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4 JUL: Creating Violence for Stage & Screen
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26-28 JUN: Tools of Directing The Actor
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20 JUN: Story & Treatment
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Reality TV - Directing Live Drama
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26 APR: Director to Actor to Director
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10-12 APR: Tools of Directing The Camera
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28-30 NOV 2014: Tools of Directing The Actor
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28 MAR: From Start to Screen
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8 NOV 2014: Seminar Tools of Directing
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Tools of Directing: England 2014
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22 Feb 2014: Tools of Directing Seminar | London
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Tools of Directing: UK Tour 2013 | Wales, Scotland, N-Ireland
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11-13 OCT Tools of Directing CAMERA Master Class
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4-6 OCT: Meisner Master Class with Stephen Bayly
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6-8 SEP: Tools of Directing SCRIPT Master Class
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Tools of Directing Actors - Simon Phillips master class (31 May - 2 Jun 2013)
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Tools of Directing Camera - Simon Phillips master class (22-24 Mar 2013)
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Simon Phillips - TOOLS OF DIRECTING THE SCRIPT Weekend Masterclass
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Simon Phillips - INTRODUCTION TO TOOLS OF DIRECTING
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SIMON PHILLIPS - TOOLS OF DIRECTING THE CAMERA - WEEKEND MASTERCLASS
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Directors Guild Workshop: CREATING VIOLENCE PART DEUX - PRACTICAL MAGIC FOR STAGE & SCREEN
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SIMON PHILLIPS WEEKEND MASTERCLASS - TOOLS OF DIRECTING - THE ACTOR
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SIMON PHILLIPS - TOOLS OF DIRECTING THE ACTOR - WEEKEND MASTERCLASS
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Directors Guild Workshop: STEPHEN BAYLY - AN INTRODUCTION TO MEISNER ACTING TECHNIQUE FOR DIRECTORS
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SIMON PHILLIPS - TOOLS OF DIRECTING THE SCRIPT - WEEKEND MASTERCLASS
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SIMON PHILLIPS - INTRODUCTION TO TOOLS OF DIRECTING
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Directors Guild Workshop: STEPHEN BAYLY - INTRO TO MEISNER ACTING TECHNIQUE FOR DIRECTORS - 30th Oct
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SIMON PHILLIPS - ADVANCED TOOLS OF DIRECTING THE CAMERA WEEKEND MASTERCLASS - 1st - 3rd October 2010
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Director Guild Workshop - STEPHEN JEFFREYS - STORY & TREATMENT - Saturday 8th May 2010
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SIMON PHILLIPS - ADVANCED TOOLS OF DIRECTING ACTORS WEEKEND MASTERCLASS - 2nd to 4th July 2010
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Director Guild Workshop - TERRY BESSON - VOICEWORK FOR DIRECTORS - Sunday 15th August 2010
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Directors Guild & FuseLondon Workshop - CASTING & AUDITIONING ACTORS - 25th April 2010
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Directors Guild Workshop - CREATING VIOLENCE FOR STAGE & SCREEN - 21st March 2010
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Advanced Tools of Directing by Simon Phillips
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Saturday 21 November 2009: Introduction to Meisner Technique - with Stephen Bayly
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'Getting Performances from Actors' with Herbert Wise
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Getting Performances from Actors' with Herbert Wise
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Alexander Mackendrick on Film-making: An introduction to the craft of the director with Paul Cronin
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Getting Performances from Actors, with Herbert Wise: 28 January 2008
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26-28 JUN: Tools of Directing The Actor

TOOLS OF DIRECTING THE ACTOR

Weekend Master Class with Simon Phillips

26-28 June 2015, London


Have you ever felt that there was some secret knowledge about how to direct actors that successful directors weren't sharing? The ground-breaking Tools of Directing techniques give directors their own unique methodology and bring new insight and clarity to the complex task of directing actors.


PURPOSE OF THE COURSE


  The great direction of actors is vital to getting performances that engage your audience. Directors need powerful tools to direct their actors effectively under the pressure of production and yet keep the performances fresh and true. The masterclass will give you experience of: applying practical tools, hands-on directing and being directed as an actor.

COURSE CONTENT

- Reading the Script to Prepare to Direct
- Planning Specific Rehearsal
- Actor’s Personal Material
- Problem of Actors Directing Themselves
- 'Difficult' Actors and Actor’s Questions
- Character Motives
  
- Training and Exercises for Intimacy
- Problem of Actors Writing
- Essential Tools for Improvisation
- Non Actors and Kids' Problems
- Tools for Getting Actor Out of Role

WHAT SKILLS WILL I ACHIEVE?

•    How to read a script to identify what will cause your actors problems on the set
•    Rehearsal planning to quickly get the specific emotions you need
•    How to speak to non actors to solve your problems
•    How to avoid dictating to an actor and treating them like a puppet
•    Spot when a star actor tests you & how to avoid them taking over directing
•    Work effectively & quickly with character biographies that give you power over
      your story
•    Know what material to give the A list actor to allow them to be truly creative

ABOUT SIMON PHILLIPS

Simon Phillips is a direction consultant for feature film and high level TV directors. Many directors who have trained with Tools of Directing have gone on to great success, including the recent Nordic Noir series THE KILLING and THE BRIDGE. Emmy & Academy Award winning directors have engaged his services and the Tools of Directing workshops and seminars are presented internationally.



PREVIOUS TOOLS OF DIRECTING PARTICIPANTS
  

"The Master Class changed my view of the director's role and indeed more usefully, the do's and DON'TS.  It is interactive, practical, engaging and real. "

Peter Fudakowski | Oscar-winning Producer, Writer, Director.

  

"What is most extraordinary is how, in a couple of hours, you can forge new directing skills and outgrow redundant bad habits. Paradigm shifting, practical, clear, hands-on, fun, revelatory and exciting."

Bill Anderson | Director CASE HISTORIES


 "Tools of Directing are concrete and not just anecdotes. The teacher is perfect, with own personal experiences and solutions that made us really think. All directors need this." 

Madeleine Ekman | Co-Producer THE HUNT (2012, Oscar Nominee 2014), MELANCHOLIA (2011), ANTICHRIST (2009)

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