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Directing Boot Camp [In-Person] – FULL

Starts September 11

1 session: Saturday, September 11, 1-3:30pm

One of the most important skills of the director is to problem solve. Planning and logistics are a key component to solving issues before they happen or may arise down the road. We’ll cover topics such as shot lists, timing the amount of takes, knowing your locations and where the light is coming from, how many members of a crew are necessary, loading into the location, starting off with your wide shot first, and more.  

This is not the approach of “organic” filmmaking, but rather establishing exactly what you want and executing that plan on the day. Basic knowledge of producing and cinematography is helpful but not required.


  1. Lining Your Script
  • Shots
  • Timing
  1. Storyboarding
  • Google Images
  • Drawing
  • 3D (CineTracer)
  1. Lighting Diagrams
  • Drawing
  • 3D (Cine Tracer)
  1. Wants versus Needs
  • Crew
  • Location
  • Gear
  1. First Production Day
  • Load In
  • Wide Shot First
  • Rhythm

NOTE: this in-person course will be held at FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. In order to participate, participants (students and instructors) will be required to wear masks at all times inside the FilmNorth facility. We thank you for helping keep FilmNorth and our community safe! Be advised that this course may switch to online should Covid circumstances warrant it.

Tuition: $85 regular | $60 member | $40 low-income

David J. Buchanan is a Minneapolis-based writer/director whose work includes Rideshare, See You Soon, and the acclaimed feature film, Black in Minneapolis. David started his career in documentary filmmaking at fourteen years old, and his work includes many localized stories around social justice. At fifteen, he won the Screenlabs Challenge Audience Award at Screenwriters’ Workshop, where he developed his screenplays. At twenty, he worked on his first commercial project, where he learned about the craft of lighting. He has written over 15+ feature films, 35+ shorts, worked on 300+ docs, 100+ commercials, and 20+ feature films. David is a 2020 McKnight Media Artist Fellow.

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.




September 11, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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1 session: Saturday, September 11, 1-3:30pm