Producing & Directing for Filmed Television and Theatrical
Life in the Trenches

A Master Class by Kenneth Johnson

An insider’s perspective on how to produce and direct features, TV movies and series
episodes, this is life in the trenches of film-making, including...

How to Prep: How to budget, cast, rehearse, use locations, create shot lists.

How to Shoot: Deciding tone and style, staging actors for drama and comedy (using
students in the class), camera placement, lenses, camera moves, stunts, big action, special
effects. Plus how to plan and shoot Special Visual Effects.

How to Post: Editing, looping, musical scoring, dubbing the soundtrack and finishing the

The 18 hour course employs extensive visual aids including staging a scene in class with a
live camera, many storyboards and much concept art, plus a great many filmed sequences
and personal behind-the-scenes footage showing exactly how to produce and direct
effectively on the set. -- And have fun doing it.

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Kenny taught this class for several years at UCLA Extension where instructors are
evaluated by their students.  --  9.0 is the highest score. Kenny's average score is 8.8.

He has presented all or portions of his 18 hour seminar at the USC and NYU Film Schools,
Columbia, Carnegie-Mellon, San Francisco State and other California Universities plus the
English National Film and Television School and for The New York Film Academy at
Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Check back for dates.
Kenny took his Filmmaking Seminar to Moscow

The New York Film Academy invited Kenny to the Russian Federation for a two-week
program at the Higher School of Journalism, Moscow State University, internationally
recognized as "the Harvard of Russia."
Kenny with fellow NYFA profs Lydia
Cedrone & Paul Brown in Red Square.
They presented two-week seminars in
Filmmaking at the prestigious Higher
School of Journalism at State University,
Kenny often presents three or four segments drawn from his full seminar as a Guest
Lecturer for the New York Film Academy in Burbank, California.

It may be possible for a few  non-NYFA students to audit.
E-mail Kenny if you're interested. Put “NYFA Guest” in Subject.

Secrets for Success -- How to prep, cast, rehearse, create a shot list, place the camera
and lead your team with maximum efficiency in an inspiring, fun, creative environment.

The Time Eaters -- Elements of filmmaking that will chew you up
if you're not adequately prepared, including stunt work, big action, process
photoraphy, night shooting, working with animals and children.

The Planning and Execution of Special Visual Effects Sequences
An informative visual session that thoroughly breaks down the process.

Cheats That Work -- Tricks of the Filmmaking Trade --
Detailing wonderful cheats you can get away with on film.

Classes are in the NYFA Theater, 3300 Riverside Drive, Burbank

Kenny's full 20-hour seminar, detailed below, may be presented later this year.

A Master Class by Kenneth Johnson