Directing actors workshop course with Martin Bode

Directing Actors Work shop with Martin Christopher-Bode


Directing Actors Workshop, London

A 4 day short course comprising of 4 x 7 hour days.


WHEN: January 15th 2018 – January 18th 2018

SPACES LIMITED (4-8 students)

***Early Bird offer Expires 10th December 2017

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Directing Actors


The process of directing actors is fundamental in telling a compelling story. It is essential that the actor‘s performance is coherent with the vision of the director. Many directors know what they want, but they do not know how to communicate it.

In this four day intensive workshop, participants will be given a deep insight into the actors‘ working processes, as well as the tools to analyse a script and prepare for rehearsal and shooting. Each participant will rehearse, direct and shoot a scene with real actors in the studio. Group discussion and observation will be a part of the workshop.

After completing the course, participants will have the tools and in-depth knowledge to engage with actors on a more profound level. The hands-on nature of the workshop will give participants confidence and practical insights essential for directing actors.

This workshop is suitable for beginners, as well as more advanced students who want to improve and shape their directing skills.


You will the opportunity to work with an award winning and commercially successfully director, Martin Christopher-Bode.
After studying directing and screenwriting in Spain and Germany, Martin taught at the Munich Film Academy for over four years, eventually becoming the school‘s principal 2012. He worked extensively with acting and filmmaking students across a variety of workshops and courses, directed over 70 showreels, and coached actors for auditions and TV roles.
In 2013 Martin directed a short film with legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle. This 20 min short, called A Good Story, won the Raindance Film Festival as well as 15 other international awards. The film was screened at over 60 international film festivals and qualified for the Oscars 2015. In 2014, he directed his first feature which was picked up by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Martin recently relocated to London and is working on his next film.


  • Script analysis.
  • How actors work.
  • Director/Actor relationship.
  • Rehearsal process.
  • Rehearsal tools.
  • Casting process.
  • Shooting process.
  • What to say after the word ‘cut‘.
  • How to work as a young director with established actors.
  • Staging the Scene.
  • Speed directing (directing under great time pressure).
  • Keeping performances alive and the actors engaged.
  • Maintaining emotional continuity in the shooting process.