Produced by George Lucas and Randal Kleiser, this series of lectures are excerpts from Nina Foch’s directing class conducted at the University of Southern California in 2002. The lectures, organized into sections, cover script analysis, casting, directing, and acting. Spend some time watching Nina, learn from her and implement her ideas into your own work. You’ll be amazed how far she can take you.
Who can benefit from Nina Foch’s course? Directors? Absolutely. Actors? Yes. But, it’s equally valuable for writers, editors, producers, and anyone with more than a passing interest in the art and craft of filmmaking. This material can be used for an entire course, as part of a course, or a rich reference source to immerse yourself in your craft.
How to break down the story into its simplest beats, discover the moral of the story, and find the thing in the story that everyone is trying to do.
Nina Foch was born in the Netherlands of a notable Dutch family and starred in Broadway plays, over a thousand television programs, and more than fifty Hollywood films, including “An American In Paris", “Spartacus", and “The Ten Commandments". She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in “Executive Suite". Her television credits include “Tales of the City", “War and Remembrance", “Just Shoot Me" and an Emmy nominated performance in “Lou Grant".
She worked as assistant to the director for George Stevens' “The Diary of Anne Frank" and has directed plays and television movies. The public knew her best as an actress, but her life was centered around teaching.
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 andIt's My Party.
In 2007, his USC Thesis film Peege was selected by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Registry. Working in 70mm 3-D, he directed Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, which has been running for over a decade at the Disney Parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo, and Paris.
With George Lucas, he recently released a 2 DVD set, "USC School of Cinematic Arts presents the Nina Foch Course for Filmmakers and Actors". In 2010 he was elected to the Science and Technology Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.