Unique TV Course Offered at Leeward

Directors Guild Award winner uses interdisciplinary approach

Leeward Community College
Kathleen R Cabral, (808) 455-0524
Dir of Mktg, Chancellor's Office
Posted: Jul 24, 2015

Gary Shimokawa
Gary Shimokawa

Are you curious about directing? Do you want to write or work in tv production? Leeward Community College  is proud to offer a new course for Fall 2015, Directing Actors for the Studio. The 3 credit course is cross-listed as DMED 197, THEA 197, TVPR 197 and will be offered on Wednesdays, 1:30pm – 4:15pm.

The instructor is Gary Shimokawa who is an Associate Professor of the Arts from New York University – Tisch School of the Arts, Kanbar Institute of Film and Television.  He has also worked at Columbia University, University of Southern California–School of Cinematic Arts, and Loyola Marymount University.  Mr. Shimokawa is a Directors Guild of America award winner and Emmy nominated director for his work in teleivsion. Shimokawa brings more than three decades of industry experience into the classroom, with credentials that include work on All in the Family, Golden Girls, Sesame Street, Saved by the Bell, Laverne & Shirley, Good Times, Welcome Back Kotter, and many others.

The course will provide an in-depth exploration of the creative capabilities (technical, logistical, aesthetic) of directing and producing narrative-based studio production work in a multiple camera television studio environment.  Students will rotate through every production position in the studio from cameras, to sound mixing and booming, floor managing, lighting and art direction.  Throughout the studio rotation, each student will serve as the director working with the script and will also serve as actors within the class to tell a story. 

Course enrollment is open to all students but is limited to twelve students.  For more information, please contact Ron Umehira, Dean of Career & Technical Education at 455-0321 or by email at umehira@hawaii.edu.