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Advanced Directing

Starts April 29

7 Sessions: Thursdays, April 29-June 10, 7-9:30pm

One of the most prominent positions in filmmaking, the director is the nexus of all creative decisions made during the creation of any feature film, television series, short, or documentary. Although every director relies on core tools, the expectations and challenges facing them vary greatly between projects and formats.

Whether you’re just starting out or an established director, someone working in narrative filmmaking with an interest in documentaries, or vice versa, this course opens up the art and craft of directing to novices and experts alike. Outlining the real-world tools and expectations of the professional director, participants discover and hone new skills in directing feature films, television/serialized programming, documentaries, new media, and more.

From blocking to collaboration, visual storytelling, working with actors, unions, and strengthening one’s voice, this course will prepare each student to tackle any directing situation – whether it’s your first short or a studio feature. Familiarity with production—whether narrative, documentary, or new media—recommended, but not required.

Topics include:

  • Directing: History, Tools, and Techniques
  • Approaches to Casting and Rehearsals
  • Blocking and Lighting
  • Costumes and Props
  • Collaborating with Crew and Supporting their Success
  • Filming Fights and Stunts
  • On-Set Procedures: Union vs. Non-Union
  • Director’s Role in Post-production
  • Directing Feature Films: Studio and Independents
  • Directing Television and Serialized Programs
  • Directing Documentaries and Reality Programming
  • Directing VR, New Media, and Streaming Content
  • Finding and Marketing Your Voice
  • Representation, Agents, Managers, and Lawyers
  • Directors Guild of America and the Professional Field

NOTE: Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom cloud-based video conferencing service. For optimal performance it is recommended that you install Zoom on your computer rather than running it from a web browser. We’ll e-mail you a course reminder and Zoom link a few days prior to the first session. Click here for a Zoom tutorial.

Tuition: $165 / $125 low-income

Minneapolis based writer/director Jake Yuzna has been professionally directing feature films, television, commercials, and new media projects for over fifteen years. Their films have screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, London Film Festival, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center, and the British Film Institute, among others. Yuzna is the first American feature director to win the Teddy Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. In addition, they received additional grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital Foundation, Frameline Foundation, McKnight Foundation, IFP, and FilmNorth, as well as being recognized by the American Film Institute with the Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Award in Directing. Yuzna has also directed projects for a range of clients including SONY USA, Adobe, L’Oréal, and the Standard Hotel Group.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




April 29 @ 7:00 pm
June 10 @ 9:30 pm
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7 Sessions: Thursdays, April 29-June 10, 7-9:30pm