"A stupendous master work that powerfully demystifies the black art of directing actors. Well done!"
John Badham, Director, Saturday Night Fever, Wargames, Supernatural, Arrow, 12 Monkeys
"Directing Actors has proven utterly invaluable. Per's ideas are so clearly explained and more importantly demonstrated, that it is immediately possible to see just what an important contribution this series makes to the training of actors and directors.
There is nothing available that can compete with this thoroughly comprehensive work. As a coach, and as a director, I am challenged, changed and empowered by Directing Actors."
Mark Westbrook, Course Leader, 1 Year Full Time Diploma in Acting for Stage and Screen, Acting Coach Scotland
"Directing Actors is by far the most comprehensive directing course I've ever taken. It breaks down the method of not just directing actors but of the acting process itself, at the psychological level.
I can't recommend this course more highly. Get ready to go down the rabbit hole and learn what it takes to direct an award winning performance from your actors."
Alex Ferrari, Writer, Director, Host of the #1 Filmmaking Podcast IndieFilmHustle
"I've been a fan of your work from the very beginning. Directing Actors has lived 100% up to my hopes and expectations.
Your approach is really excellent. The depth of your insight and the systematic way with which you apprehend your subject matter is rival to none. Your work is a gift to others."
Mathilde Bonnefoy, Producer/Editor of CitizenFour, Academy Award Winner
"Directing Actors is bananas awesome! The most valuable piece of material I've ever found on the subject of working with actors."
Xander Bartole, Commercial Director, L'Oreal, eBay, Nestle, Weightwatchers, Jagermeister
"I've just downloaded the whole Directing Actors, and already started with the 4 first ones, even if Per Holmes doesn't recommend it to see it all in a row. But at the end of the first one I couldn't wait for the next volumes! So sorry Per, but I think I will watch them all quite fast!
This is a great and subtle course about directing actors, which everybody who's interested in directing or acting should watch, to learn, or fine-tune their knowledge."
Didier Borgel-Hansen, Commercial Director, Nescafe, Nintendo, Sony, Samsung Galaxy
Award Of Superiority ... A rich education on the craft of directing.
"I have been directing actors for over 10 years, including Daniel Craig and Judi Dench, and this is the best course/book I have ever read. I have to admit I am a bit embarrassed for having used result directing more than I should have done, and now I understand the reasons why not to use it."
Jose Garcia - Director
"This is a brilliant resource for filmmakers wanting to up their game as directors of actors. I highly recommend it as it's highly informative and full of practical advice."
Luci Lenox - Casting Director. Clients include Netflix, Fox, Paramount, ABC, Disney, NBC, MediaPro.
"Finally, a comprehensive tool-kit that demystifies the art of working with actors. It's a different way of thinking and thanks to this thoughtful and highly-crafted series you will be able to communicate your vision with confidence in ways that bring true meaning and relevance to your actors. "
Scott Fleming - Commercial Director Clients include: Nissan, Fatburger, LG, Toshiba, Logitech, Themador
"These workshops are tools you can't even find at Film School, a great treat."
Rohit Gill - Visual Effects/Producer/Director "Planet X" (2015) "The Da Vinci Code" (2006)
"They did it again. After the blocking course which was in itself a great achievement this new series is another great tool for every aspiring or confirmed filmmaker. I only bought the casting for now but it really helped me to get ready for my new independent feature film. highly recommended! "
Math Saliva - Director "Magic Kisa" (2008) "Beneath the Surface" (2009)
"This course from Hollywood Camera Work, designers of excellent courses in VFX and Staging, comes with a great pedigree. Broken down into detailed but comprehensible areas, the course is a lengthy overview of every element of performance, filmed with professional actors and crew. Perhaps the most important aspect of directing, dealing with actors, is often overlooked but creator Per Holmes understands the vital nature of communication between director and actor.
The course details every step of directing an actor from casting, to on-set management, to editing performance. The creators have shot several scenes with a crew similar to an indie film crew. While these scenes may be an exercise, the pressures on time and performance are exactly the same as real world scenarios. Per Holmes has analysed most of the acting guru greats and has distilled much of their wisdom as well as offering his own valuable insights. Basically if you're going to direct you need to know all methods, not just one or two and that's where this course excels.
