Cathy Welch

This 8-week course is designed to teach beginning filmmakers the basics of directing narrative films with a practical and theoretical emphasis on visual storytelling. Students should have some background in the technical aspects of camera operation and editing, as this is not a technical class or have taken our Digital Filmmaking course.  The class will take a hands-on approach into the process of directing films- from designing a tight narrative script to blocking and camera placement, working with actors, production design, and creative direction in the post-production process- culminating in a 4-minute short shot during the 8-week course, which is designed to be festival-ready. The ultimate goal is for students to cultivate the confidence and instincts that will make them an informed director in the independent film community. *Student films are eligible to be showcased in ASoF's SXSW showcase each year during SXSW Film. Films must be submitted to us by February 1 of each year to be considered.

"This class is much more than just a directing class. I learned production planning. set preparation, script breakdowns and editing tips, too. Cathy Welch is a knowledgeable instructor with Hollywood experience. She obtained real scripts, real actors and real camera and sound professionals for us to direct. I was amazed at how much easier it was to shoot a production when working with experienced individuals. Cathy did not only 'tell' us about directing, she demonstrated in the live shoot. I found this very beneficial. Most of all, I learned a ton when it came to editing the footage into a finished piece. Editing is so much more than cutting clips together. I learned to look for inconsistencies in actions, sound, color and lighting from clip to clip. Cathy spots it all and keeps reviewing your piece until it is unimprovable or your run out of time. I highly recommend this class but to get the most out of it, participate in every aspect and ask lots of questions."  - M.Lee Klein, ASoF student 2015



Who Should Attend: People who want to learn the entire cycle of media production, from concept to distribution and those working towards their ASoF Digital Video Certificate.

ASoF Certificate: ASoF Digital Video Certificate elective class

Prerequisites: Digital Filmmaking or the equivalent experience level. This class is designed for students who have experience in filmmaking or have taken our Digital Filmmaking course. 

About the instructor: Cathy Welch has a Master’s Degree in Film Production with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin.  Her thesis film, Pickman’s Model, has played at Dobie Mall Cinema, Alamo Drafthouse, and the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon, and is currently available of DVD, distributed by Lurker Films.  Cathy spent six years in Los Angeles in the 1980s working on feature films, including the Academy Award-winning Kiss of the Spider Woman.  She also worked for Hughes Aircraft Company as a post-production supervisor for training films, press releases, and other video product-marketing materials.  In addition, Cathy wrote, produced, and directed episodes of a cable television show about personal computers.  Cathy’s undergraduate degree is from UT’s prestigious honors program, Plan II.  Cathy’s concentration in Plan II was in Zoology.  She received special honors for her research on cystic fibrosis.  Cathy home schooled her two sons.  For the past six years, Cathy has been an adjunct professor at Austin Community College, teaching radio, television, and film courses, including Introduction to TV Technology, Introduction to Radio and Television, Film History, and Film Appreciation.  Cathy is also a writing, English, and biology tutor in the Learning Lab at ACC's Northridge Campus.  Cathy truly loves working with students and helping them to succeed in both their academic and their artistic endeavors.


Tuition: $635.00

Basic Member Tuition: $571.50

Deluxe Member Tuition: $539.75



2017 Classes TBA

*Please contact the Austin School of Film for more information.