Undergraduate Degree




DF3011 Advanced Directing for Film

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites:DF3009; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

This course examines advanced directorial technique with emphasis on the authorship function of a director. Through research and practice, students will develop their directorial technique in performance, shot and sound design, and cinematic language.


This course will develop in the student the ability to make unique and coherent directorial choices as well as their voice as a cinematic auteur. Consisting of research and studio work, this course builds on the techniques learned in directing for film. This course expands the students’ range of performance technique, emphasizing on informed technical choices that impact cinematic language. Students will be expected to write their own original screenplay, and translate the film from script to screen, thereby developing the students’ ability to shape on-screen performance, to capture performance effectively through shot design and sequencing, and to create a meaningful cinematic narrative.

Course Outline




• Introduction to the course

2 - 6

• Experiments and research in a range of performance techniques, styles and methodologies 

- Performance technique and style as a function of authorship


• Research on writing technique and conceptualisation of a screenplay. 

- Creation of an original screenplay

- Scene readings with actors


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 10

• The technical aspects of cinematic language 

- Research of related cinematic styles

11 - 12

• Final Edit and creation of soundscape; lock completed picture and audio


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

  • Have advanced knowledge of a range of performance techniques and styles for screen

  • Have advanced knowledge of producing a cinematic narrative with a unique voice and form.

  • Have an advanced knowledge of the technical choices in sound and picture to create a coherent cinematic experience.

  • This will be evidenced by an original screenplay and original short film made from the screenplay.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 40%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 60%

Continuous assessment components will include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments

  • Class participation


Suggested Reading:

  1. Andrey Tarkovsky, Sculpting in Time: Tarkovsky The Great Russian Filmmaker Discusses His Art, University of Texas Press, 1989, ISBN-10: 0292776241

  2. Robert Bresson, Notes on the Cinematographer, Green Integer, 1997, ISBN-10: 1557133654

  3. François Truffaut, Helen G. Scott, Hitchcock, Simon & Schuster; Revised edition, 1985 ISBN-10: 0671604295

  4. Sanford Meisner, Sanford Meisner on Acting, Vintage Books; 1st edition, 1987 ISBN-10: 0394750594