Directing the Independent Film: Prep Is Everything

Lay the foundation of work to make the actual shooting of your movie as smooth as possible.

10–5pm (Classroom 1)

Pre-production is the key to directing. In this one-day workshop, we'll cover the preparation necessary to direct a film, including both “logistical prep” — from building the credibility to prove you’re capable of executing your vision and making a successful film, to putting together the team that can help you excel — as well as the actual creative process of a director preparing to shoot an independent film.
The goal of prep should be to lay the foundation of work to make the actual shooting of the movie as smooth as possible. Production will inevitably be bumpy, so your prep work is necessary to fall back on and utilize to execute your goals and make the movie you want to make, in what will inevitably be stressful and often dire circumstances.


This class is part of ClassWork Film Track: NarrativeTake four narrative film classes for $490 (regular price) or $390 (IFP / Media Center members). Sold out.


What You Will Learn

  • An understanding of the logistical and creative preparations when making a film

  • The ins and outs of collaborating with actors

  • How you build credibility for your project

  • The particulars of assembling your team for a successful project

About the instructor

Lou Howe

Lou Howe

Lou Howe is a screenwriter and director. His debut feature film, GABRIEL, was released theatrically by Oscilloscope Laboratories and earned its star, Rory Culkin, a Gotham Award nomination. The film premiered on the opening night of the World Narrative Competition at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, before going on to play an extensive international festival run. During development, the project was awarded an Annenberg Feature Film Grant by the Sundance Institute, as well as a Cinereach grant, and was one of ten projects selected for the IFP Narrative Labs. Lou was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film for 2013, and is a graduate of Harvard and the MFA Directing program at the AFI Conservatory. His graduate thesis short film, MY FIRST CLAIRE, was named a National Finalist for the Student Academy Awards. Lou is a native New Yorker, but is currently based in Los Angeles.

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