Undergraduate Degree




DF3009 Film Directing

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DF2000, DF2005; Academic Unit: 4.0]



DF2000, DF2005​

Academic Unit


4 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To deliver to students a practice-based understanding of the basic functions and responsibilities of a film director in the creation of a film.


The director of a film is commonly considered its author. This course seeks to develop in the student the ability to make unique and coherent directorial choices while also developing the basic skills related to a director’s craft. Consisting of seminars and studio work, Film Directing Workshop provides an intensive introduction to practical film directing. Through practice and the study of precedents, this course develops the student’s ability to communicate with actors and shape on-screen performance; to capture performance effectively through shot design and sequencing; to manage technical crew to fulfil a creative vision; and to articulate a meaningful cinematic narrative.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Overview of the role and responsibilities of a film director during pre-production, production and post-production. 

• Auteur theory and its impact on contemporary cinema. 

• Directorial choices in creating an authorial style, different filmmaking methodologies, supported by film and scene viewings.

• Introduction to practical directing

• Script analysis. 

• Casting

• Rehearsals and Actor Workshops: Performance techniques and the screen actor’s methods for creating character, movement, gesture and voice that communicates emotional truth and meaning.

• Directorial tools and techniques for communicating with actors to shape performance in rehearsals as well as on set


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Articulation of shot sequences to create coherent film forms.

• Crew management, effective communication and set protocols during film production.

• Understanding Film Montage and Editing and Shaping captured performance to create a coherent narrative


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will have an awareness of the extent and limits of the role of a film director in the making of a film.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 30%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 70% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


Required Reading:

  1. Sanford Meisner, Sanford Meisner on Acting, Vintage Books

  2. Jeremy Kagan, Directors Close-Up, Focal Press

  3. Constantin Stanislavski, An Actor Prepares, Routledge

  4. Constantin Stanislavski, Building a Character, Routledge

  5. Andrey Tarkovsky, Sculpting in Time: Tarkovsky The Great Russian Filmmaker Discusses His Art, University of Texas Press

  6. Robert Bresson, Notes on the Cinematographer, Green Integer

  7. Faber & Faber Series on Film directors

  8. Slavoj Zizek (Wri), Sophie Fiennes (Dir), The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, Amoeba Film