Hollywood Film & Television Directing Masterclass
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Hollywood Film & Television Directing Masterclass

Learn How to Become a Working Hollywood Director, Take Your Filmmaking & Video Production to the Next Level
4.5 (35 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,232 students enrolled
Last updated 4/2017
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Includes:
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Direct a short film, feature film or any narrative content.
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Requirements
  • A love for filmmaking and directing the camera
  • Understand basic filmmaking concepts
Description

Join over 12,000 Students who are learning from our courses.

Want to learn how great directors create award-winning films? Want to learn how to become a working Hollywood director in Television or Film?

In this online course you'll learn When to Move the Camera in your next film and video production. The key here is that camera movement must be invisible. It should serve the story without calling attention to itself. Next, learn How To Move the Camera most effectively by systematically fulfilling Five Tasks when designing each moving master shot. Finally, learn how a master of visual design like Zemeckis customizes his application of these Five Tasks to the unique demands of each scene.

Excellent content. But you'd better pay attention or you will miss something. This course is packed with loads or useful and well explained stuff. - Mr Mick Farmer

Instructor is clearly in command of craft and engages with questions, simple explanations and familiar examples. Video and audio are excellent. - Bill Halford

Veteran film and television director Gil Bettman will teach you how to enhance drama and heighten action by using different lenses. This is the key to Lensmanship – the technique which Spielberg borrowed from Wells, Kubrick and others to transform the look of today's films.

Once you have grasped Lensmanship you are ready for the final lesson -- How to Shoot Action Sequences. Gil will show you how Kathryn Bigelow, John Woo and others ignite the screen by putting the camera in the right place and using the right lenses. Here's what will be covered in the course.

  • Why you must shoot with a moving camera
  • When to move the camera 
    • Why all camera movement should be invisible
    • The three kinds of camera movement that are always invisible
  • How to move the camera – shoot the best moving master shot
    • The five tasks of a moving master:
      • Establishes geography and believability
      • Eliminates edits
      • Generates eye candy
      • Focuses the audience on the center of the drama
      • Picks up coverage
    • How to customize the five tasks to each scene
      • Examples: dailies from:
        • Movies for TV
        • Low budget features
        • Big budget features directed by Bob Zemeckis
  • Lensmanship 
    • How the look of 3 different lenses is the key to understanding all lenses
    • The three ways that lenses change the look of a shot
      • Perspective
      • Field of Vision
      • Depth of Field
  • Shooting Action 
    • The 3 key components to shooting action
      • Put the camera in the right place
        • Breaking down your shots
      • Put the right lens on the camera
        • How lenses affect motion in the frame
      • Get the right number of pieces
        • How coverage heightens energy
    • How to shoot a chase
    • How to shoot a fight

So what are you waiting for. Jump start your filmmaking career as a film director. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Independent Filmmakers
  • Webseries Directors
  • Television Directors
  • Film Students
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to move the camera to better tell the story
  • Cinematographers
  • Film Producers
Curriculum For This Course
41 Lectures
05:00:31
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Shooting a Good Moving Master Shot
7 Lectures 27:52


Gil breaks down how to shoot a great moving master shot.

Preview 04:29

Understand why Internally Generated Camera Moves Are Invisible

Preview 05:24

Gil discuss how to set up a great moving establishing shot

Moving Establishing Shots
04:25

Gil shows you how infamous director Lars Von Trier breaks the rules

Showing Off by Showing the Camera Movement
05:42

Gil breaks down Quentin Tarantino Great One'er

Preview 04:30
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Five Tasks of a Good Moving Master
8 Lectures 48:54

Gil shows you how to Establish Geography and Show Everything

Task 1: Establish Geography
08:33

Gil breaks downs how Oscar winning director Robert Zemeckis moves the camera in a moving master

Task 1a: Put the Money On the Screen
06:37

Best Moving Shots Stay Focused on the Center of the Drama

Task 2: Focus on the Drama
04:24

At the Moments of Peak Drama the Best Directors Stop Moving the Camera

Task 2a: Drama and Seamlessness Fight Each Other
02:46

At the Moments of Peak Drama the Best Directors Stop Moving the Camera

Task 3: How to Generate Eye Candy
08:35

Save Time & Money. Pick Up Coverage In Your Moving Master Shots

Task 4: How to Pick Up Coverage In Your Moving Master Shots Pt 1
03:57

Save Time & Money. Pick Up Coverage In Your Moving Master Shots

Task 4a: How to Pick Up Coverage In Your Moving Master Shots Pt 2
08:07

Use the Moving Camera to Eliminate Edits Like the Great Directors Do

Task 5: Eliminate Edits = Seamlessness
05:55
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Mastering the Master Shot
4 Lectures 23:53

