Certificate Program in Direction

Certificate Program in Direction

Visualize how scripts can be brought to life and learn how to oversee crews and the technical aspects of Filmmaking

NSDC Approved

Short Online Course in Cinematography
Duration : 10 Hrs
Cost : ₹15,000

Key Highlights


Certificate Program in Direction from WWI

Successful Completion

Gets you 10% off on the Advanced Certificate program


Designed by renowned faculty of WWI


10 hours of video content

Time Commitment


Access to content

1 year

Course Features

Content Duration : 10 hours
Learning structure : Self-paced learning
Accessibility : On PC, mobile
Access period : 1 year
Mode of instruction : English
Video transcripts : English

What is Direction?

A film director’s most basic yet crucial role is to visualize the screenplay and bring it to life by tying together all technical and creative aspects on the job. While making a film is not a one-person job, it does need one person to guide all the different teams and technicians. This responsibility falls on the shoulders of the director.

Much like the captain of a team, the director coordinates with the actors, writers and the crew to translate the words on a paper into a moving, breathing story. It is the director’s creative vision that the audience finally sees on the screen.

Course Objectives

Through this Certificate program in Direction, you’ll learn the skills required to become a successful director. You’ll learn how to think like a director, how to find your creative style and how to interpret a story through your own vision. This direction course focuses on all-round learning, from how different teams work to how a film set works and from film theories to scene analysis.

This course consists of topics such as Introduction to Direction, Composition, Space and time, Continuity, Mise-En-Scene, Sound, Script development and breakdowns, Directing actors, Film theory & analysis and Assisting a Director.

What kind of certification will I obtain from this program?

On successful completion of all the modules included in this program, the user shall be given a certificate from Whistling Woods International. You can download the certificate in the form of a PDF.

Is there a specific time limit for this program?

There is no specific time limit or schedule to do a module-based program such as this one. However, the access period to the platform is 1 year.

How many hours of study are required to complete this program?

This is a module-based program, so there is no specific schedule to adhere to.

What are the key topics covered in this program?

Please refer to the curriculum tab on the course page of the program.

What type of learning should I expect from this program?

This program comprises of learning through video-based lectures. You will also be given the transcripts of these lectures. The content is derived from the knowledge base of Whistling Woods faculty and Industry experts along with specific case studies used to explain the concepts and theories.

Are there any assignment or coursework in this program?

There are no coursework or assignments in this program.

Does the program include live sessions with the faculty?

There are no live sessions included as part of this program. However for live sessions and on campus specialization workshops, please check our Advanced Certificate in Filmmaking program.

Program fee : INR 15,000 (Inclusive of all taxes)

Completion of this program will earn you a 10% discount on one of the Advanced Certificate Program. For more info please click here.

Admission Criteria :

  • No work experience is required to apply for any of the programs
  • It is recommended that applicants have cleared Xth grade or equivalent
  • All candidates need to have reading and speaking proficiency in English

Key Highlights :

  • Content Duration : 10 hours
  • Format of learning : Self-paced learning
  • Accessibility : On mobile, Laptop and Desktop
  • Access period : 1 Year


  • You can pay for the program with a debit / credit card and through Netbanking.
  • On successful payment transaction, you will receive a confirmation mail with the order no. and payment acknowledgement.
  • You will be provided a course login URL within 48 hours of making a payment. Please register on the URL to gain access to the course.
  • In case of any issues during payment, please write to us on virtualacademy@whistlingwoods.net


