Here's a unique opportunity to work with two master teachers ...
Film Directing Course at Freehold
with John Jacobsen and Robin Lynn Smith
This hands-on directing workshop, designed for directors at all levels,
is a unique opportunity to work with
two master teachers from two different worlds.
John Jacobsen, co-founder and former Executive Director of TheFilmSchool, has written, directed, and produced feature films and commercials in Los Angeles, worked on and off Broadway in New York, is the director and host of the television show The Artist Toolbox
on PBS and recognized as one of the experts on STORY. Robin Lynn Smith, Founding Partner and Artistic Director at Freehold, has worked for the past thirty years acting, directing, and teaching in Chicago, Boston, Seattle, and New York.
This course was designed for directors seeking practical and high standard setting experience working with actors, camera and editing. We are limiting class size to 8 directors in order to give each participant hands-on experience and lots of one on one work with the instructors. We will audition actors to join the class and students will work with both extant text and their own original text, focusing on what it takes to write a good scene; how to get honest and specific performances, and where to put the camera. You will learn how to break down text to work with actors; how to cast and rehearse; how to create a shot list, how to storyboard and use your new found language of film. Working with theatre text will give directors and actors an opportunity to work with actors in layered, proven material where a rich sub-textual life is necessary; then directors will move onto filming some version of a short film (your choice is to shoot some scenes you have written, to shoot scenes we provide, or even shoot a narrative short limited to five minutes) with either a cast we help provide or your own cast. The proven beauty of this course is that you will rewrite, shoot and edit that short three times, thus giving the instructors and you the ability to improve it again and again, until we celebrate the work with the public in a gala screening at the end.
This class is an excellent follow-up for students who have taken Directing and Acting for the Camera
at Freehold.Application process:Directors:
All interested applicants should fill out an application which is available online. Applications are now available on Freehold's website:http://www.freeholdtheatre.org/applications-available-film-directing-course
or at Freehold's office. Applications must be received at Freehold's office by December 12. Applicants will be screened for interviews to be held on December 16, 6:00 - 10:00 pm.Actors:
If you'd like to be considered for an audition for this company of actors, please email your picture and resume to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
by January 6th. Actors do not have to submit an application, just a picture/resume to the email noted above. Actors may be invited to audition or register after we review their resume. Auditions will be held on Wednesday January 15, 6:00-10:00 pm.Class Dates for Directors
January 27, 6:30-9:30 pm
Seminar: February 3 - April 21
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm
Lab: February 5 - April 23
Wednesdays, 5:30-10:00 pm
No class March 26. Screening: May 7Lab for Actors
February 5 - March 19
Wednesdays, 5:30-10:00 pmPrices:
$1200 Full Price
$995 Discounted rate
$100 (if you don't have your own camera)
$240 Full Price
$200 Discounted rateJohn Jacobsen
is the producer and host of the television show The Artist Toolbox on public television and principal partner of the film company MogaJacobsen. He has written, directed, and produced feature films in Los Angeles, worked on and off Broadway in New York, directed commercials all over the world, but lives here in Seattle. He founded TheFilmSchool with the actor Tom Skerritt, and has taught at UCLA and many fine institutions across the country.Robin Lynn Smith
is a Founding Partner and Artistic Director for Freehold Studio/Theatre Lab in Seattle. She has worked for the past thirty-five years acting, directing and teaching in Chicago, Boston, Seattle, and New York where she directed Curse of the Starving Class Off-Broadway at the Promenade Theatre. She has directed in Regional Theatres and is presently directing Freehold's Engaged Theatre Program which tours Shakespeare productions to prisons, projects, and tent cities, for which she has directed Othello, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Cymbeline, A Winter's Tale, The Tempest,
and The Merchant of Venice.
At Freehold she directed the award-winning production of Chekhov's The Seagull, Three Sisters, An Altered Life,
and Veronika Falling.
She was an Artist in Residence at the Seattle Repertory Theatre with Dan Sullivan, and directed several productions including Marvin's Room, Frankie and Jonnie in the Claire de Lune, City of Gold,
and the developmental workshop of Elizabeth Heffon's New Patagonia.
She has also directed in Seattle at ACT, On The Boards, The Empty Space, New City Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Intiman where she was an Affiliate Artist with Bartlett Sher. She has an MFA from NYU TSOA, and she is currently on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts. She is featured in ACTING TEACHERS OF AMERICA, and she is a member of SDC and a finalist for SDCF's inaugural Zelda Fichandler Award. She is the 2008 recipient of the The Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award.
Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio
2222 2nd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98121