Fundamentals of Directing: From Visualization to Post-Production – 4 Part Class (January 2023)

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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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Back By Popular Demand - A Stage 32 Exclusive Class

Payment plans are available - please contact Sam at edu@stage32.com for more information

Learn from an accomplished director who's worked for Hulu, FX, Comedy Central, and more!

Includes downloadable handouts packed with information on shot lists and camera levels, pre-production guides, and more.

Being a great director is all about having a cohesive vision, a plan and clear communication to execute. Your vision is not only paramount on set but starts in development and goes all the way through post-production. Whether you're directing a big-budget blockbuster, an episode of TV, or your first micro-budget independent feature, your creative vision and how you communicate it is the foundation you build on.

Over four interactive sessions in this exclusive Stage 32 directing class, accomplished director Heath Cullens will show you how to develop your own visual style and point of view, have an understanding of your overall role as the director, go through everything involved in pre-production, 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 is a wealth of knowledge earned from working on acclaimed series, including IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, YOU'RE THE WORST, AP BIO, and many more. 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 needed to be a great director. The information doesn't stop with each session, either. You will continue to have exclusive access to Heath via email for the duration of the class. 

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 style guide
  • Shot lists
  • Shot plan
  • Pre-production guide
  • Mood boards
  • Script

PRAISE FOR HEATH'S PREVIOUS STAGE 32 EDUCATION:

"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.

"This was a phenomenal class. Thank you for providing a class of this caliber. Heath was informative and engaging." -- Angel M.

 

"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 the 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.

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.

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.

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.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • This class is designed for beginner and intermediate students looking to learn the ins and outs of directing a film or television show. This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed class with significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar.
  • This class will consist of four sessions, each roughly two hours in duration and spaced one week apart from one another. In addition to the presentation-style lessons, you will have the opportunity to ask him questions during each session and keep in touch with him via email.
  • Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the process.
  • **Heath will be available on email during the 4 sessions to answer any questions you have about your project.**

  • Plus, downloads of the camera bible, production guides, camera technique and shot sizes documents that Heath uses on his own shoots.

Payment plans are available - please contact Sam at edu@stage32.com for more information

 

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: Sunday 1/29/23 3pm-5pm PDT

Session 2: Monday 2/6/23 3pm-5pm PDT

Session 3: Monday 2/13/23 3pm-5pm PDT

Session 4: Monday 2/20/23 3pm-5pm PDT

 

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Q: What is the format of a class?
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A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live class?
A: If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to re-watch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand class, you will have on-demand access to the recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!

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.

 

"This was a phenomenal class. Thank you for providing a class of this caliber. Heath was informative and engaging."

-Angel M.

 

"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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