Directing Actors for Screen Masterclass with Di Drew

This course is a fantastic opportunity for screen directors to gain valuable experience in a practical screen performance intensive. The Course Director and Tutor is Di Drew, one of Australia’s most respected and award-winning drama directors and producers who has just completed seven years as Head of Screen at NIDA. She is one of Tasmania’s proud exports who is always eager to return home to share her skills as a gifted teacher with the film community.
This intensive two-day workshop explores the process of working with actors for film in a ‘real world’ experience. Day One will begin with a Masterclass demonstration with Di and two professional actors on set. The remainder of the course will involve practical work for the student director as they work with the actors from read through and text analysis to blocking and finally shooting scenes under the expert guidance of Di. The course will focus on the language and skills needed by a director when working on a professional film set. Di believes the workshop should reflect the individual needs of each participant so there will be constant Q & A and feedback sessions.
Di Drew is one of Australia’s most respected and experienced drama directors and is the recipient of the Australian Director’s Guild (ADG) prestigious annual award ‘in recognition of consistent excellence in the art of screen direction in feature film and television’.
Her extensive body of work includes feature films, telemovies, mini-series, series, childrens drama and comedy. She has directed an impressive array of “A” list actors and her feature films have gained local and international recognition from some of the most prestigious International film festivals, including Berlin, Chicago, Kinderfest/ Japan (Grand Jury Prize), Monterey, Turin, Priz Jeunesse International/Munich and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In Australia she has garnered multiple awards and nominations including winner of the Greater Union short film award at the Sydney Film Festival and a Penguin award for Best Director for her landmark ABC mini-series 1915.
As a Producer, Di brought the Seven Network’s Australian drama series All Saints to the number one position as Australia’s Most Popular Drama and Most Popular Program as well as achieving two gold Logies, seven Silver Logies.
Di is a directing graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and later returned as Head of Directing. She has contributed her teaching expertise to Universities, drama schools and media organisations across the country and for NYU/ Tisch School of Arts Australian BFA program. She has just completed seven years as the inaugural Head of Screen at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) where she developed the curriculum for Screen Acting for the BFA undergraduate program.
She began her career in theatre and has directed for Belvoir Street Theatre, Northside Theatre Company and Theatre Nepean (Q Theatre) and was the Artistic Director of the Tasmanian Theatre Company.
She has been a Board member for Company B Belvoir, The National Playwrights Conference, The Australian Screen Directors Guild (ADG), Theatre Nepean, WIFT and ten years as the Deputy Chair of the Screen Tasmania Advisory Board.
Di is a gifted teacher who has a passion to share her craft and skills with equally passionate and dedicated students of Screen and continues to mentor and teach emerging filmmakers and actors whilst developing her own projects.
12 participants only
August 11, 2018 at 9:00am - August 12, 2018
Wide Angle @ Washington St
Wide Angle Tasmania · · 62238344

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