david caesar

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Learn practical skills every screen director needs to know to feel confident directing drama.


  • Breaking down a script

  • Improvisation and rehearsal techniques

  • Cinematic tools for scene impact & story pace

The course delivery includes introductions of theoretical context for each concept, group exercises - including working with professional actors - discussions and debriefings, and the application of concepts and tools in a progressive, experiential, engaging and insightful way.

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Understand the role and what is required of a director in pre-production, production and post-production

  • Break down a script

  • Cast with confidence

  • Work creatively and collaboratively with your cast

  • Work creatively and collaboratively with your crew

  • Effectively achieve your desired result in directing your piece or genre


"I really enjoyed the opportunity to get feedback on practical directing exercises with real time restrictions. There were so many little tips and tricks throughout that are just invaluable and could not be learned in other courses.

"Brilliant! Flew from Melbourne and was worth every cent."


This course is designed for emerging directors, including theatre directors, actors, writers, and producers, but it is recommended you do our Intro to Directing course first if you have no industry experience.

This course is only open to students aged 18 +. If you are under 18, you will not be eligible to attend this course.


David Caesar is a graduate of AFTRS with a significant slate of directing credits. His TV Drama credits include over 100 hours of television including Rush, Underbelly Razor, Phryne Fisher and Underbelly Badness. He also co-wrote and directed the award winning mini series Power Games for the Nine Network. David also has documentary credits including Living Rooms, Body Work and Fences which had theatrical releases and won awards at Sydney, Melbourne and St Kilda Film Festivals.

He has written and directed five feature films, Greenkeeping, Idiot Box, Mullet, Dirty Deeds and Prime Mover. Mullet won the AWGIE for best original screenplay and Australian Critics award best original screenplay in 2001 and best direction at the Shanghai film festival in 2002 and Prime Mover won the Queensland literary award for best original Screenplay in 2009. Most recently he directed Nowhere Boys- The Movie for Matchbox Pictures, Hyde and Seek and Love Child. As well as developing new TV series and Feature Films, he has most recently directed the 4hr mini series Dead Lucky for SBS.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: open@aftrs.edu.au or 1300 065 281

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The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.