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Actor/Director Film Lab

with Robert Milazzo

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About The Class

work together to bring a film to life.

The relationship between the filmmaker, the actor, and the camera is an integral part of every production, but is rarely discussed. In Actor/Director Film Lab, Robert Milazzo explores cinematographic craft and collaboration and its relationship to acting and performance.

In this beginner-friendly class, both filmmakers and actors learn new ways to work together to bring their best work to life. Filmmakers develop new skills for effectively communicating and collaborating with performers. Actors learn how cameras capture performance and how to adjust their work to suit a production’s technical realities.

Actor/Director Film Lab equips those who work on both sides on the camera with insights that improve their working/artistic relationships, while strengthening the quality of their professional film work.

Special Guests:

  • David Morse, Actor 
  • Kasi Lemmons, Writer/Director/Actor 
  • Keith Gordon, Writer/Director

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Shot Sizes

    16:46
  2. 02

    Free Preview: Camera Placement

    The most important decision you have to make is where you are going to put the camera – find out where to place it.

    11:38
  3. 03

    Camera Movement

    14:06
  4. 04

    Actor Critique: Speed

    19:09
  5. 05

    Actor Critique: Motion

    10:35
  6. 06

    Actor Critique: Size

    14:49
  7. 07

    Dynamics of Rehearsal

    11:53
  8. 08

    Dynamics of The Shoot

    18:51
  9. 09

    Dynamics of The Set

    14:59
  10. 10

    Keith Gordon Interview

    28:30
  11. 11

    Kasi Lemmons Interivew

    32:54
  12. 12

    David Morse Interview

    32:17
  13. 13

    What Makes a Good Collaboration?

    20:52
  14. 14

    The Three Myths of Film Acting: Don't Blink

    37:08
  15. 15

    The Three Myths of Film Acting: Speak Softly

    14:44
  16. 16

    The Three Myths of Film Acting: To Move or Not ..

    11:36

Meet Your Expert

Robert Milazzo

Robert is the Head of the Film Channel at CreativeLive.He also founded The Modern School of Film where he's taught international filmmaking, and acting-for-camera masterclasses alongside numerous renown film artists, including: Ang Lee, Wim Wenders, Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Willem ... read more

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  • Philip John

    Philip John

    August 2015

    I thoroughly enjoyed and became a better craftsman by watching and partaking in this workshop. Congrats Rob you're inspiring and down to earth made this experience a real pleasure. Cheers Mate Phil from Sydney Australia

  • Creativelive Student

    March 2015

    I've had the privilege to study with Rob in New York. Each class, carefully threw light on significant aspects of cinema that every student/enthusiast needs to delve into for a better understanding of the craft. Since my training with Rob I've been actively working in the movie business, on set- the classes were a massive head start in my creative involvement on projects. Looking forward to another doze of nourishment through these sessions.

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