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Directing Dramatic Film

This intensive workshop will introduce you to the process of directing a project on any scale. The workshop covers practical aspects of directing such as casting, locations, storyboards, rehearsals, telling a story with pictures, the psychology of composition, moving the camera, screen direction, eye-lines and the axis, shooting schedule, on set protocol, and other production concerns. Participants will break down a scene from a film script and compare it with how the film’s director actually shot it. Various film clips will also be shown to illustrate the key points of directing.

The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking and Camera Theory workshops are recommended as prerequisites. This course is recommended as a companion to the Directing Actors for Film, Intimacy Coordination, Short Film Writing, Advanced Script Studio, Producing Dramatic Film, Scipt Supervision and Dramatic Film Editing workshops.​

Prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application. You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the class begins which will prompt you to open the application or web browser. Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time for attendance and class participation. ONLINE workshops may be recorded for staff and facilitator assessment. Recorded material will not be made available to participants. Review all workshop policies before registering.

This workshop is sponsored by DRCC. Learn more at:

part 1: Mon 18 October 2021, 6 - 9 pm   
part 2: Mon 25 October 2021, 6 - 9 pm   
(Registration deadline is Mon 18 October 5:00 pm)

Instructor: Meelad Moaphi

Toronto filmmaker Meelad Moaphi is a BFA ('10) and MFA ('19) graduate of York University's film production program. His works have screened internationally, including at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and Montreal World Film Festival, and he has served as editor on numerous commercial projects, in addition to film and television content. Moaphi's unique international upbringing has informed his culturally diverse body of work, which range in pieces in English, Spanish, and even Farsi and Japanese. Worth his latest piece, shot in Pakistan with Urdu dialogue, simultaneously serves as a proof-of-concept for his debut feature. 

Category: Writing & Directing
Maximum Capacity: 15
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$100 /member$125 /nonmember