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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
4:45 – 6:45 PM
Seminar Room W331, Wallace Dance Building & Theater
Lewis Arts Complex
For Princeton students only

Join veteran TV director and Princeton University alumnus Adam Bernstein ’82 for a private Master Class introducing the creative and business aspects of directing for television. For Princeton students only; enrollment limited and advanced registration required.


PART I: The Role of the Director in Television

Learn about the Director’s role in TV as it applies to both pilots and episodes, including the customary details of the production process, and more in-depth details about the technical and creative aspects of the job, including staging, camera placement, screen direction, coverage and working with actors. Adam will also briefly touch up editorial, music and sound design.

Part II: The Business of Television

Adam will talk about how shows are created, and the various ways in which people launch their directing careers. He’ll also share the story of his own path to directing and how he “clawed his way” to the middle of his profession.

A Q&A period will follow each section.



ADAM BERNSTEIN ‘82 began his career as an animator, and at age 26 produced the first original programming for the Nickelodeon Network. He went on to direct over seventy music videos, including “Love Shack” for the B-52’s, “Hey Ladies” for the Beastie Boys and “Baby’s Got Back” for Sir Mix a Lot. In addition to the pilots for “Fargo,” “30 Rock,” “Scrubs,” “Alpha House,” and “Strangers with Candy,” Adam has directed multiple episodes of “Oz” and “Breaking Bad.” He is the recipient of a Golden Globe (“Fargo”), an Emmy Award (“30 Rock”), an MTV Award (“Love Shack”), a Peabody Award (“Homicide – Life on the Street”), and a Good Citizenship Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution (1973).

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The seminar room is located on the third floor of the Wallace Dance Building at the Lewis Arts complex.

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