Published on 21 February 2020 in Career

Career development workshop with David Keating

Industry expert David Keating is back with an exciting new career development workshop for members.

This two-day workshop is aimed at film and television directors making the transition from shorts to long-form, or from factual and documentary-making to fiction — and for experienced drama directors interested in advancing leadership skills.

*This workshop will take place at Directors UK, London on Thursday 14th February and Friday 15th February. *

Subject areas include:

  • managing compromise effectively and in our favour;
  • prepping and shooting intimate scenes in a safe and respectful way;
  • practical approaches for getting the most out of casting - and the relationship between casting and workshopping;
  • rehearsal made easy;
  • giving notes to actors and crew in ways they can best use;
  • the practicalities of improvisation vs. planning.

This workshop is designed to help directors become clearer and more confident versions of themselves, in a safe and encouraging environment.

About workshop director David Keating:

An experienced feature film director and screenwriter, David has run training for Directors UK; BAFTA; The ICA & Channel 4 and at film schools and festivals internationally. He currently lectures in film directing at the National Film School in Dublin and continues to direct films and TV.

On completion participants will be able to:

  • Use several techniques to help negotiate desired results with HODs, cast and producers
  • Approach directing intimate and/or challenging scenes in ways that will increase their ability to achieve what they want while working respectfully, appropriately and safely
  • Use methodologies that will help make casting sessions more effective
  • Use leadership techniques to give notes to actors, screenwriters and HoDs and to encourage and facilitate contributions from their team and others

This workshop is best suited to members who have directed short films or some TV drama and who want to develop and enhance their directing skills; and also, to directors who currently work in factual programming or other areas and are moving into drama or feature films.

Please send your CV and a covering statement telling us why you would like to attend and how this workshop will benefit your career to [email protected]. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 21st January. You must be available for both workshop days.

We particularly welcome applications from directors that are under-represented in the TV industry, including BAME and women directors, as evidenced in Directors UK’s diversity and equality reports, Adjusting the Colour Balance and Who’s Calling the Shots?

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