Highly recommended for new directors or those in the industry who want to focus on performance, the course is also a useful refresher for more seasoned practitioners."
Imogen Murphy - Director/Writer/Assistant Director "Dead Still" (2020) "Can't Cope, Won't Cope" (2018) "Cry Rosa" (2017)
"Directing Actors is a masterwork, a true legacy. Thank you, thank you for sharing it with all of us. I have an MFA in Acting, and I've learned more, way more, from your Directing Actors than I did in three years of graduate school."
Michael Hunter - Director/Producer "Studio C" (2012-2021) "Fresh Take" (2011) "BYU Devotional Address" (2018-2020)
"An amazing course. You learn so many different techniques to support an actors performance and moreover how to do an efficient casting. Its valuable for directors and actors as well."
Hans Georg Nenning - Director/Actor "Dusk" (2007)
"I'm a director who often acts in my own work. Whether your an actor yourself or a director who wants to learn about how to get the best performance out of your actors, this program Is great for both. It's very in depth and covers allot of different approaches in a coherent way that is useful. I feel like I'm learning allot that I didn't know before and I love that feeling. I had been looking forward to this course for awhile and i'm not disappointed. I'm anxious to work on a new film project so I can actually use the techniques myself."
Richard Lushbaugh - Director/Writer/Actor "The Director: Legend of the Crotch Guy" (2017) "Ouroboros" (2012)
"Directing Actors is the most comprehensive blueprint, hands-on and a superb hand-held guide to getting the most of your work with actors. Per Holmes, I wanna say a big thank you for the opportunity to attend a film school from the comfort of my home."
Val - CEO at X-cellent Motionz "Love me jeje" (2012)
"I've been a supporter of Hollywood Camera Work since the very first tutorial. Although I have a conventional film school education, I find HCW a fundamental asset to my work. Whenever in doubt I ask myself "What would HCW do?".
Same applies for Directing Actors course. Even after 8 years of being in the industry, I see the "directing actors" course as a great help."
Filip Cerovic - Director "Cistac" (2014) "Bez stepenika" (2015)
"I've always loved movies, television, and filmmaking, and I've always wanted to be a filmmaker. Aside from some dabbling over the years, I'm pretty much getting a late start. Most dudes have midlife crises that involve divorce, expensive cars, and strippers. My midlife crisis is all about becoming a filmmaker.
Film school really isn't an option for me, but I want to learn as much as I possibly can about the art and the industry. No matter where I end up, whether I write and direct shorts and web series the rest of my life, or I start making B, or C, or D, or Z features, or whatever, I want to be as good and as competent as I can be. Hollywood Camera Work's Directing Actors course is certainly helping me achieve that goal! Each volume is FULL of information, so take your time with it. Thanks, Per, for developing such a great course."
Jacob John Buterbaugh - Director/Writer/Producer "Bad Morning Sunshine'" (2014) "Negativity" (2007) "Big Money Ruslas" (2010) "Battle Lords" (2012)
"When I want to brush up some techniques or also to gather my directorial thoughts, Hollywood Camera Work is a special oasis where I spend great quality time."
Manuel de Teffé - Director/Writer "Sconnessi" (2018)
"My biggest gap in knowledge was working with actors... you see I come from a graphic-design and then editorial background. So I have a great grasp of the technical and aesthetic aspects of the process, but working with actors was more of a mystery for me. I knew what I wanted, but wasn't sure how to communicate that in an effective and respectful way that would give the actor what they wanted and needed. I had read books and even took acting classes to help demystify the process.... but your series has completely opened my eyes and given me the knowledge and confidence I needed.
I REALLY appreciate how you have done a deep-dive into the process... you didn't just breeze over some areas or drop a few buzz words and then move on... you really went into detail on every aspect of the process and I can't tell you how much I appreciate that level of dedication and what that has done for people like me."
Scott Fleming -Director/Partner at Merit/Andrew Ceative Studio
"Directing Actors has everything you need to be the Director you want to be and It has been a great source for Directors throughout our Production."
Alander Pulliam - Director/Writer/Music "Are You Next Talent Show" (2021)
"The Directing Actors series is amazing. It gives a behind the scenes look at how a director prepares before a shoot and how a director works with actors during the shoot. It's kind of a director's survival manual. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to both working directors and those aspiring to be one."