Gil discusses patterns to look out for in a good moving masters

The Default Pattern of a Good Moving Master Shot
05:37

Customizing the Default Pattern to the Unique Needs of the Scene

When the Default Pattern Works
06:03

Let's Analyze Robert Zemeckis Technique

How to Shoot a One'er
02:06

Gil breaks down a scene from Robert Zemeckis' What Lies Beneath

A Unique Master for a Unique Scene
10:07
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How to Direct and Shoot Action
7 Lectures 32:22

These are the building blocks of a great action sequence

The ABCs of Shooting Great Action Sequences
01:44

As a director understanding lenses is imperative and it's easier than you think

Lenses Made Easy
04:06

The mystery of forced perspective is revealed

Forced Perspective Made Easy
04:39

Depth of Field and Field of Vision Made Easy

Understanding Depth of Field and Field of Vision
05:38

Gil shows you how to amp up your shots by picking the correct lenses for the job

Amp Up Your Static Shots Using Lenses
05:03

How to pick the correct lens for the shot, here's a guide

How to Pick the Best Lens for Each Moving Shot Pt 1
05:11

How to pick the correct lens for the shot, here's a guide

How to Pick the Best Lens for Each Moving Shot Pt 2
06:01
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Storyboarding for Action Sequences
8 Lectures 41:02

We go over how to storyboard an action sequence

Storyboarding Action -- the Key to Success
04:30

Gil breaks down the Climactic Action Sequence of the film Never Too Young to Die

The Climactic Action Sequence of "Never Too Young to Die"
02:29

Storyboard break down of an action sequence from Never to Young to Die

Shooting Action - Break Down Storyboards #1-4
04:34

Storyboard break down of an action sequence from Never to Young to Die

Shooting Action - Break Down Storyboards #5-10
05:27

Storyboard break down of an action sequence from Never to Young to Die

Shooting Action - Break Down Storyboards #11-18
04:50

We discuss Correct Camera Position Lens

Shooting Action - Break Down Storyboards #19-25
05:43

Storyboard break down of an action sequence from Never to Young to Die

Shooting Action - Break Down Storyboards #26-32
03:22

Here is the Final Edited Sequence - Gene Simmons Ambushes John Stamos

Final Edited Sequence - Gene Simmons Ambushes John Stamos
10:07
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How to Shoot a Chase Scene
4 Lectures 18:04

Shoot a Great Foot Chase - Rule 1- No -Tie-In- Shots

Great Action, Low cost - Point Break Foot Chase
04:17

The secret to a good action sequence

Use the Wide Angle Lens to Shoot a Great Chase
05:52

Learn how to compress the image for effect

How To Shoot a Great Chase Using Telephoto-Long Lense
04:24

Add humor takes your foot chase to a whole other level

Use Humor to Make Your Action Sequence Great
03:31
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How to Breakthrough as a Director
1 Lecture 03:28

Just go out and make your film

Final Thoughts of Directing
03:28
About the Instructor
Alex Ferrari
4.5 Average rating
325 Reviews
11,994 Students
8 Courses
Filmmaker, Post Guru, Social Media & Marketing Innovator

Hi, I'm Alex. I've been in the film industry for over 20 years and have worked on over 1000 feature films, shorts, commercials, music videos, network promos, documentaries and webisodes. My personal films have been screened in 600+ film festivals around the world.

Many filmmakers have walked through my doors over the years and I have had the pleasure of a front row seat to see how all these projects start and finish. I've worked with Sundance and Academy Award™ winners as well as the beginning film student. Some projects make it and many never see the light of day.

You'll find my approach to my courses a bit raw and real. That's because I care about my students, fellow artists and filmmakers. I've seen and personally made many missteps over the years and I want to help you avoid making the same costly mistakes. The industry is abusive to the new comer and I hope I can help you navigate the shark infested waters.


Gil Bettman
4.5 Average rating
34 Reviews
2,232 Students
1 Course
Film Director and Instructor

In 1995, Gil was hired by Dean Bob Bassett as a full time professor to teach directing and screenwriting in the film department at Chapman University. Since then, he has helped his visionary dean build the little-known film department into one the preeminent filmschools in the world – The Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Bettman is now one of the mainstays of Chapman’s world-class directing department along with internationally acclaimed directors John Badham and Martha Coolidge and industry stalwarts Jeff McCracken and Andy Lane.

Following the publication of his book, First Time Director, in 2003, Bettman was invited to teach a seminar in mise-en-scene, or visual design, at the Hamburg Media School. For this seminar he crafted a unique, easy-to-grasp approach to the visual side of directing which enables the student to quickly master the tricky art of shooting with a moving camera. The success of Gil’s approach to teaching directing the camera resulted in his being asked to give his seminar at other leading filmschools in Europe, Asia and Africa. 

Since then he has taught at eighteen top schools in fourteen countries, among them The Danish Film School; The Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm; UIAH in Helsinki; The Northern Film School in Leeds, UK; FAMU in Prague; The Institute of Film, Television and Radio, Ostankino, in Moscow; AFDA in Johannesburg; Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore; The Harbin Institute of Technology in China; and The University of Hawaii.