Film Directing Certification Course

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  • This course is open for 12 weeks
  • 18 lesson series
  • 6 hours, 52 minutes of video
  • Industry-Leading Instructors



As a director, you are the master storyteller, tasked with interpreting the script into a visually entertaining story that can be produced within the time and budgetary restrictions of the production.

From working with the actors to achieve the desired performance to planning the shots and flow of each scene, the director’s artistic vision touches every aspect of the filmmaking process. The thousands of decisions the director makes can each influence the quality of the final product, and understanding how the production process works is key to making the right choices.

In the Film Directing Certification Course, you will learn from over a dozen internationally recognized TV and film directors who methodically guide you through every step of the directing process. From working with actors to managing the set, this insider's look at the process will help you optimize the pre-production process, analyze the characters, improving your communication on set, and interact with the crew in a way that guarantees your vision makes it from your mind to the screen.

This self-guided online course connects you to successful television and feature film directors, each of whom share the knowledge, experiences, and techniques with you. 

  • Break down a script and analyze characters
  • How to develop a visual story and theme for your production
  • Design and implement storyboards and pre-visualization techniques
  • Find and attract qualified, convincing actors
  • Conduct an effective audition to find the right actor for each role
  • Warning signs to look out for in potential actors
  • How to work with a casting agency
  • Techniques for breaking down the script
  • How to interface with each department and effectively convey your vision
  • What to do 30 seconds before calling "Action"
  • What to do right after calling "Cut"
  • Properly block, light, rehearse, tweak, and shoot a scene no matter how large your crew
  • On-set tutorial for directing a scene
  • Create an effective, fool-proof shot list
  • Advanced techniques for blocking natural, convincing performances
  • Determine the proper coverage for each camera angle
  • Track continuity for seamless editing
  • Plot character arcs and motivations
  • Techniques to conduct effective rehearsals
  • Properly direct and communicate with actors
  • Balance performance with the cinematic look of the frame
  • How to direct extras to create convincing background action appropriate the world of your story

In this self-guided online course, top television and feature film directors reveal the techniques, experiences, and advice they’ve learned after decades open set.  Your instructors include:

Director, Executive Producer
Rob directed "The X-Files" movie, numerous episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and was the Executive Producer of ABC's hit drama, “Castle."

Director of over 150 episodes of prime-time network shows, including "Grey’s Anatomy," "Desperate Housewives," "Brothers and Sisters," and "Private Practice." For cable television, she has directed In "Plain Sight," "Weeds," and "Drop Dead Diva."

Emmy-Winning Director
Two-time Emmy winning director, Mary Lou has helmed episodes for dozens of prime time shows, including "NCIS: New Orleans," "The Quad," "Hart of Dixie," "The Game," "Monk," and "The Hughleys.”

Andy is best known for directing Harrison Ford in the Oscar nominated, "The Fugitive." He has also directed numerous feature FilmSkills, including "Under Siege," "Above the Law" (both starring Steven Segal), "Code of Silence," "Holes," "The Package" and "The Guardian."

Randal Kleiser's first feature "Grease" is the most successful movie musical ever made. Other credits include "The Blue Lagoon," "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble," "Summer Lovers," "Flight of the Navigator," "White Fang," "North Shore," "Getting It Right," "Lovewrecked" and "It's My Party."

Actor, "The Matrix"
Anthony is an American actor best know for his role as Dozer in "The Matrix." His other credits include, "Spartacus," "The Marine," "The Frighteners," and "The Resolve."

Steve has directed hundreds of hours of prime time television shows, including, "Friends," "Empty Nest," "Men at Work," "Melissa & Joey," "According to Jim," "Love, Inc." and "What I Like About You"


The lessons
  • 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.
  • 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
  • A Director's Prep - Beginning the Project

    Learn how to begin the directing process, read the script for the first time, best prepare long before you even set foot on set, and how to breakdown the script for character and story.
  • How to Shoot a Scene

    Learn the process of how to shoot a scene: blocking, light, rehearse, tweak, and shoot.
  • How to Direct a Scene

    Learn how to direct a scene from blocking the actors to choosing the camera angles.
  • Blocking Actors

    Learn how to block the actors, what story cues to look for, how to drive the blocking emotionally, and how to work with the actors to get the best physical performance possible.
  • Basic Coverage

    Learn the basic template for shooting the action in a scene - the master, coverage, inserts and cat-in-the-window shots, learn how to vary shot size to increase coverage, break the standard, plan for the edit, and ensure you get the coverage you need.
  • Advanced Coverage

    Learn how to craft a oner, create a psychological impact for each shot, create compelling establishing shots, manipulate the pacing and rhythm of a scene, determine the opening visual, and enhance transitions from one scene to the next.  
  • Shooting the Rehearsal

    Asking the cast and crew to shoot the rehearsal may seem like a time-saver on set, but is it?
  • Storyboards and Pre-Visualization

    Learn how to work with a storyboard artist, use pre-visualization software, know how detailed storyboards should be, creative restrictions to be aware of, how to create storyboards even if you can't draw, and when to use animatics.
  • Creating a Shotlist

    Learn how to create a shot list, location requirements, how to decide your shots, the elements in a shotlist, how the shot lists are used to schedule and budget a film, and to prepare for days when you go over schedule or over budget.
  • Continuity and Script Notes

    Learn how the script supervisor tracks continuity and how to create a continuity notebook.
  • About this Course

    This lesson provides instructions on how to make the most out of this course.