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Filmmaking from the Inside-Out

with Illeana Douglas

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About The Class

help everyone do their best work.

Where exactly does a filmmaker’s responsibility end and an actor’s begin? Filmmaking requires an abundance of creative collaboration and parsing out who is responsible what is a surprisingly complicated endeavor. In Filmmaking from the Inside-Out, Illeana Douglas will share strategies and insights that improve communication for those working on both sides of the camera.

Illeana has a unique vantage point. Her grandfather is the OSCAR® award-winning actor, Melvyn Douglas and she has worked extensively as an actor, director, and producer alongside some of the giants in the industry, including: filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Gus Van Sant and Robert Redford; and actors Robert De Niro, Ralph Fiennes, and Nicole Kidman. In this class, Illeana will help both actors and filmmakers develop a better understanding of their own unique roles and how they can work together to capture the best-possible performance, in-camera. You’ll learn:

  • The precise definition of “filmmaker” and what they are responsible for
  • What the actor is expected to bring to a production
  • Customizable approaches for improving communication on set
  • Techniques for capturing performance on camera

Nearly every filmmaker and actor grapples with some level of insecurity and wants to feel more confident about their work. In this class, you’ll learn strategies for improving your craft and communicating about your unique contributions with your fellow creative collaborators.

Whether you are a filmmaker or actor, you’ll learn tangible and craft-based approaches to making constructive decisions and capturing the best work on set and in the camera.

Special Guests:

  • Anastas Michos, Cinematographer 
  • Bill Pankow, Editor 
  • Neil LaBute, Writer/Director


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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Background & Inspiration

    22:37
  2. 02

    The History of Actors and Their Influences

    28:44
  3. 03

    The History of Actresses & the Archetypes

    09:18
  4. 04

    The History of Writers & Directors

    20:18
  5. 05

    The Roulette Wheel of Insanity

    Illeana Douglas talks about the complexity and difficulty of bringing a film project to life.

    48:12
  6. 06

    Collaborating with Actors

    29:26
  7. 07

    Actor to Director with Neil LeBute

    38:34
  8. 08

    Collaboration with Editors

    06:17
  9. 09

    Importance of Editing with Bill Pankow

    47:14
  10. 10

    Working with Cinematographers with Anastas Michos

    1:03:16

Meet Your Expert

Illeana Douglas

Illeana Douglas is an award winning actress/writer/director whose recent films include She's Funny That Way directed by Peter Bogdanovich, Sisters with Barbara Hershey, Max Rose with Jerry Lewis, and Chez Upshaw with Kevin Pollak, for which Douglas won the LA ... read more

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    April 2015

    A great insight from a veteran of Hollywood on her perspective, thoughts, ideas and genuine feeling of what each individual can gain from simply believing in yourself and your abilities. Ms. Douglas and special guests took time to give us as much useful information as possible in a very tough business of film making. Hope to have such courses again.

  • Creativelive Student

    April 2015

    This was a fascinating and useful course. Ms. Douglas' views on the craft of filmmaking helped me better understand it.

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