How To Become A Successful Film Director
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How To Become A Successful Film Director

Learn from one of London's top production companies!
3.8 (21 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.
88 students enrolled
Created by ESA Films
Last updated 3/2018
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 19 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How you can become successful as a TVC and corporate video director
  • The most common and uncommon routers to becoming a director
  • How to develop a reel to help your directing career
  • How to develop your network
  • How to write a killer spot and the best approach
  • How to get signed with a top production company
  • Getting directing jobs directly from agencies
  • Getting directing jobs directly from companies
  • Strategies that work with agencies and companies to help you win projects
  • Being a safe pair of hands so that you are trusted in the industry
  • Where else to find directing work
  • The 3 C's of directing
  • Know the industry to ensure your success
  • Sample TVC's
  • Words of wisdom to help you on your journey
  • An interest in directing film, tv or corporate video content
  • No prior experience in directing is required

"Learn from one of London's top production companies"

Whether you are interested in becoming a TV Commercials director, a corporate video director or an online content director – we want to share everything we know with you about how to establish yourself as a successful director.The course lays out the step by step process to building your career. We will be showing you our tried and tested methods which have worked for us time and time again for winning directing projects.Once you’ve finished you’ll know everything there is to know about how to establish yourself as a successful director

About the course creators

This course is one of many in ESA’s Masterclass video series. Our series is the only one produced by an international production company that is currently producing award-winning TV Commercials and corporate videos for some of the world's leading brands such as SONY, Barclays, Kelloggs, BBC, Microsoft and Nokia to name just a few. 

So if you want to know real world techniques, then we can help you.

Why are we making this video

From our years of experience we have developed a wealth of practical knowledge and a passion for creative expression. That is why we are now looking to give back to the industry by supporting and promoting budding directors and film makers to express their creativity and reach a wider audience.

Who is this course for?:

Whether you have directed your own film projects before, or you’re starting from scratch with absolutely zero film making knowledge, then this course will help you build a successful career in the industry by understanding what you have to do to win lucrative and exciting directing jobs. We have found time and time again that its not necessarily the best director who gets the job, its the one who understands how to play the game and how the industry works who gets all the success.

We’re really looking forward to sharing some of the secrets of our industry with you and helping you in your goal to direct great content.

Don't waste any time. Kick start you directing career now and ENROLL TODAY.

Quizzes and Exercises

This course includes quizzes and exercises throughout to help you to really get to grips with the content and become a better film maker.


Angelique Rodrigues

Creative Producer, Course Co-Author and Presenter

My interest in film was born from my love for acting. I discovered the art of screen acting whilst studying for my Performing Arts diploma and Film Studies course. It was only then when I realised how exciting it could be to be behind the camera as well as in front of it!

As Creative Producer at ESA I manage the creative production process from start to finish; including idea creation, script writing, casting, locations and production. I am also involved with the on-set filming, as well as post production such as editing, sound and motion design.

I can’t wait to share my knowledge and experience with other filmmakers and directors to help them reach their goals to success!

Mitchell Brown

Principle Filmmaker and Course Co-Author

I have a passion for telling stories and creating my own films! As a Principle Film Maker at ESA I am a part of the creation process from start to finish.

I develop content from ideation to scripting, and I also do the lighting and camera for many of our productions. What really excites me is the editing and post production and seeing all our work come together.

I want to share the knowledge and skills I have developed through the years about what its takes to be successful in this industry, and am looking forward to sharing that with you, and helping you on your journey to create amazing, world class video and film.

Dave Irving

Head of Digital Marketing, and Course Co-Author

My main goal in life is to help people have their voices heard. Through digital marketing I have found that I’m able to help people stand out amongst the competition and find a platform for their passion. I want to do the same for you.

Since childhood, I have had an active interest in the arts. I first picked up a guitar at the tender age of 7, and have hardly put it down since. That flair for the creative has stuck with me ever since and plays a major role in almost every aspect of my personal and professional life.

As an adult, I have worked as a video content creator over a span of 15 years – but the one thing all of my work has in common is a desire to be seen and heard by as many people as possible. It was through this necessity that I developed an interest in digital marketing.

Although it might not seem as rock-and-roll as picking up a guitar and shredding to a room full of people, my skills as a digital marketing strategist have given me the ability to broaden my audience base far beyond what I previously thought possible – I sincerely hope I can help you do the same.

Zah Ahmad

Film Director, Course Co - Author

Zaheer is an award winning Director, Writer and Producer at ESA Films where he has directed and produced content for some of the world’s leading brands such as Sony, Microsoft, Shell, HSBC and AMEX, General Electric, IBM, Colgate and Kelloggs.

During his career, he has attracted notable industry accolades and awards: Winner ‘Gold Award for Best Short’ at the WorldFest 2013 for his film ‘Beautiful Impurity’, which followed an Honourable Mention Award at Richmond International Film Festival 2013 and being selected as a Finalist at Crystal Palace International Film Festival. The film has received recognition at the Berlin Independent Film Festival, and also achieved Official Selections at some of the most prestigious festivals in the world, including Oscar affiliated Montreal World Film Festival. Most recently the film has been honoured at the American Online Film Awards.

Prior to this, his film ‘Runaways’ was awarded 'Winner Gold Remi’ at the Houston International Film Festival 2007, 'Best Short Nomination' at the Salento International Film Festival 2007 and ‘Highly Recommended' category winner at Leicester International Film Festival 2007. He is also past winner of the LFS Script Competition for the drama 'Love After Death' 2005.

After graduating from Warwick University with a BSc (Hons) Management Science he studied film at London Film Academy before progressing to a Post Graduate degree in Film Making at the prestigious London Film School.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to become a director
  • Anyone with an interest in film, TV or corporate video direction
Course content
Expand 11 lectures 51:15
+ How To Become A Film Director
11 lectures 51:15
A quick exercise to help you consolidate what you have learnt so far.
Step 1 - What is important for any wannabe Director Questions
2 questions
Step 2 - Getting signed with a Production Company
This exercise will help you to figure out which type of director you are and which type of content you should direct.
Step 2 - What kind of director are you?
5 questions
Step 3 - Directors treatments that win jobs
In this exercise you will answer some questions about directors treatments.
Step 3 - Directors treatments that win jobs exercise
2 questions
Step 4 - Getting work directly with Agencies
In this exercise you will complete written answer questions to help reinforce what you have learnt in the previous lecture.
Step 4 - Getting work directly with agencies exercise.
3 questions
Step 5 - Test Ad's
This exercise will help you to reinforce what you have learnt in the previous step.
Step 5 - Test Ad's Exercise
3 questions
Step 6 - Know the agency or company you are targeting
Step 7 - Sample TV Commercials
A quick exercise to help you consolidate what you have learnt.
Step 7 - Sample TVC's Exercise
2 questions
Step 8 - Being a director / camera operator
Answering these written questions will help you consolidate the information from the previous step.
Step 8 - Being a Director / Camera Operator Questions
2 questions
Step 9 - Words of Wisdom