Nino Abate - Writer, Director, Producer, Loco Burro Films
"As a feature and episodic writer preparing to direct my first short film, I was apprehensive about casting. The Directing Actors course, in particular the casting course materials, gave me confidence to know how to evaluate actors and converse with producers and casting directors in a knowledgeable way. I highly recommend it!"
J. D Henning - Writer/Producer "Portal Runner" (2019)
"One of the best pieces of directorial advice I heard was - Know what you want, and be able to explain it. Directing Actors will enable you to do just that."
Tristan Ofield - Editor/Director "Operation Oman" (2014), "White Lily" (2018) "The General" (2019) "The Policeman's Story" (2018
"Directing Actors is great school for me. I'm a profesional film director in Czech Republic and I've never seen better course of actors directing!"
Karel Janak - Director "Rafters" (2006) "Intimate Enemy" (2018) "10 Rules" (2014) "LOVEhunt" (2019) Winner of "Best Film" at Pilsen Film Festival 2006 for "Raftáci"
"I've long searched for a class/book/system that would teach me how to direct actors. I've been on movie sets, I've observed actors both amateurs and professionals perform their craft. I've even worked with professional actors hoping that I would learn the secret sauce to directing good performances. And yet it eluded me. Eventually, I fell back on using non professionals who would simply play themselves on screen. But I never gave up the hope that one day I might learn how to direct better.
Per Holmes's Directing Actors program is by far the best system I have come across. Per has a gift to organize and break down abstract and difficult concepts into easy-to-understand thoughts and tips. This course is massive. There is a lot to digest. And though it covers a lot of ground, it remains practical throughout. Similar to his other program, Master Course, there is so much thought-provoking ideas and value in these programs that I will be rewatch them again and again. I look forward to applying these lessons to my next film and excited to see the results!"
Kan Lume - Director/Producer/Writer "Liberta" (2013) "Solos" (2007) "If This Is My Story" (2018)
"The Directing Actors course is beyond phenomenal. It covers so much in each volume in such an incredible amount of detail. It will give you the tools you need to confidently communicate with actors to get the best performances. When I watch a Hollywood movie or tv show with mediocre acting, I always think that the director should have taken this course."
Dan Ferraro - Writer/Director/Camera Operator "She Flipped the Script on Me" (2011) "Above Average Presents" (2016) "Hollywood First Look Features" (2019-2020)
"I've just watched most of the Directing Actors master class. It's still fresh in my mind, and I'll probably need to watch it again a few times, and then put it into practice, but my first impressions are that it's a very serious and solid body of work that can guide a filmmaker who is not very confortable talking to actors like me. I feel a huge relief having this course as a guide for my future experiences with directing (I've directed a short film during my studies in a cinema school and was very disappointed with the acting, whereas the rest worked fine). "
Dimitri Burdzelian - Director/Director of Photography "The Secrets" "Dangerous Games" (2008) "Valse Favorite" (2012)
"Directing Actors elevated my directing skills to the next level! It helped me to understand acting more deeply, and to better communicate my vision to my talent and crew."
Mikhail Pasichniuk - Writer/Director/TV Producer "About Man" (2016)
"Being a director with established film career in Russia, I thought I knew a lot about working with actors. After watching Directing Actors, I must say that I didn't know a lot of valuable staff. This course is a 10 out of 10.
In a simple way the course teaches you how to teach actors to do their work much better. It also helps to understand the core rules of human behavior by guiding you through the labyrinths of psychology, and that makes it very useful not only for directors, but also for screenwriters attempting to create sophisticated yet reliable characters."
Pavel Sanaev, Director, Hooked (Best Action Feature at Pasadena Film Festival), Writer, Bury Me Behind The Baseboard (#1 novel in World Literature, Russia)
"Directing Actors is the best training series ever made for aspiring Directors and Actors. An eye opener.
I got accepted at **** for 2016 winter session (Los Angeles) and was about to attend. Then you announced Directing Actors. I bought it and here I am, I did not go to film school after watching the first volume. I am glad I did not go.
