Rehearsing Actors

    Learn how to structure rehearsals, how to conduct a table read, and what the responsibilities are of the director and actors during the rehearsal process.
  • Rehearsal Exercises

    Learn valuable techniques from working Hollywood directors to get to the heart of the actors’ performance, learn rehearsal techniques from developing the character to overcoming mental blocks on the set.
  • The Language of Directing Actors

    Learn from Hollywood actors and directors on how to approach and work effectively with actors on set, how to deal with problematic actors, and how to communicate in the actor’s language.
  • Acting in a Changing Industry

    Renowned actor, instructor, and author, Michael Laskin gives actors advice on how to survive in the ever-changing Hollywood industry.
  • Acting Techniques

    Learn the various types of acting techniques - from Stanislavsky to Chekov.
  • Directing Actors on Set

    Learn what to say to an actor at the beginning of every scene – 30 seconds before you call action and 30 seconds after you call cut, learn how to rehearse on set, establish strong blocking, and how to help actors balance their performance with the technicalities of film production.
  • Directing Mistakes

    Learn to identify common directing problems and how to fix them to ensure you get the best performance on set possible.
  • Directing Extras

    Learn how to find extras, the right way to direct them, how to cheat them on set, liability concerns and how to avoid them, logistics on the shooting day, and the most common problems filmmakers encounter when working with extras