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Directing Intensive

Behind the scenes of 'Suburban Wildlife' | Dir. Imogen McCluskey | Photo: Chelsea Thistlewaite

Develop your craft as a Director in storytelling, script analysis and working with actors in this five day intensive with hugely experienced Director Ian Watson. You’ll develop skills in casting, rehearsal techniques, breaking down a script and scene blocking. This course will focus on TV Drama, but the skills you’ll learn are relevant to all screen content.

Gain a deeper understanding of the role of Director and what is required of a director in pre-production, production and post-production

How to communicate your ideas to professional actors in a clear and practical way and understanding of the possibilities of the rehearsal process

Developing your directorial voice and how to communicate it effectively

Is the Directing Intensive right for you?

If you need to develop your craft skills as a Director, this course will be valuable. It is NOT suitable for someone who has no filmmaking experience. Ideally you would have directed a short film, web series, TVC or Similar and wish to expand your skills in the areas of working with actors and script analysis.

If you have not studied directing previously, it may be useful to consider the Intro to Directing course first.

Meet Your Tutors

Ian Watson

Ian Watson has been directing for over 30 years, firstly in theatre and then in television and film. He has…

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What you will need

This is an intensive 5 day course, where you will be expected to actively participate in practical exercises with your classmates. You should have filmmaking experience – including on-set experience – and preferably some directing experience as mentioned above.

Directing Intensive Offerings


20 Jan 2020 to 24 Jan 2020
Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:00pm

Early Bird Industry Price:

This price is available to all Australian screen and broadcast practitioners and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.

Early Bird Course Price:

This is the standard course price and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.

AFTRS, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park NSW 2021

For more information call 1300 131 461, or register for future offerings.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ** AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds.