Face Time

Actors should not be upstaged by furniture and props that can get in the way. Hats can also obscure the face, so if the character calls for a hat, make sure the actor keeps their head up.

Film Direction Notes Face TimeA Reason for Style

When adding elements of style, think of what intention, purpose or meaning they represent. Without this, the style on the stage will remain empty.

Missing a Costume Moment? If the writing calls for a costume moment, use it to your advantage.

The Power of Music

Music is a powerful tool on stage. It can guide the emotional experience of the audience. The music must be chosen carefully to enhance the performance, not take the audience off on a tangent. Music with lyrics is a gray area since many may interpret the words differently.

Sound can also prompt the audience, such as when a character begins his line offstage before entering. This helps to create the offstage world.

The Naked Truth

Nudity might not get the reaction from audience a director is looking for. Many times, the audience stops paying attention to the plot and they focus on the actor’s bodies instead.

The Entrance

If a scene doesn’t come together, work on what is happening before the scene even begins.


What the actor’s line suggests may not be clicking with the action on stage. Make the actor feel engaged and useful while reciting their lines.

Good but Boring

A scene can have all the right elements, but still come off as boring or unimportant. As the director, you must convey that something surprising can happen at any time. Urgency helps to move the plot forward and doesn’t leave your actors looking like they have all the time in the world. Tension makes everything interesting.

Great but Still Boring

Another element that can be missing from an otherwise perfect scene is the pleasure. Everyone in the world is motivated by getting satisfaction out of something. If the characters on stage are not satisfying a need by action or dialogue, the performance will have no life to it.