About The Program
The Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop is an initiative that introduces up-and-coming directors to prime time television. With the backdrop of active Warner Bros. Television sets as the learning environment and top television directors, cinematographers and showrunners as the instructors, those selected to the program will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop that is unprecedented and unparalleled in the industry.
Competitive candidates will have an established portfolio of features, music videos or national commercials. For the experienced and talented directors selected, the Workshop will provide the knowledge and exposure required to cross the threshold into the competitive world of episodic television.
The Warner Bros. Television Directors Workshop features multiple components, all geared towards preparing the director for a successful career in television.
Master Class: This 8-week course is run by Bethany Rooney, an esteemed director who has directed over 300 episodes of network television. Based on her book Directors Tell the Story, the Master Class will feature guest speakers currently working in television, including an elite mix of showrunners, directors, cinematographers and editors. Each session will teach a new skill essential for excelling through prep, shooting and post. The 2017 Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop will begin in late-May/early-June, with meetings every Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, CA. There will be no class on July 4th weekend. Full participation is mandatory.
The Directors’ Workshop will also have optional components, with participation determined by each director’s skill set. They include:
Cinematography 101: This subset of the workshop will cover cameras, lighting and blocking.
Acting Class: Directors will have the opportunity to participate in a leading industry acting class, where they will gain invaluable insight into working with actors on set.
Shadowing: Some directors in the program will be offered the chance to shadow a director on an episode of a Warner Bros.-produced show. The inside look at the day-to-day work of a television director, and the connections made on set, will be priceless tools in preparing the director to take on their own episode.