This course gives the beginning filmmaker an intensive, foundational overview of the process of directing a film or media project from its initial concept to the expression of a unified, compelling vision. Through lectures, screenings, and practical exercises, students will develop an understanding of the key responsibilities of the director, with an emphasis on strategies for working with actors, effective script analysis, and visual design. In the process, students will develop an original or adapted scene to deepen their knowledge of the craft of directing and their own directorial skills.