Film Directing & Acting Course 2019

Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 5:00pm

Announcing the 2019 Film Direcing and Acting Course

Process & Practice for Stage & Screen

with Robin Lynn Smith & John Jacobsen

Freehold's Film Directing and Acting Course of the few courses in the Pacific North West where directors get to work hands-on with actors, text, on-camera techniques and post-production tools with master teachers. Up-and-coming directors and experienced actors will come away from this intensive course knowing how to effectively work together in theatre and on-camera scene development, a critical success factor for both stage and film. Students will also come away from this course with a short film to use for further professional career development.
Because of the intensive nature of the course, we limit class size to 8 directors in order to give each director hands-on experience and lots of one-on-one work with the instructors and actors. We audition actors and interview directors to join the class, and students will work on a variety of different projects; with focus on the following:
  • what it takes to write a good scene
  • how to get honest and specific performances
  • where to put the camera and how to frame (for actors, your relationship to the camera and what you need to know about coverage)
  • how to edit your scene
Working with theatre text will give directors and actors an opportunity to work with layered, proven material in which a rich sub-textual life is necessary; then, directors will move onto filming a short film (i.e. shoot some scenes you have written, shoot scenes we provide, or even shoot a narrative short limited to five minutes). Cast from the course or provide your own cast (and learn important info on the casting process in this course, too).
The proven beauty of this course is that directors will rewrite, shoot and edit that short three times, thus giving the instructors and students the ability to improve it in a systematic way, until we celebrate the work with the public in a cinema screening at the end. 
This class is an excellent follow-up for students who have taken Directing and Acting for the Camera at Freehold.


Director Applications Due: Sun, Jan 6th
Director Interviews: Thurs, Jan 10th
Actors Auditions: Mon, Jan 28th
(Directors Only)
Seminar A: Wed, Jan 16 // 6:30 - 8:30PM
Seminar B: Wed, Jan 23 // 6:30 - 8:30PM
Snap Cinema: Sat, Jan 26 // 9:00 - 5:00PM
Seminar C: Wed, Jan 30 // 6:30 - 8:30PM
Week 1
Seminar: Mon, Feb 4 // 6:30 - 8:30PM  (Directors Only)
Lab: Wed, Feb 6 // 6:00 -10:00PM 
Week 2
Seminar: Mon, Feb 11 // 6:30 - 8:30PM  (Directors Only)
Lab: Wed, Feb 13 // 6:00 - 10:00PM
Week 3
Lab: Wed, Feb 20 // 6:00 - 10:00PM
Week 4
Lab: Wed, Feb 27 // 6:00 - 10:00PM
Week 5
Lab: Wed, Mar 6 // 6:00 - 10:00PM
Week 6
Lab: Wed, Mar 13 // 6:00 - 10:00PM
Week 7
Lab: Wed, Mar 20 // 6:00 - 10:00PM
Week 8
Lab: Wed, Mar 27 // 6:00 - 10:00PM
Week 9
Lab: Wed, Apr 3 // 6:00 - 10:00PM
Week 10
Lab: Wed, Apr 10 // 6:00 - 10:00PM
Week 11
Lab: Wed, Apr 17 // 6:00 - 10:00PM
Shoot Final Project for 2-3 weeks outside of class
Final Screening TBA
DIRECTORS are taken through the fundamentals of directing from working with text, to rehearsing with actors, to planning the shoot, to shooting, and through editing. With over 52 hours of class and seminar, Directors begin by analyzing text to identify events to visualize a story. The directors then move into working with actors to identify and physicalize subtext, adding depth and impact to performances. One of the unique aspects of this course is that the material is rehearsed, shot and edited as many as three times on our quest to learn and get the best five minute film we can. A final public screening at a local theater gives everyone a chance to celebrate their work on the big screen.
Director Applications Due: Sun, Jan 6th
Director Interviews: Thurs, Jan 10th
Directors please fill out application HERE
ACTORS this is an opportunity for you to participate in this directing workshop and hone your acting for the camera skills with two of the best acting coaches in the Northwest. Places in the enrolled ensemble will be by audition. In this collaborative process, you will work with directors in their scenes and five minute film, who may be bringing their material forward into festivals and other venues. You will rehearse and shoot multiple projects including the five minute film and will receive constant feedback from Robin and John about your acting, and how to improve your performance on
camera at every stage of the course. There is a final screening open to the public to showcase your work. You will receive a copy of the five minute film.
ACTORS: $275
Actors Auditions: Mon, Jan 28th
Actors please request an audition HERE
For more information on this course call us at 206-323-7499 or email us at