Directors Foundation Certificate Course – Full Weekend Intensive Course on All You Need to Know about Directing Your Own Film!

Event Date August 24th & 25th, 2019
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Hi everyone,


Here’s a great course for film directors and content creators – the DIRECTORS FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE COURSE – a full-weekend 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

Has had 15 feature films produced from his screenplays to date, and directing 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!





August 24th & 25th, 2019

Saturday:  10am – 4pm

Sunday:  11am – 6:30pm


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

•  What the film director actually does on the day of the shoot

     … and more!


Who should attend?

The Weekend Directing Workshop covers a variety of basic and advanced techniques and processes. This course is for film directors starting out on their creative path, those interested in finding out more about directing, those who have done a short film and getting ready to go to the next level with a feature or those seeking a quick refresher course to tune up and improve their technique.




DAY 1:

10am – 12pm:  The Director and the Script

The script is the blueprint for a movie.  The director’s job is to read and interpret the screenplay.  Discover how a good director translates the written word into the visual elements on the screen. A screenplay will be sent out to all students to read before the class and single scene will be work-shopped in Week 1.  The instructor will talk about the over all story, how to break down a scene and discover the key events.  He will discuss how to identify issues such as the 3 types of conflict in a scene.

– 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 day:  Summarize the hero’s journey in the story and identify some of the story elements discussed.


15 minute break


12:15pm –  1:15pm:  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 day:  Take the scene and do your own story boards, floor plan and shot list.


Lunch Break:  1:15pm  – 2:15pm


2pm – 4pm:  Continue with the Grammar of Directing

Techniques for casting and working with actors.

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.

– 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 day:  Write a report on your thoughts on the tools and how you could use them for the characters in the scene.


DAY 2:


11am – 1pm:  The Director and the Rehearsal

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

– We will go over the students homework on your thoughts on the tools and how you could use them for the characters in the scene.

– 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.


Lunch:  1pm – 2pm


2pm – 4pm:  Directing the Actor

Work with actors Put into practice the tools we have learned the previous day.  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

Guests:  2 actors to join “Directing the Actor”


Tea Break:  4pm – 4:30pm


4.30pm – 6:30pm:  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 full weekend course with director John Penney!

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


Or, skip the upgrade and pay regular price –


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Course Location for LIVE EVENT:

West Hollywood location disclosed upon registration


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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