Faculty of Arts


Advanced Drama Directing

Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 for SCREEN 712.


An advanced course designed to teach the directing of actors for screen and the relationships between performance, blocking and visual narrative. Emphasis will be placed on the finding and linking of style, content and intention. Students will act and direct in front of the class and workshop, write, direct and edit an original seven minute dramatic short film.

Building on SCREEN 701 you will take the screenplays you wrote last semester as a basis for a number of visual and performance based assignments that lead to your production and direction of a final short film. An intensive first 6 weeks leads to a 4 week shooting block, with the remainder spent in post-production.

Course Objectives

  • To introduce students to a variety of creative directing processes
  • To expose students to interpreting texts with performance and image in mind
  • To improve on principles of visual narrative, complex performance and bold creativity
  • To familiarise students with filmmaking tools and techniques
  • To give students an understanding of the complex manner in which technical components and performance come together to tell a story
  • To develop independence in creative practice (you will not have as much oversight as in previous classes; bridging the gap to a self-led filmmaker)
  • To establish core principles of the discipline required for ongoing, personally meaningful, filmmaking practice beyond the achievement of a single short project

Class limits for 2020: Enrolment is limited to 18 students, with selection based on eligibility for admission to a postgraduate programme in Screen Production and the qualitative evaluation of Portfolio submitted.

Availability 2020

Semester 2


Lecturer(s)  Brendan Donovan


Recommended Reading


SCREEN 712: 30.0 points






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