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What Can I do With a Directing Emphasis?

When you think of film school, what is the first thing that comes to mind? I would bet that you think of shooting a big Hollywood Film, right? You probably picture creating a film of your very own. You think of leading a cast and a crew and making something amazing. In most directing programs, you will get the opportunity to work on your own projects directing as a professional would, but directing isn’t all bright lights and red carpets.

The truth is that if you want to be a great filmmaker someday, you have to practice like crazy. And not just by making movies. You have to focus on every single skill required of you, whether it be communication, leadership, or pitching your vision for a film. What other skills do you need to be a director? See what are program teaches below.

What You’ll Learn:

Not every program is the same and not every director has the exact same skill set. After all, it is the uniqueness of a single director that often makes him great. The skills below, however, are skills we believe every director should have. Directing students at CCH dive into every aspect of film from acting to editing, to gain insight and perspective into each. On top of that, they pursue mastery over there craft, learning from working industry professionals. Below is a list of the general abilities you can expect to gain with Columbia College Hollywood.

  • Break down a text to understand the beats, the intent of the line, the event of the scene and its objective.
  • Communicate the aforementioned elements to actors; and utilize a variety of acting techniques to aid the actor in finding character and giving the finest performance possible.
  • Determine casting requirements.
  • Plan shot selection and coverage to express the visual needs of a script.
  • Communicate with film department heads and select such key elements as art direction, props, and cinematography.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work within a film budget and manage time, equipment, and location limitations.
  • Take a leadership position in executing the production of a film.
  • Utilize editing to set the pace and tone of a film.
  • Analyze and speak with critical acumen about the work of other filmmakers.
  • Analyze and describe the challenges and logistics involved in safely producing an action sequence.
  • Create various genres through the performances of actors.

After Education

What can you do with all of these skills? For the most part directing is pretty straight forward. With an emphasis in directing, you can well…direct. But what does it mean to be a director? An assistant director? A field director? Click on the links below for a description of the possible careers you might pursue.

The path to becoming a director isn’t an easy one, but a strong program can help you prepare for what’s to come. If you want to start your journey, click below to download our application checklist. It will provide you with all of the steps you need to take to enroll at CCH and get a camera in your hands.

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