Working with Actors: Blocking
This 4 hour workshop will look at how directors use blocking - the positioning and movement of actors within the frame - to tell their stories visually. We'll begin by going over what is meant by dramatic blocks and beats in a scene, and then look at how blocking can support these, marking dramatic movement. Once we've gone over the fundamentals, we'll look at methods: how to break down your scenes to create a floor plan from your script, and how to work with - and make adjustments with - actors on set.
We'll be reviewing several well-known films, and participants are welcome to submit clips from their own work for review.
After living and working in New York, where she received her MFA in Film from Columbia University, writer/director Berkley recently returned to Alberta to begin pre-production on her first feature, The Bruiser. She has worked as a reader for Likely Story (Adaptation, Synecdoche, New York) and Cooper's Town (Capote), and her creative work in film has been featured at various film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Woodstock, Mumbai and Grande Prairie film festivals.