Blocking and Staging

This event took place Oct 17 - Nov 14, 2017

$260 Tuition
$240 For Members

Duration: 3h
Instructor: Oliver Tuthill


TUESDAYS, OCT. 17 to NOV. 14 – 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Now is your chance to learn the high-end production skill of blocking and staging for camera with award-winning director/producer Oliver Tuthill. Many independent filmmakers are not trained in these highly technical and sophisticated techniques. A well placed camera and/or actor(s) creates much of the emotion of a scene, and a DP or director with these skills knows how to bring a three-dimensional depth to a two-dimensional medium. In this class, you learn how to effectively and efficiently construct and create a scene. You will learn about stationary blocking, the moving camera, the value of parallax, pivots, a notation system for blocking, the seven essential steps of blocking and staging, open and closed framing, and more. Once you have completed this course you will be ready to tackle your next project with the confidence and skill set of a seasoned professional. This course is also recommended for producers, actors and crew.

Oliver W. Tuthill Jr.

Oliver W. Tuthill Jr.

Oliver W. Tuthill Jr. has been directing films since he was a child, and by the time he was 14 years old had made over one hundred westerns, dramas and horror movies. He moved to Hollywood in the 1970s and worked as a Day Player for many of the major studios such as Universal, MGM and Columbia. He is a graduate of the Hollywood Film Institute and formed his first production company in 1995 where he made educational films for 10 years, many of which are distributed throughout the world.

In 2002 he won the Governor’s Award in Media from then-Governor Gary Locke, and in 2003 he won the Horace Mann Award for contributions to education concerning emotional child abuse. In 2004 he formed Blue Wood Films, LLC and has produced both documentaries and feature length films. One of his films is distributed by Entertainment 7 internationally and Passion River Films in the United States. He wrote, produced and directed Willatuk: The Legend of Seattle’s Sea Serpent narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves), Wounded Heart: Pine Ridge and the Sioux narrated by Lakota actor Russell Means (Last of the Mohicans), The Right to Bear Arms starring John Savage (The Deer Hunter) and Questions for Crazy Horse featuring Jay Red Hawk (Skins) and Russell Means (Natural Born Killers). In 2013 he released his newest documentary, the critically acclaimed The Girl Who Loved Animals: Kitty Jones and the Fight for Animal Rights.

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