Darkest Secrets of Film Directing
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Darkest Secrets of Film Directing

How Successful Directors Overcome Hidden Traps -- and Work Well With Actors, Producers and Screenwriters
4.9 (7 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
53 students enrolled
Created by Tom Marcoux
Last updated 10/2019
English [Auto]
Current price: $125.99 Original price: $179.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn the secrets so you avoid being blindsided by big problems on the set
  • Discover how you can protect yourself from being fired by a producer
  • Handle feeling scared when an actor or crew member is wrecking your film
  • Overcome the filmmaking myths that can screw up your film
  • Take care of yourself so you don't burnout
  • Learn to connect with a Name Actor so he or she will not get you kicked off the film
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Need to watch out that you'll be blindsided while you direct a feature film? Have you heard about the darkest secrets and tough situations that can derail a film director’s career? Directing movies promises vast rewards--but not for free. Traps and pitfalls await even the most talented, most skilled and hard-working director. This course offers priceless knowledge. Knowledge of those traps lying ahead. More, Tom Marcoux describes effective countermeasures with which to handle each one. Problems on set come in many forms. Directors need to spot them in advance and fix them as each arises. When the crew turns on you, a name actor goes through a breakdown mid-shoot, or the producer starts squeezing your budget--knowing all these and the rest of the 21 Darkest Secrets can happen is half the battle. The other half is what countermeasures to use in the face of disaster. Find the techniques you need here in this course. Learn how to not only manage events and people, but come through it with your film complete!

"Darkest Secrets of Film Directing is a great course on the art and craft of film directing. It's especially helpful that Tom Marcoux reveals some important pitfalls you need to avoid." - Danek S. Kaus, Produced Screenwriter

“Tom treats cast and crew with great respect. He listens to ideas, allows a lot of give and take. Many directors remain defensive, even touchy about their own ideas. Tom always seems more interested in seeing what others can bring to a project. His support helped me express the truth in my scenes. ” – David MacDowell Blue, actor, playwright, screenwriter, and author of The Annotated Carmilla

Who this course is for:
  • Film Directors
  • New Filmmakers
  • Actors wanting to direct a film
  • Anyone who wants to keep the crew on your side
  • First time manager
  • Producer wanting to know how to handle problems on the set
  • Producer needing to compensate for a novice or bad director
Course content
Expand all 11 lectures 03:22:45
+ Introduction
1 lecture 01:03

Learn an overview of the course and how you can keep your doubts on the inside while you come across as a great leader on the outside.

Preview 01:03
+ Darkest Secrets 1, 2, 3 (includes Tom is coached by George Takei of Star Trek)
1 lecture 19:56

Hear the story of how George Takei (Star Trek) coached Tom Marcoux so he avoided wasting money and time on the set of his first feature film. Learn how to deal with the mess when some of your best ideas do not work. Learn how to overcome Filmmaking Myths that can really screw you up. Discover how to handle the tough situation when a friend on the set causes you trouble.

Preview 19:56
+ Darkest Secrets 4, 5, 6
1 lecture 24:44

Learn to handle situations in which people get angry. Discover how to deescalate conflicts and get people to cooperate with you. Learn how to handle complications caused by romantic relationships that fall apart or even the good ones that cause jealousy and trouble on the set. Learn the essential methods so you prevent the crew from turning on you.

Video #1 of Section 3
+ Darkest Secrets 7, 8, 9
1 lecture 21:48

Learn to defend yourself from the predators that can be on a feature film. These troublemakers can be so ambitious that they will use their own body or anything else to seduce you or confuse you. Sometimes, a healthy relationship starts during a feature film. Still, you must make sure that other actors or crew members do not see you practicing favoritism. Learn vital methods so that when you're scared, you can still look like a strong and effective leader. Discover the essential techniques that top directors use so they get enough footage, and they do not look foolish when it comes time to edit the feature film.

Video #1 of Section 4
+ Darkest Secrets 10, 11, 12
1 lecture 30:32

Learn how to get out of your own tunnel vision. Discover how to make sure that your film is enhanced by the tunnel vision of all the department heads. Learn how to connect with people and avoid being abrupt with them. Make sure that you direct each individual in the unique way that makes them eager to give their best to your film. Become strong and effective so that you protect your film even when some people will never understand what is necessary to make the film great.

Video #1 of Section 5
+ Darkest Secrets 13, 14, 15
1 lecture 23:28

Learn how to deal with one of the worse situations: Your closest friend on the set has failed you. Learn how to guide them to do better or to appropriately end their employment on your film. Learn the appropriate methods so you can end someone’s employment with the assistance of the producer when necessary. Discover how to use your own style when making the film and continue to focus on the crucial elements of character and story.

Video #1 of Section 6
+ Darkest Secrets 16, 17, 18
2 lectures 35:51

Learn how to deal with moments when you second-guess yourself. Discover how to handle bad advice and still maintain good relationships with your actors and crew. Use a process to assess whether advice is appropriate or is truly bad advice.

Video #1 of Section 7

Learn how to stay mentally and physically strong. Get the support you need from people who are not directly connected with the film. Discover how to strengthen your position so you are less likely to be fired by a producer. Learn techniques to increase your leverage so that you can protect your personal interests even when studio executives try to push you around. Be sure to hire an effective lawyer to support your personal interest.

Video #2 of Section 7
+ Darkest Secrets 19, 20, 21
2 lectures 40:24

Learn methods so you effectively film your movie. Then you keep the producer committed to having you finish your film. Make sure you know what bothers producers so that you avoid being fired. Face the reality that a name actor can get a producer to fire you at any time. Learn methods so that actors know you are their advocate and that you are their first and best audience. Learn how to make sure that the actors know that you are protecting them.

Video #1 of Section 8

Learn how to overcome any negative tendencies you may have that can wreck your film. Be sure to eliminate verbal habits that communicate that you are ignoring the actors’ concerns. Avoid the mistake of shutting down people because you will miss good ideas. Discover how to take the emotional pulse of the actor or crew member. Ultimately, focus on having an effective plan to compensate for your own negative tendencies.

Video #2 of Section 8
+ Bonus Lecture
1 lecture 04:59

Learn a Final Secret that amplifies your skills to accomplish the great film you want to complete. Discover other steps you can take to increase your skills. Get clear that the essence of the 21 Darkest Secrets centers around two principles: 1) Protect the Talent and 2) Guard Momentum.

Bonus Lecture Video