Directors Foundation Certificate Course – All You Need to Know about Directing Your Own Film! A 5-Week Intensive Course

Event Date February 11, 2019 @ 6pm - 8pm (weekly for 5 weeks)
Location Live in West Hollywood, or Online
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Hi everyone,


Here’s a great course for film directors – the DIRECTORS FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE COURSE – a 5-week intensive that will teach you everything you need to know to direct your own film!


Details are below – as always, there’s a great discount for, and feel free to forward if you know anyone who might be interested!


Good luck, have a great day, and don’t forget to dream big!




Jeffrey R. Gund

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Award-winning Writer/Director, Directing Instructor at the Los Angeles Film School

Credits include award-winning supernatural thriller “Hellgate” starring William Hurt and Cary Elwes,

and “Zyzzyx Road” starring Katherine Heigl and Tom Sizemore.



IN PERSON in West Hollywood


LIVE ONLINE with Streaming Video!

If you live outside LA you can watch from ANYWHERE on your computer, smartphone, or tablet!



If you can’t make it at class time, you can still watch afterwards with a Video On Demand link of the class sent the next day!




MONDAY, February 11th, 2019

6pm to 8pm

and continuing for

5 Consecutive Monday Evenings

(through Monday, March 11th, 2019)


The director is ultimately responsible for every image and sound that appears on the screen.  Many new directors chase the dream of directing without the technical and creative skills needed to succeed.  With the Directors Foundation Certificate course, learn the key skills of working with the screenplay, directing camera, cast and crew, and gain an overview of each area of the director’s responsibilities through a series of classes.



•  How directors work with writers

•  How directors interpret the screenplay

•  How to work with actors in rehearsal and on set

•  The technical aspects and grammar of directing

•  How to best work with an editor

•  And, finally what the film director actually does on the day of the shoot


Students taking the Directors Foundation Certificate LA will be given optional weekly assignments.  Obviously, the more preparation a student does the more he or she will benefit form this engaging and entertaining course.




Week 1:  The Director and the Script

A screenplay will be sent out to all students to read before the class, and a single scene will be workshopped.

–  Analyzing and reading the script.
–  Looking for the truth – what is this script really about?
–  3 types of conflict in a scene explained.
–  Identifying key moments.
–  Finding additional visual elements including discovering your theme and best way to show it visually.
–  Discovering the hero’s journey.
–  Identify what each character wants and how this defines the conflict.
Written Assignment for next week:  Summarize the hero’s journey in the story and identify some of the story elements discussed.


Week 2:  The Grammar of Directing

Directors use a variety of shots and lenses to compose their scenes and create a vocabulary of cinematic techniques and processes.  Directors must learn the “do’s” and “don’ts” of film grammar.

–  Using the camera with the intention to tell the story.

–  Demonstration of camera placement and lenses.

–  Framing and composition – when to use subjective or objective.

–  Approaching your coverage – the evolving master shot, shot size and focal length for coverage.

–  How does a director communicates his vision, floor plan, storyboards, lookbook and shot lists?

–  What is the 180 line? Understanding crossing the line with intention.

Written Assignment for next week:  Take the scene and do your own story boards, floor plan and shot list.


Week 3:  The Director and the Rehearsal

Students will be sent a reading assignment that discusses directing tools for actors before class to review.

–  Casting and how to handle and identify the best actors in casting.

–  Director’s role as a storyteller and how to get the results you want in performances from actors and how best to create characters for the screen.

–  Exercises to discover the subtext.

–  How to run a rehearsal and create mood and tension by inspiring the actors and using the tool of staging.

–  We will do a table read first. Then students will adjust the performances.

–  Creating characters for the screen – going over Objective, action, subtext, destination, inner monologue, inner object, expectation, preceding moment, back story, biography.

Written Assignment for next week:  Write a report on your thoughts on the tools and how you could use them for the characters in the scene.

Guests:  2 actors to join “Table Read Rehearsal.”


Week 4:  Directing The Actor

Put into practice the tools we have learned the previous week.  The job of the director is to know the result you are looking for and have a vision of the film through the eyes of the audience.  The director needs to know the emotional experience they want the audience to have.  We will use the tools from the reading assignment to get the performance you want from the actors.

–  How to identify and understand an actor’s needs.

–  The Director’s focus on set.

–  Preparing to shoot.

–  Working with an AD on the shooting schedule.

–  Good communication under pressure.

–  Making decisions and staying flexible.

–  Shooting for the edit.

–  Demonstration of how to block the scene for the camera with actors.  Students will get a chance to try blocking based on their storyboards and floor plans prepared

Written Assignment for next week:  Watch “A Fish Called Wanda.”

Guests:  2 actors to join “Directing the Actor”


Week 5:  Understanding The Editing Process

The film editor is a key creative on the film production team.  On this evening learn about their role and discover how successful film directors manage this important relationship.

–  The function of the director in the editing room.

–  Understanding editing through analysis of a completed sequence.

–  What does the director need to understand about editing?

–  Sequence analysis on “A Fish Called Wanda.”

–  Discuss all the elements we have worked on the previous weeks and how they come to play in the sequence in “A Fish Called Wanda.”

–  Importance of music and sound design and how to pick the right composer.



PREMIUM and PRO InfoList Members get $40 OFF!!  That’s just $229 (normally $269!) for a 5-week course with director John Penney!

UPGRADE NOW (or log in to your Premium/Pro Account) so you can take advantage of this special offer!


Or, skip the upgrade and pay regular price –


Register now at the link below:


Course Location for LIVE EVENT:

Rough Diamond Productions

1424 N. Kings Road

West Hollywood, CA 90069


Information for Online or VOD:

Provided upon registration.





Award winning screenwriter and director John Penney has had 15 feature films produced from his screenplays over the course of his career to date.  He currently teaches directing and writing at the Los Angeles Film School.


In 2011 John wrote and directed the supernatural thriller “HELLGATE” starring William Hurt and Cary Elwes.  The film was awarded Best Film at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival as well as the Best Horror Film from the Fantasy Horror Awards in Italy, sponsored by Syfy Europe Universal.  Prior writer-director credits include the thriller “ZYZZYX ROAD” starring Katherine Heigl and Tom Sizemore.


In addition to his directing, John has written the screenplays for such films as “THE ENEMY” starring Roger Moore, Luke Perry, Olivia D’abo; “CONTAMINATED MAN” starring Peter Weller and William Hurt; “A BREED APART” with Robert Patrick, Andrew McCarthy; “IN PURSUIT” with Daniel Baldwin, Claudia Schiffer, “MATTER OF TRUST” with C. Thomas Howell;  “THE KINDRED” with Rod Steiger, “RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3” with Mindy Clarke, “PAST PERFECT” with Eric Roberts, Laurie Holden; and “AMPHIBIOUS 3D” with Michael Pare.


John also served as a producer on his films “Zyzzyx Road,” ”A Breed Apart,” “Matter of Trust,” and “In Pursuit.”


In 2012 John wrote his first novel “Truck Stop” and followed that up in 2013 with his second novel, “Killing Time.”  He is also featured in the newly released book on screenwriting by Jose Prendes, “The High Concept Massacre” along with fellow screenwriters Carl Gottlieb (“Jaws”), Amy Holden Jones (“Mystic Pizza” “Indecent Proposal”), and Doug Richardson (“Bad Boys” “Die Hard 2”).



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Tel:  (323) 848-2900




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