Fundamentals Of Directing: From Visualization to Post-Production – 4 Part Interactive Class

Taught by Heath Cullens

$319.20 $399
Class Schedule (4 sessions):
Monday, Nov 29TH 3 - 5PM PST
Monday, Dec 6TH 3 - 5PM PST
Monday, Dec 13TH 3 - 5PM PST
Monday, Dec 20TH 3 - 5PM PST
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Class hosted by: Heath Cullens

Director, IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA

Heath Cullens is an accomplished director best known for directing IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, AP BIO, GREAT MINDS WITH DAN HARMON, and FX’s YOU’RE THE WORST. Heath’s other notable credits include IDIOTSITTER for Comedy Central, DEADBEAT for Hulu, and BLACK JESUS for Adult Swim. In addition to directing, Heath also produced the Lionsgate feature ARMED RESPONSE, starring Cary Elwes, Ethan Embry, and Alan Arkin. A recipient of a Drama League Directing Fellowship and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Heath is well-versed at every step of directing and will now share what he knows exclusively with Stage 32. Full Bio »

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Payment plans available - contact edu@stage32.com 

 

Being a great director is all about having a cohesive vision and clear communication to execute it. This doesn't just happen on set but from development through post-production. Whether you're directing a big-budget blockbuster, an episode of TV, or your first micro-budget independent feature, you can't go into it blind.

In four sessions, accomplished director Heath Cullens will show you how to be an effective director through preparation, strategy, discipline, and overall understanding of your responsibilities and how best to perform them while also being creatively fulfilled. You will develop your own visual style and point of view, have an understanding of your overall role as director, go through everything involved in pre-production, know how to communicate with your cast and crew, determine when you've "got the shot," and have the knowledge needed to work with your editor and receive notes from producers and investors.

Heath has a wealth of knowledge earned from working on acclaimed series, including IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, YOU'RE THE WORST, AP BIO, and GREAT MINDS WITH DAN HARMON. And Heath is sharing the methods he's built over his years of experience with you. You will leave this class with the confidence, skills, and techniques it takes to be a great director. The information doesn't stop with each session, either. You will continue to have exclusive access to these sessions and your mentor, Heath, by email and video conferencing.

Plus! Heath will provide you with a series of exclusive and helpful handouts to take with you and use when directing your next project. Downloads include:

  • Camera Level & Shot Size
  • Shot lists
  • Ground plans – hand drawings
  • Pre-production guide
  • Mood board
  • Camera Bible & Camera techniques

 

Throughout the course of this exclusive online class, you will have direct access to Heath as a mentor by email and via video conferencing.

 

 

Praise for Heath's Previous Stage 32 Directing Class

 

"Sometimes one signs up for a class not really knowing what to expect. This class I could never have anticipated! Heath went above and beyond any expectations I might have harbored. This was one of the best classes I have ever taken on Stage 32 or any other platform. I walked away with so much information, confidence and respect for the role of the director. My heartfelt thanks to Heath"

-Angela R.

 

"Heath was extremely knowledgeable and a great teacher. He had a perfect combination of facts and passion. He invested a lot of energy into, not only, teaching the class, but he also went above and beyond to inspire the class. Very grateful."

-Rainy K.

 

"I found this course so relevant. The content and the presentation were amazing. I especially liked that Heath gave us the ability to look for the big ideas when directing not taking just one or two nuggets. Thank you for always bringing the best instructors and relevant content."
 
-Susan L.
 

What You'll Learn

Session 1: The Role of Director

  • How to develop a visual style.
  • Point of View - honing yours and bringing it to the screen.
  • How to be an effective collaborator.
  • Basic terminology and camera knowledge.
  • Q&A with Heath

You will have an assignment after this session

Session 2: Pre-Production

  • Text Analysis - What is the story you’re telling?
  • Designing a shot list - Blocking the actor and the camera.
  • Camera basics - lenses, aperture, ISO, and depth of field.
  • Scheduling is a creative decision.
  • Q&A with Heath

You will have an assignment after this session

Session 3: Production

  • Working with actors - blocking, giving notes, shaping performance.
  • Making your day - how to speed up when you’re running behind.
  • How to know when you’ve “got the shot”/shooting for the edit.
  • Managing your crew.
  • Q&A with Heath

You will have an assignment after this session

Session 4: Post-Production

  • What to do before meeting with editor.
  • The ins and outs of the editing process - what to do in “the bay”.
  • Managing different edits - how to deal with (sometimes opposing) notes from producers, investors, and the editor.
  • Q&A with Heath

You will be given a reading resource for your directing pursuits

About Your Instructor

Heath Cullens is an accomplished director best known for directing IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, AP BIO, GREAT MINDS WITH DAN HARMON, and FX’s YOU’RE THE WORST. Heath’s other notable credits include IDIOTSITTER for Comedy Central, DEADBEAT for Hulu, and BLACK JESUS for Adult Swim. In addition to directing, Heath also produced the Lionsgate feature ARMED RESPONSE, starring Cary Elwes, Ethan Embry, and Alan Arkin. A recipient of a Drama League Directing Fellowship and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Heath is well-versed at every step of directing and will now share what he knows exclusively with Stage 32.

Schedule

Session 1: The Role of Director - November 29, 2021 3pm-5pm PDT

Session 2: Pre-Production - December 6, 2021 3pm-5pm PDT

Session 3: Production - December 13, 2021 3pm-5pm PDT

Session 4: Post-Production - December 20, 2021 3pm-5pm PDT

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A: Yes! After the purchase of the lab, you will have on-demand access to the video recording, which you can view for one month after the class is complete.

 

 

 

 

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Testimonials

"Sometimes one signs up for a class not really knowing what to expect. This class I could never have anticipated! Heath went above and beyond any expectations I might have harbored. This was one of the best classes I have ever taken on Stage 32 or any other platform. I walked away with so much information, confidence and respect for the role of the director. My heartfelt thanks to Heath"

-Angela R.

 

"Heath was extremely knowledgeable and a great teacher. He had a perfect combination of facts and passion. He invested a lot of energy into, not only, teaching the class, but he also went above and beyond to inspire the class. Very grateful."

-Rainy K.

 

"I found this course so relevant. The content and the presentation were amazing. I especially liked that Heath gave us the ability to look for the big ideas when directing not taking just one or two nuggets. Thank you for always bringing the best instructors and relevant content."
 
-Susan L.
 

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