2024 Film Directing Course Applications Open!

2024 Film Directing Course Applications Open!

To apply to be an Actor, fill out this application.

Film Directing Course: Process and Practice for Stage and Film

Freehold is proud to once again offer the one-of-a-kind Film Directing Course for established and aspiring directors. This is one of the few courses in the PNW where directors get to work hands-on with actors, text, on-camera techniques, and post-production tools with master teachers John Jacobsen and Robin Lynn Smith, with instruction from Andy Tribolini. Students will also come away from this course with a short film to use for further professional career development, in addition to having the chance to see their film on the big screen at the end-of-semester showcase.

Due to the intensive nature of the course, class size is limited to 8 directors in order to give each director hands-on experience and lots of one-on-one work with the instructors and actors. We audition actors and interview directors to join the class, and students will work on a variety of different projects with focus on the following:

  • what it takes to write a good scene
  • how to get honest and specific performances
  • where to put the camera and how to frame
  • for actors: your relationship to the camera and what you need to know about coverage
  • learning best practices for film editing

Working with theatre text will give directors and actors an opportunity to work with layered, proven material in which a rich subtextual life is necessary; then, directors will move onto filming a short film (i.e., shoot something you write or shoot a short film we find). Cast from the course and/or supplement with your own cast (and learn important info on the casting process in this course, too).

Writers that wish to pen their own short films for the course will work with the instructor, John Jacobsen, in special outside sessions at an additional cost.

The proven beauty of this course is that directors shoot and edit their short three times, thus giving the instructors and students the ability to improve it in a systematic way. The course will culminate in a final public screening at a local theater that will give everyone a chance to celebrate their work on the big screen.

This class is an excellent follow-up for students who have taken Directing or Acting for the Camera at Freehold. The Film Director Course is by audition for both actors and directors. The application deadline for Directors to apply is closed. Director Auditions are Jan 10. The application deadline for Actors is January 8, and auditions are January 17. The price for Directors is $895 and Actors are $360. The course runs Mondays and Wednesdays, starting January 22 for Directors, and January 24 for Actors. This class runs until April 24th

To apply to be an Actor, fill out this application. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out at info@freeholdtheatre.org.