Directing Drama for Film & TV

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    £166, £149 (early booking discount), £132 concessions

Directing Drama Weekend – “change the way you look at every script”

Directing Drama for Film & TV covers the principles of directing drama for the screen and shows students how to apply them in practice. It is run by filmmaker Simon Hook, who made several award-winning shorts before going on to direct broadcast television drama for the BBC and Channel 4. He demonstrates the principles of directing drama through analysis of film and television clips and follows them up with practical exercises with the camera.

Directing Drama for Film & TV is a weekend course for students wishing to learn or develop their directing skills. Experience of working on short films and/or completing training courses such as Shooting Video is desirable.

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Course Aims
To give course participants the confidence and skills to make their own dramas to a much higher standard. The script exercise will “change the way you look at every script”.

Who can get Concessions on Directing Drama?

Discount for NUS students and people on following means-tested benefits, proof required: NUS card; ESA (income related); JSA, Income Support; Working Tax Credit (not child tax credit); Council Tax Benefit (not student/single person/reduction due to disability); Housing Benefit; Pension Credit (guarantee); Unwaged Dependent of these benefits.


All Film Oxford Courses are subsidised by Oxfordshire Adult Learning 

Answers to most commonly asked questions can be found on our FAQ page, otherwise please email

This is one of our adult training courses so please note that participants need to be 18 years and above, for information about all of our youth activities see Youth page

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Simon “on Location” for TV Shoot  

SIMON HOOK Director/Writer – Biography

Simon has directed two one-hour episodes of the BBC Scotland show Rivercity, directed twenty three episodes (and written one) of the top rated children’s television series M.I.High for the BBC (made by the same company as Spooks) and five episodes of Hollyoaks for Channel 4.

Before television he wrote and directed a series of successful yet diverse shorts: The micro-budget, 6.6.04 attracted Completion Funding from the UK Film Council, premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival, and was nominated for Best British Short at the British Independent Film Awards.

His short script Knit Your Own Karma won the First Film Foundation/Sci-Fi Channel Short Film competition from over 2000 entries. Described by jury member Terry Gilliam as “poetic and beautifully structured”, Simon directed it in May ‘01 and it played nationally in UCI cinemas in front of Planet of the Apes. At the Britspotting festival in Berlin that year, it won Best Short Film.

Amongst his earlier shorts, Same Dog…Whitewashed won Southern Arts’ David Altshul Award for creative excellence in film-making and the Halloween Society’s Audience Prize in London and Paris. Later, Uncle Gilbert and the Hurlo-Thrumbo was voted Best of Festival at Winterthur film festival and was sold for broadcast in the USA by PBS, in France by Canal+ and to Air Canada.
He is currently developing an original comedy series with Masses Entertainment.

Simon’s IMDb page

Comments & Feedback

After my last shoot I can’t tell you how much better it all went having done the course – CH

It was good that it was so hands on. The course was great and fun as well! – L.L.

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  – D.B.

Awesome – sustainable, accessible and high quality professional training.  – M.V.

Excellent course, excellent tutor and excellent facility!  – S.P.

Absolutely brilliant. Incredible amount of information, clear explanations, loads of examples and demonstrations. Thank you!!  – R.O.

I thought the course was first class – incredible value for money – MB

I feel I was given a good intro into the various roles of the crew and the process involved in making a film – DS

Simon did a fantastic job and was very easy to understand – MS

Damn Good, Totally Brilliant – JG

Directing Drama for Film & TV – Topics include:

Day 1: 10am – 6.00pm

Topics include:

  • Sounding the part
  • Reading the script as a director
  • Planning your coverage and Cinematic Gramma
  • Practical exercise in blocking actors
  • When can I cross the line?
  • Shot selection and it’s affect on the audience
  • Tips for working with actors
  • Tips for working with crew

Day 2: 10am – 6.00pm

Camera familiarisation.
PRACTICAL SHOOT EXERCISE. Each student takes a turn in the role of director or other member of the crew and together they will shoot a scene. Simon will point out common pitfalls, encourage good practice and give out tips to save your bacon in the edit suite!
PLUS the script exercise which will “change the way you look at every script”.

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Simon’s 10 Rules for directors

Participant Review of  course by Rob Pretorius

I attended the directing drama course recently and found it really good for my development as a filmmaker who is just starting off. I am currently a student, so have made a few short videos, but nothing yet sophisticated or cohesive or lengthy. I chose this course because I hoped it would offer someone like me the chance to get a grip of more in-depth and meaningful aspects of directing. It did not disappoint, and I strongly recommend this to anyone who has the basics of film making in place and is ready to start pushing themselves. It has everything you need and is such good value for money! It seems you don’t know what you are missing out on until you’ve tried it.

I was given enough room to push boundaries while still feeling like I had the support. For example, at no point did I feel as though I was in a classroom during our practical exercises. The other course participants all took their roles seriously which enabled us to work together as a team. This was perhaps one of the most important insights of the experience. Directing good drama rests on the importance of establishing clear communication. At first, I realized it was actually surprisingly hard to give your actor/member of crew precisely the right amount of information to get the effect you desired, and not too little, too much, or too vague comments with which to confuse them. The tutor was particularly helpful in his teaching which involved both practical ‘been there, done that’ analogies and a clear direction towards what we as a team were aiming to achieve. It was really good to have a tutor who was as experienced as he is and for me, this made the difference between an ordinary course and one which was filled with great insights and knowledge of what to expect when taking on the role of a director!




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