I am very thankful to you and your work. It has changed my life. I wish I would have found your website before I went to my first film school. But better late than never."
"Directing Actors is the most definitive course on screen acting available anywhere. It's thoroughly researched and presented in a clear and straight forward manner. Most importantly, my confidence as a director has soared and the quality of my actors' performances have improved greatly."
Brett Eichenberger, Director, Light Of Mine, By God's Grace
"I have learned more from Directing Actors than all the books and articles I've read, and YouTube videos on the subject combined. It's thorough, clearly explained, and makes the penny drop."
"Thank you for the great effort! The course is amazing! I have been looking for such a thing for a long time but never found a well structured course that covers every detail like the one I have here. It really changed the way I think. It is a must for any filmmaker who wants to get the best out of his or her actors... And the thing is, it really works. Thank you!"
Samih Alnaqqash, Director
"I didn't find anywhere, from any person connected to film industry so much knowledge about directing actors. It's rare, that creators of this course put so much effort to make it complex source of learning about film and psychology. These are great tools to give way to actors to get as close as possible to your expected effect."
Tarniu Luminarz - Director
"This is the biggest profitable mistake i have ever made in my life and this is the best course for directors who wants to know how to handle actors on set"
Surya Vedh - Filmmaker
"I'm producing and directing a casting audition this week. I got this job thanks to your course. You are a great teacher. I've also got a few gigs as a casting director for commercials since I started your course. Can't wait to see the next volumes."
"I've used your techniques to work with absolutely inexperienced students who've decided to take an acting course for the first time in their lives. The techniques work fantastic!"
Pavel Sanaev, Director, Writer
"Directing Actors is an incredibly thorough, insightful and thought-provoking piece of work, which has been fascinating to watch and will undoubtedly be of enormous use to anyone interested in directing for film or TV."
Eric Styles, Director, Miss Conception, Relative Values, Tempo
"As a new filmmaker working on my first feature, I was searching for a directing program with access to on-set examples, real actors and a spirit of collaboration and mentorship. Directing Actors offers that and more! Highly recommended for any aspiring filmmaker!"
"Working with actors can be difficult, but thanks to Per Holmes Hollywood Camera Work "Directing Actors", I know now that I can become a much better director. Who needs film school when you have Per Holmes? I purchased directing actors immediately it came out and It's awesome!
It does not matter if you are a professional or a novice director. This is a must and definitely worth the money. Thanks again Per, it's because of your work, knowledge and passion that makes me a better director with much more confidence."
Michael Axelsson, Director, Faces Of War, Stress
"I am self-taught director from Lithuania. All learning material I get from internet and all experience I get from practicing. Already, I have made two low budget feature films and looking to step forward for next project. Currently, I am studying "Directing Actors" course and it is brilliant. Now, I see what mistakes I have done, what I could do better if I would get this material earlier.
Anyway, director mostly work with actors on the set. Other departments knows their job, but in very short time you should get from actor what you want and this courses really helps to find true words, great techniques, how to work with actors and get their best performances. I love this material and enjoy it very much. I recommend it both professionals and non-professionals because I guarantee that you learn something knew that is very useful."
"Working with actors is the weakest skill area for many aspiring directors and this course is just right. Better than going to any film school!"
Ashwinikumar Walde, Director, Mumbai
"Directing Actors is a blast! I'm shooting my next movie "Hijabsta Ballet" in 7 weeks, and my characters are so much clearer now."
Syed Zul Tojo, Writer, Director
"Directing Actors has completely changed the way I direct my actors. It is a must have course for established & aspiring filmmakers. It's hands down the best course out there providing abundant of information & technique which requires full dedication from its viewer.
The only way to take full advantage of these lessons is by watching each volume multiple times. Also I recommend taking good notes and apply those notes into effect while interacting with your actors.
The instructor, actors & technician has made this course so much fun to watch it right on your mobile devices and they are so supportive in replying to any question that you may have.
I wish this course was available to me years ago. Nevertheless, I have it now on my iPad and I'm lovin' it. I can't thank Mr. Per Holmes and his team enough for the encouragement & knowledge they have gifted me via their lessons."
