Film Directing

Film Directing


This 10-session, 30-hour course explores the role of director in narrative film, & provides a hands-on environment in which students will create their own short film. Taking an intensive hands-on approach into the process of directing films – from designing a tight narrative script to blocking & camera placement, working with actors, production design, & creative direction in the post-production process – culminating in a 5-minute short shot at the end of the course, which is designed to be festival-ready.

The course will be divided into 2 parts: first, understanding the relationship directors can build with production heads in every department – writing, production design, cinematography, editing – & second, the process through which a director can work with actors.

As this is not a technical course, students must have already completed ASoF’s Digital Filmmaking class or Minority Lens: Script to Screen, or be able to demonstrate commensurate knowledge &/or ability.

Films completed in this course are eligible to be featured at multiple ASoF student showcases, including our Official SXSW (South by Southwest) Community Film Screening.

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INSTRUCTOR: Matthew Hemenway is an Austin-based filmmaker, painter, and writer. Raised on a farm in South Dakota and educated at Arizona State University’s Film and Media Production program, Hemenway moved to Austin in 2012, where he continues to pursue his work in narrative film. He has created video content for clients ranging from credit unions to travel agents, tech startups to government agencies, and feature filmmakers to nonprofits. Hemenway has worked on productions that have screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner, at Austin’s Stateside Theater, and on NBC.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: People who want to learn the entire cycle of media production, from concept to distribution & those working towards their ASoF Digital Video Certificate. Students must be at least 16 years old to take this class.

CERTIFICATE: DVCP elective class

PRE-REQUISITES: 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. 

SUPPLIES: all supplies included

This course and all ASoF courses are certified with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide Continue Professional Educational (CPE) credits.