Learn to Direct by Watching Movies
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Learn to Direct by Watching Movies

The fun and easy way to learn about film directing and filmmaking without going to film school.
4.4 (4 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.
18 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Visual storytelling.
  • How directors think.
  • Film directing techniques.
  • Filmmaking tips and tricks.
  • How to design your shots and scenes
  • Blocking and shot styles and styles.
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Requirements
  • No previous training or experience required!
  • This course discusses the Will Smith movie Seven Pounds. If you have not seen the movie, and want to get the most out of this course you may decide you want to rent/buy/stream the film before, during, or after taking the course, or not at all.
Description

Now there is a fun and easy way for ANYONE to learn the art and craft of directing, without spending thousands of dollars and years of your life going to film school, and without spending countless hours reading long, boring filmmaking books.

Learn to Direct by Watching Movies teaches you the art and craft of directing using a popular, modern, Hollywood film that is easy to find.

You learn directing techniques, tips and tricks, and filmmaking fundamentals used by a working director by analyzing one of their feature films.

"Learn To Direct is a fantastic tool for aspiring filmmakers. It is the ideal blend of practical and artistic knowledge that will challenge you to ask yourself the questions necessary to succeed in creating your vision. Learn To Direct is fun, easy, and informative."

- Naomi Ward, Independent Filmmaker

How it Works:

Watch the Movie: Grab some popcorn, sit back in your comfy chair, and watch the feature movie. You supply the film, but Seven Pounds is a modern, popular film starring Will Smith, so it is easy to find on DVD, iTunes, Netflix, On Demand, and other services.

You can choose to watch the movie before you watch the course, while you are taking the course, after you take the course, or not at all. It's completely up to you!

Watch the Course: The program analyzes scenes from the film as well as the director's commentary to teach film directing fundamentals as well as the specific director's techniques, tips, and tricks.

Apply the Skills: Take what you've learned and apply it immediately to your video and film productions. From short films to full length features, you'll be amazed the skills you developed just by watching a movie!


The course consists of three parts:

1. Director's Commentary Summary

First, we see what we can learn about the art and craft of directing by taking a look at the director's commentary. You don't have to spend hours listening to the commentary trying to find information on directing, that's all been done for you. The information is grouped into categories for easy learning.

2. In-Depth Scene Analysis

In this section of the course we do a deep-dive, shot-by-shot analysis of several scenes from the movie to see directing techniques in action. 

Each scene analysis comes with a downloadable PDF shot list and edit list so you can see how the scene was created.

3. Optional Directing Challenges

In this completely optional section of the course you are presented with some fun directing challenges based on the scenes we discussed.

You take the supplied shots lists and edit lists and re-create a few scenes from the movie.

You don't need fancy film equipment of professional actors.

You can use you iPhone and a few friends and you'll be directing scenes from a major motion picture in no time.

Again, this section is completely optional.


Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is interested in learning more about directing movies!
  • Filmmakers
  • Directors
  • Editors
  • Writers
  • Actors
  • Fans of Film
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Curriculum For This Course
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Getting started
1 Lecture 02:38
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Director's Commentary Summary
1 Lecture 12:09
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In-Depth Scene Analysis
4 Lectures 37:52
In-depth Scene Analysis: Scene 1
11:03

In-depth Scene Analysis: Scene 2
09:05

In-depth Scene Analysis: Scene 3
05:52

In-depth Scene Analysis: Scene 4
11:52
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Optional Directing Challenges
1 Lecture 02:33
Directing Challenges
02:33
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:52
Conclusion
00:52
About the Instructor
Udemy Instructor John Schmidt
4.4 Average rating
4 Reviews
18 Students
1 Course
Instructor

I created Learn to Direct by Watching Movies after completing film school and realizing there were no fun and easy ways to learn the fundamentals and techniques of film directing - inside OR outside film school. 

Most of the films that are used to teach directing in film school are old, foreign films that have little connection to the way movies are made today. And most of the books you read are long, boring, highly technical books that do NOT make learning easy or fun.

I thought, "There is no reason why ANYONE with an interest in film can't learn about directing without going to film school, without watching old foreign films, and without reading these boring technical books." 

Learn to Direct by Watching Movies was born.

I have worked on dozens of indie films and judged hundreds of movies as a film festival judge and the one thing missing from most movies is an understanding of film directing. 

My mission is to change that with this course.