Shams Charania, Writer, Director, Fakir Of LA
"Eric Rohmer once said that he was always scared in the field of directing actors. He was afraid of not knowing how to lead them. Many movies later, he saw it as a false problem, which does not exist, as if it was the simplest thing in the world. Per Holms's Directing Actors course will allow you to face the practice of directing actors with abundant and very valuable knowledge, which perhaps will make you see this facet of filmmaking as if it was the simplest thing in the world."
Pablo Elvira - Director
"Directing Actors is fantastic. It's a wonderful guide to what you can do and what you should do. I admire Per's ability to make the vast amount of material presentable, and the hard work everyone invested in making this resource."
Lior Shemesh, Director
"This course means a lot to me, not only from filming point of view. This course is changing my life. What you did is really amazing."
"With Directing Actors, you learn how you can communicate your project to actors and the process to push the actors not to play a role but feel, react, think, identify with their role."
"I work in the film industry for 20+ years, started in visual effects,and now as a writer/director. For decades, filmmakers have been trying to demystify and understand the ultimate way on how to PREPARE as a film director, and how to get the PERFORMANCE you want on set from your actors. Per Holmes has put together a unique experience, that finally and ultimately gives the answers. This is the most comprehensive, in-depth and hands-on masterclass for both, Directors and Actors you'll find anywhere on that subject. Period."
Jens Klein - Filmmaker/Director/VFX "Troy" (2004) "Two Chairs" (2021) "Downward Dog" (2017)
"The Advanced staging and blocking course and the VFX course were very good as they clarified concepts and gave many beautiful guidelines. However, the Directing actors' course is absolutely stunning!"
Sai Prakash - Director/Producer "Kashi from Village" (2005) "Rowdy Aliya" (2004) "Janmasthanam" (2014)
"Hollywood Camera Work: Directing Actors' is the first course to teach all of the techniques needed to effectively direct actors on and off set. Whilst there are many great teachers and books on the subject, the creator takes no agenda in pushing one form or technique over another and this is his strength.
Instead, he chooses to demonstrate a vast range of established techniques, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. As he works with real actors in front of the viewer to craft their performances, we candidly see what works and what does not in different situations. The result is one most effective ways to learn the art, craft and science behind directing actors and I highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about their craft."
Ant J. Fallon - Transportation/Camera and Electrical "Ad Astra" (2019) "Thor Ragnarok" (2017)
"This is hands down the best, most comprehensive training/instruction on the subject."
Brian Brooks - Camera and Electrical/Cinematographer/Director "V/H/S/2" (2013) "House of Cards" (2013-2018) "The Waste Land" (2016)
"The Directing Actors course rigorously showed me how to give playable, concise direction to actors of different technical backgrounds. By walking through and carefully examining each layer that makes up a great performance, I can apply the comprehensive framework I've learned to help me articulate my direction."
Tim Keeling - Writer/Director "Yoke Farm" (2014) "Two Puddles" (2018) "Away with Me" (2015) "The Hedgehog" (2013) Winner of the National Anti-Slavery Award for Best Film Production in 2015
"I'm finding the course very valuable, and quite well done. I directed my first feature in November last year and had studied a few Judith Weston books. I was actively doing some things mentioned in this course by her direction and instinct. Not only did I learn that there is so much more that I wasn't aware of, you articulated the points step by step in an easy and understandable method. Your empathy for the people and the process involved is heartfelt and a lovely tone for the whole training series. Thank you so much for creating this series. You are an excellent teacher."
Devin Clarke - Editorial/Cinematographer "Tear Us Apart" (2019) "The Cleaner" (2019) "Tugg n Chugger" (2015) "Stay Warm" (2013)
"Thanks for your Directing Actors course! I have been following it for a year now, and I am still having regular epiphanies."
Ulf Groote - Visual Effects/Producer/Director "A Dangerous Method" (2011) "I'll Save the Multiverse" (2005) "A Short Little Eternity" (2015)
"I wanted to let you know that Volume 9 was fantastic. Casting is such a complex event. I really enjoyed it. It addressed many issues I have faced with great naivete, learning the hard way. I wish I had had this Volume years ago."