  • Role of a director
    A film director is the primary person responsible for translating the screenplay into a fully formed film while keeping its vision intact. This class gives a comprehensive overview about the roles of a director. .
  • The Film Grammar
    In this class, you will learn about the composition of shots and sequences, framing, pacing, rhythm and different rules of thumb that will help you communicate stories visually.
  • Ways of Seeing
    This class will teach you to think in terms of the overall composition, where would you like the viewer’s eye to start in a frame. .
  • Framing & Composition
    This class introduces you to the fundamentals of effective framing and composition. You will learn about different popular conventions that will help you get started with composing your shots to deliver intended impact.
  • Space & Time Manipulation
    In this class, you will learn how to visualize time and space of your scenes and communicate that vision effectively with your cinematographer to establish the dimensions of the shoot. You will learn about tools, like staging, sound, blocking etc. that will help you manipulate space and time according to your need.
  • Character of a Location/Landscape
    In this class, you will learn how to characterize a place and present it as a lively character, not a mere innate object.
  • Continuity
    Continuity in film can be defined by the idea that shots taken from different angles and composition at a given location must have the same position of characters, properties, objects, costumes etc. This class helps you understand how to avoid continuity errors during your shoot.
  • Axis Breakdown
    This class introduces you to the 180-degree rule which is basically a very popular guideline regarding the on-screen spatial relationship between the elements within a scene, for example an object or a character.
  • Camera Movement
    In this class, you will learn about fundamental camera movement techniques.
  • Staging & Blocking
    In this class you will learn about Staging, also commonly known as set dressing, which deals with the selection, design and modification of the performance space in a film.
  • The Long Take
    As the name suggests, long takes are shots that last for a much longer duration than conventional movie shots. In this class, you will learn about when and why to use long shots in your films and how do you use techniques, such as camera movement and blocking, in order to produce effective long takes.
  • Mise-En-Scene
    This class teaches you how to work with all the visual elements that make up the mise en scene, such as the setting, decorations, depth of space, lighting, costumes and makeup etc .
  • Scene Analysis
    This class will teach you about how to break a scene down into its fundamental elements and analyze them so you can design and modify them. This knowledge enables you to understand why a particular scene works or doesn’t work, enabling you to produce sequences that are emotionally powerful.
  • Sound in films
    This class will teach you about the crucial role played by sound and soundscape in effective storytelling and how to properly record and use sound, music etc. in order to elevate the emotional impact of your movie.
  • Creation of Time & Space through Sound
    In this class, you will learn how to play with diegetic and non-diegetic sound to establish and manipulate time and space.
  • Script Development & Dialogues
    This class teaches you the technicalities of how to proceed with developing the script and dialogues that will be used to shoot the film during production.
  • Beat Breakdown
    In the context of the film’s screenplay, a beat represents a pause in dialogue. In the context of the timing of a film, a beat refers to any decision, event or discovery that changes the way the protagonist moves forward in the story. This class will teach you how to how to properly analyze and break beats down during the development stage. .
  • Action Breakdown
    This class talks about the basics of breaking down actions that happen in a film as a director develops the screenplay into the final shooting script.
  • Shot Breakdown
    In this class, you will be introduced to effective techniques and templates on how you can effectively break each shot down into its fundamental elements such as it’s cast, props, music etc.
  • Storyboarding/Visual Referencing Basics
    This class will discuss a very important pre-production process called storyboarding, which is a visual representation of the entire movie broken down into different parts and arranged in order.
  • How to Direct Actors
    This class will teach you techniques on how to effectively direct actors on set as you will learn how to negotiate creative differences with them during production.
  • Film theories
    In this class, you will learn how to question the essential philosophies of cinema and gain conceptual frameworks for understanding the relationship of film with reality, film consumers and society.
  • Psychology of Film
    This class discusses the psychology of film- a study of film as art that explores its characteristics and its production in relation to human psychology of perception, cognition, narrative understanding, and emotion.
  • Study of a Director
    In this class, you will study the psyche of a Director
  • Short Films
    In this class, you will learn how the direction of short films, from script development to production, differs from the direction process of full-length feature films.
  • Role of an AD
    This class provides a comprehensive overview of all the responsibilities of an assistant director, also referred to as AD.
  • How to Give a Clap
    Clapperboards contain important information are very useful in the audiovisual synchronization during post production process. This class teaches you the basics of how to work with a clapperboard.

Final assessment will be conducted by Media & Entertainment Skills Council


Complete the program successfully to obtain the Advanced Certificate in Filmmaking from Whistling Woods International

  • Connect with a wide network of learners & professionals
  • Take a step towards discovering the world of filmmaking
Admissions 2024-25