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The Director's Journey with Lucy Gaffy

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

You’ve learned the basics of directing, but how do you become a working director and build a sustainable career? This eight-week, 100% online course is designed for emerging filmmakers, offering insight into the role of the director to help take your craft to the next level. Led by award-winning and multi-talented director, Lucy Gaffy, you’ll develop your directing knowledge and skills from the comfort of your own home.

Working with the screenplay from a multi-award-winning film, you’ll learn about the preparation, work and insider knowledge needed for the many facets of a director’s role.

The weekly video chat sessions will provide you with insights and knowledge to improve your directorial skill set and apply it to your own projects and career development.

Topics covered include analysing screenplay structure and scene analysis, working with actors, communicating your vision, designing your world, collaborating with your team, pitching for projects and more.

Is The Director's Journey with Lucy Gaffy right for you?

This practical intermediate course is designed for filmmakers with some experience, offering insight into the role of the working director to help take your craft to the next level. There will be some assumed knowledge, so you should undertake an introductory course, such as AFTRS’ Intro to Directing if you don’t have already have practical experience.

What you will learn
  • Screenplay structure and scene analysis
  • Complex visual storytelling
  • Communicating with the camera
  • Casting, rehearsal and working with actors
  • Proof of concept, treatments and pitching
  • Directing beyond the on-set experience

Meet Your Tutors

Lucy Gaffy

Lucy Gaffy is an award-winning filmmaker and Masters graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). She has…

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What you will need

This is an intermediate course. You are expected to have undertaken an introductory directing course prior to enrolling or to have some on-set experience.

Each week you will have small exercises and reading to do outside of the Zoom session. You should allow for approximately 4.5 hours per week to complete the work required to finish the course (including the Zoom session) for a total base learning commitment of approximately 36 hours. For those students interested in doing more additional learning materials and resources will be provided.

This course is delivered 100% online including weekly live Zoom video chat sessions.

You will need access to a computer with a camera, sound (headphones are recommended) and a good internet connection, as well as a quiet place to participate.

To find out about future offerings of this course, register your interest. For more information email info@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877.

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 here.

For more information email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877.