Mark P Willner - Director/Writer/Editor "Article 106: An Interrogation" (2013) "Before and After" (2013) "Circumcision" (2013)
"Magnificent. Nothing, no book on directing, no lecture by a Director, nothing comes close to this brilliant course. I have learnt more as an actor from Directing Actors than 3 years at Drama school!
Directing Actors is a game changer. This will change how directors work with actors and it will bring out better performances in clear and concise ways that work."
Luke De Lacey - Actor/Writer/Director "Stitched" (2014) "Balaclava" (2011)
"This is a brilliant course for people from a technical background entering film directing. It helps you get into the minds of actors and learn how to communicate with them. The technical aspects of filmmaking are primarily result-orientated. Even the artistic aspects of cinematography can be controlled and quantified to some degree (lighting, ISO, shutter speed etc).
Directing Actors is more like writing poetry or mixing sound tracks where seemingly intangible emotional and psychological controls dominate the process. Directing Actors is even harder as these emotional controls are not within you but within the actors. Communicating those emotions effectively is critical. This course does a brilliant job in bringing a technically minded director closer to understanding and communicating more effectively with the most important "asset" on set: the actors.
The explanations and the schematic diagrams give a great framework to organise the volumes of information on acting. But watching the director express himself and communicate with the actors on set is absolutely invaluable. It gives a very good feel for what is ok to communicate to the actor and how to do so most effectively. It is also translates course concepts into practical real life situations. It provides a wealth of practical information on topics such as finding the balance between result direction and active allowing, good objectives, character definition etc."
Dr Iuma Martinez - Director/Writer/Cinematographer "Forest Drive" (2019) "Unmute Dance Group SA" (2014) "Killer on the Run" (2016)
"Here's the question: You've just discovered one of the best kept secrets to improving your film game - do you tell anyone else about it? With the mind-bending power that can be found within Directing Actors, it almost feels like a responsibility!
To be honest, for anyone that has had that same 'I shouldn't be this happy while learning' feeling while watching Hollywood Camera Work's The Master Course series, shouldn't really be surprised. Per and his team apply the same careful, informative, and friendly approach to educating filmmakers across the globe. You really do look forward to hitting the play button again and again.
As the equivalency to about one week of film school, the price of the Directing Actors course is almost a joke in comparison to the amount of research, preparation, and sheer persistence to produce this new series."
Michael Reedy - Special Effects/Art Dept "Planet Terror" (2007) "Independence Day" (1996) "Species" (1995)
"A huge thank you to Hollywood Camera Work for putting together this one of a kind course. I've been to film school at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and though I love the education I received, at no point did we go specifically into working with actors as thoroughly as this course does. I've learned so much in a short period of time and find myself re-watching volumes again and again to let everything sink in. I've even emailed with questions and gotten immediate response from Per himself! Excellent course and customer service!"
Kofi Tendai - Director/Writer/Editor "Momma's Boy" (2017) "Violence" (2019)
"I learnt so much about removing my result directing and it's helped so many of my projects. Using the active ideas in even everyday life to make things not a performance to non talent for projects works so well also."
Dave Katague - Director Clients include: Uber, Amazon and Panasonic Australia
"Directing Actors from Hollywood Camera Work is an incredible resource for filmmakers. Living, working and struggling in places without a multitude of like-minded individuals. When you're making films in Wyoming and using the same same five actors in every film, you stop learning or at the very least, get lazy.
Directing Actors has really helped me believe that I need to stay on top of my game at all times. Directing Actors has showed me that even if I am working with "local" actors, I need to grow as a director. Directing Actors has shown me that I can elicit great performances from actors who might not be thinking of greatness."
Nid Collins - Producer/Editor/Director "Thrown Down" (2015) "The Pathway" (2014) "Eye of the Tiger" (2016) "Project: Red Scorpion" (2015)
"I think the course is full of great information, and an excellent handbook" to have available. I keep watching some of the segments, and get new information each time I watch. I appreciate your guidance and helpful information, as well as easy going attitude. "
Marcin Biegunajtys - Manmade Media - Cinematographer/Editor "Quarters" (2017) Clients include: Saatchi and Saatchi, AdAstra and PostNet.
"That this course is bananas awesome! and definitely the most valuable piece of material I've ever found on the subject of working with actors."
