Sydney - May 12 2018

AFTRS Sydney
May 12 2018 - May 13 2018
Attendance Pattern
Two sessions, Sat & Sun, 9am to 5pm
Lucy Gaffy
Course fee
$350 / $315

'What does a director do?'

This introductory, two day course will focus on the responsibilities and workflow of the film and television director, from pre through to post production.


  • What does a director do?

  • Narrative storytelling - what is it?

  • The flow of story information

  • Cause and effect

  • The script - interpreting visuals

  • Visual economy in storytelling

  • Directing: communicating through pictures

  • The screenplay

  • Story as a visual guide

  • Plot and character development

  • Director relationships - writer, cinematographer, actors, editor

  • Preproduction - how to prepare to shoot

  • Actor processes / rehearsal techniques (directing actors)

  • Scheduling

  • Creating shot lists

  • Casting

  • Locations - scouting and securing

  • Production

  • The departments: an overview

  • The basic principles of blocking for camera & cast, i.e. ‘Block, Light, Rehearse, Shoot’

  • Post-production

  • Principles of film editing

  • Stages: Assembly, Rough Cut, Fine Cut

  • The role of director in post production


'Fantastic teacher. Prior to turning up I was wondering what benefit a weekend course could actually be and couldn't imagine that I would learn terribly much in just two days. This turned this thought on its head!'

'Although only an introductory course, I learnt more than I could have hoped for.'


This is an introductory course. No previous experience required.

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


Lucy Gaffy is an award-winning filmmaker and Masters graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). She has been working in the industry for over ten years across a broad range of productions including short films, documentaries, long-form projects, television commercials and episodic television. She was 2009 recipient of the European Union Travel Scholarship to travel to the DocPoint Festival in Helsinki to show her Documentary "Century Witness" and in 2010 was nominated for an AustralianDirectors Guild award and received an AFI nomination for her film “The Love Song of Iskra Prufrock”which subsequently screened at over 60 International Festivals. Lucy was a recipient of the 2012 Screen NSW Emerging Filmmakers Fund with which she made her award-winning short “The Gift”. Lucy received her second Directors Guild nomination for her short film “The Fence” which subsequently premiered at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival in South Korea. More recently Lucy was awarded Hot Shots funding through Screen Australia for her proof of concept short “Dream Baby” which she completed in 2015 and in 2016 was awarded the ADG Attachment on the CJZ Production of the Channel Nine Mini Series BOND. “Dream Baby” had its World Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August 2016 and recently won the 2016 AACTA Award for Best Short Film. With "Dream Baby" Lucy was also nominated for her third Australian Directors Guild Award, won Best Film at Heart of Gold Festival and won Best Direction at the 2017 Flickerfest Festival. In 2017 Lucy received the Screen Australia Talent + Development Endowment for a three month placement as an observing Director at the Juilliard School of Drama in New York before being selected by the ADG & Essential Media to direct an Episode of the Channel 9 series Doctor Doctor through the Shadow Directing Program. Along with Tom Noakes and Will Goodfellow Lucy is Co-Founder of the Directors Collective GOONO based in Sydney, Australia.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: 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.