Alexander Bartole - Director/Writer/Editor "State of Mind" (2020) "Dare to be Brave" (2010) "Stranger" (2008)
"There is VERY little practical information available on directing actors in real situations. Most of what I have learned over the years has been a combination of OJT and incoherent bits of high-level theory. This course is an absolute treasure putting it all together in one place at one time."
Matthew McCaulley - Director - Light of Life films "The Substitute" (2017)
"Directing Actors by Hollywood Camera Work is the most comprehensive and thorough learning material available on the subject today. Hard to find it anywhere! "
Kwabena Gyansah - Director/Writer/Producer "Azali" (2018)
"Directing Actors is a huge piece of work-an encyclopedia of techniques that directors need to know about how to talk to actors and inspire them to do their best work. A director can lose sight of the actor's side of the film during all the production minutiae. The beauty of this series is that it's not just theory- it provides real-world examples, letting you witness first-hand the pitfalls and the personality conflicts that the books won't tell you. Chock-full of inspiration, "Directing Actors" is an indispensible multi-purpose tool for filmmakers."
Rob Langford & Tracey Houston - Waterworks Montreal
"I must say, the deeper I am going into the course I feel much more evolved as a film maker. My ability to understand the actors and their inner conflicts, obstacle and how to handle critical situation has improved many folds. I have also realised how much result directing I had been doing, thinking I am helping the actors, but now I know I was not. "
Ashok Chouhan - Director/Producer/Production Manager "Munna Bhai M.B.B.S" (2003) "Rakhta Charitra" (2010) "Sau Jhooth Ek Sach" (2004) "Dekh Bhai Dekh: Laughter Behind Darkness" (2009)
"Directing Actors is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow course detailing the actor's process and the director's role in casting, rehearsal, and on-set work. It's a must for anybody who wants to become an "actor's director"."
Goran Spoljaric of Wrathful Deity Films - Director/Writer/Producer "A Night of Horror Vol 1" (2015)
"This is definitely the most comprehensive Directing course available online anywhere and I've tried a few. Some of the volumes I watched more than 10 times and never been able to absorb all the content so this will last me many years."
Alvin Burrell - Cinematographer/Editor "Blast Off" (2018)
"As a VFX Supervisor who has recently ventured into directing, I have found Directing Actors to be an invaluable resource. Per is tremendously insightful, and clearly breaks the art and craft of directing and acting down in a practical, serviceable way. Highly recommended."
Adam Stern, Director, VFX Supervisor, Continuum, Almost Human, Falling Skies
"Directing Actors is ridiculously good. I feel like only now I am truly learning the art of filmmaking. Directing actors was definitely one of my big weaknesses as a director and now I feel like I can confidently go out there and talk to the best of them.
Actually this course to me is way beyond actors and directing them. It made me extremely aware of the story I want to tell. This is probably the best money I've spent for my filmmaking career."
Hisham Izzeldin, Director, Deported (fully funded feature film on KickStarter)
"The combination of rigorous analysis and practical application in Directing Actors is remarkable. It's eclectic in the best sense of the word. Every existing technique is discussed and integrated into a new approach that takes into account the unique imaginative role of the actor on set combined with the technical and practical demands placed on the director."
Nigel Levy, Director, Da Vinci Detective, Titanic: Case Closed, Co-Director, Mothers and Daughters
"In typical Per Holmes fashion, the whole subject of directing actors has been deconstructed and rebuilt from the ground up in meticulous detail.
There is no simple magic bullet here, but what you get is a unified framework that makes sense of all the pre-existing approaches, a Grand Unification Theory of acting.
It's fascinating and insightful stuff and I'm thoroughly enjoying it."
"As with all Per Holmes productions, Directing Actors is a comprehensively exhaustive journey into the many doctrines, theories and techniques used to direct the actor. The videos give you a real feel for the process of directing actors from prep to audition through production.
The only problem is that there is so much information it will take numerous viewings to glean all the insights, but certainly well worth it."
Mark P. Willner, Producer, Angel Station Pictures
"I have discovered Hollywood Camera Work's tutorials quite some time back and have been following them ever since. I have studied all of the video tutorials and have really learned a lot from them.
Directing actors is my new favorite. It is an excellent video tutorial which delivers the essence of directing actors in theory and gives examples to complete the tutorial. It is a real treat for watching and learning new approaches to the subject.
Communication with the actors really is the most powerful tool for achieving the maximum of any given situation.
I recommend all Hollywood Camera Work's tutorials and am looking forward to the next one."
Aleksander Kogoj, Director, AX Production
"I've been watching the videos and they are very well done and fun to watch. I wanted to say thank you for the work and dedication that you have put into them. Due to your films, I got more courage and knowledge. Now I have started my own film company and it has been very successful and fun to come to work to."
Jonathan Meza Howes - Filmmaker
"Directing Actors is a completely eye-opening course that really helps experienced directors deepen their craft and for more inexperienced directors get familiar into the art and psychology of this profession."
Alexander Osborne, Director, Editor, VFX Artist, Life Light Productions
"Watching the Directing Actors videos game me a better understanding of how to create more engaging and believable performance. I highly recommend it to directors and students of animation. "
"Directing Actors is an incredible, in-depth resource for any director, from the beginner to the veteran looking to refine their skills!"
Manuel Crosby, Director, DP
"Ever since I bought Shot Designer and Directing Actors episode 1, my passion for filmmaking has doubled. The way concepts are explained are amazing. I am looking forward to buy the remaining episodes very soon. Thank you for such amazing work."
Sreenidhi Bharadwaj - Filmmaker
"The Directing Actors course is great resource for any serious filmmaker. For students and veterans alike, this extensive and well crafted course breaks down the key fundamentals of directing actors from development right through to production.
There quite simply isn't any other course out there that breaks down the crucial elements of directing like this course does from Hollywood Camera Work. You need to watch this course before starting your next film!"
Neil Horner, Director, Producer, AB Negative
"A unique and immensely deep toolkit, illuminated with countless live examples and nuanced explanations."
Mondo Ghulam, Director / Animation Director
"I began to watch "Directing Actors" and have only finished first 3 volumes. Wow! Just WOW! There are so much useful information even in first free volume, that it took me 4-5 hours to recapitulate all essential and new (for me) information! And it's just a 1/17 part of my journey to Actor's Mindset!)
It's sooo good I can't describe it. And there is one nice detail: while watching this course I'm constantly getting dozens of flashbacks from my study at university (I am bachelor in "Film Director" category). But all I'm recalling are scattered individual phrases I heard on 1st year of studying, second, few on 3rd and some from 4th. No wonder me and my friends were frustrated because of this - this information wasn't systemized well enough. We ended up not knowing exactly what Director is and how exactly from Directing Actors. And your approach is truly systemized!"
"Directing Actors has given me a comprehensive tool set to deal with different acting problems on set."
Felipe G. Santiago, Director, Brazil
"Directing Actors is the ultimate acting/directing course for filmmakers; it contains most, if not all, the directing techniques in existence to create excellent performances for film and TV.
Directing Actors contains tons of straightforward information, without fancy jargon, than any other seminar or book in existence.
This course should not be taken in a single pill, and I really recommend taking notes along the videos, and watch the course again not to miss any important information, until one is very familiar with the techniques."
Ricardo Orta, Director, Actor
"I recommend Directing Acting course more than any film school."
Jyotirmay Biswas Shuva - Filmmaker
"I've directed 60 TV show episodes, and I wish that your Directing Actors resource existed back then. To me, Directing Actors is a complete overview of the directing process, allowing me and my cast to design scenes that work because they are based on ideas that work. These videos could be life changing for new Directors, and helpful for all Directors. Two thumbs up!"
David - DHP Video
"Having seen so far five parts, my impression is that this course will shave off a lot of time on set. The clarity of presentation and the way this course is organized is second to none."
Dr. Sassi V. Sassmannshausen Ph.D., Cineversity.com, Los Angeles, CA
"Directing actors is such a great course that teaches the ins and outs of the business. I can see the great deal of thought and planning that went into the creation of this course. I've learned great tips to pull the best performance out of an actor without dictating how to do a scene. Just an amazing course and amazing professor. Life changing for any actor or director."
Mark Bachar, Director
"HUGE shoutout to Per Holmes and the crew at Hollywood Camera Work."
Charles Nathan, Independent Producer
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