Directing
Actor/Director Relationships

Actor/Director Relationships

The relationships between actors and directors can vary drastically. Some are friendly and free-flowing. Others are like a tyrant versus the oppressed. Some are like a lengthy marriage, where there are fights but ultimately the two come out of it loving each other. Still, think of directors as being the supervisors and actors being the...
Maximizing the Scene Through Lighting, Lenses and Shots

Maximizing the Scene Through Lighting, Lenses and Shots

Every director’s greatest wish is that his vision, which includes the look of the film, is actualized on the big screen.  But the fact is, filmmaking is a collaborative medium, and though a director has a lot of power, he must rely on other members of his crew to bring his vision to life.  Nowhere...
The Importance of Emotional Events in Film

The Importance of Emotional Events in Film

Scripts are full of tiny details that can be used to create a visual canvas for the scene. Every director has different feelings about these stage directions; some can make a strong argument for taking them with the proverbial grain of salt. While using stage directions as suggestions rather than mandates may divert from the...
Film "Events"

Film “Events”

What is an “Event”? An “event” is the collision of inspirational or influential forces at work in a drama.  During a performance, there are two levels to the “event.”  One results from the director’s interpretative storytelling; the other results from the spontaneously alchemical narrative created by the actors on stage.  The event derives its force...
When Life Gives You Lemons on Your Set,  be Prepared to Make Lemonade

When Life Gives You Lemons on Your Set, be Prepared to Make Lemonade

It is a proven fact of life that anything that can go wrong, will. You cannot believe for one second that anything to do with movie productions will be any different. Regardless of who you are or what you are doing, no one is immune to the inevitable fact that things do not always go...
Tips and Tricks of Using Movement in Film Production

Tips and Tricks of Using Movement in Film Production

Movement within a scene in a film or play occurs whenever a person or animal physically moves from one place to another. This movement may be in the form of a walk, a mad dash, a run, a long sprint, or even crawling on the floor; but as long as the character travels even one...
Twelve Famous Science Fiction Directors And How They Got Their Starts

Twelve Famous Science Fiction Directors And How They Got Their Starts

Although science fiction films tend to be box office winners (more than half of the all-time domestic grossing films fit that genre), “sci-fi” is still considered by some experts to be a “lesser” genre. It’s “lesser” in the sense that it gives itself to exploitation and imaginative ideas that, while entertaining to watch, typically lacks...
Approaching Monster and Action Scenes

Approaching Monster and Action Scenes

Every scene in a film has its own unique requirements, whether they involve a short exchange of dialogue or a long action set piece. Monster or action scenes should never receive any special treatment. They should be approached the same way you would approach every other scene. You must make sure that they actually serve...
Sensation Seekers + Intrinsic Motivation

Sensation Seekers + Intrinsic Motivation

Whether biologically driven or enhanced by external factors, the factors at work behind the scenes in creative minds can be difficult to decipher.  Understanding the reasons why screenwriters behave the way they do, and how their creativity can be most effectively harnessed, will help producers and directors navigate the potentially problematic process of film production...
Three Golden Rules of Being an Effective Director

Three Golden Rules of Being an Effective Director

A good director is more than just yelling “Action!” It’s managing a team. It’s knowing what you need to do. And finally, it’s being courteous even when there is tension on set. These things can be summarized into three basic ideas: Know what the rights and responsibilities of a director are; Know who you have...
Legalities Of Writing The Screenplay

Legalities Of Writing The Screenplay

a strong, unique and creative screenplay can be an artistic challenge, but it also presents a number of legal issues that all production companies should be aware of. A screenplay (or script) can be produced in several ways. The simplest way, in terms of legalities, is to write it entirely yourself; this makes you the...
As A Director, It's Your Job To Look For Warning Signs

As A Director, It’s Your Job To Look For Warning Signs

A director has to wear many hats, among them is looking for warning signs from their actors and actresses that something about their line, their interpretation of a scene or maybe even their role in the whole film isn’t completely right. It’s the directors job to look for these warning signs during rehearsals, both subtle...
Spending Time To Save Time

Spending Time To Save Time

It may sound like an oxymoron, but as a director spending time can save you time. Spending time in the beginning, during rehearsals will save you time on the set. One of my favourite quotes about a director’s usage of time: “When a light bulb has burned out, you take the time to change it....
The Director As An Honest Leader

The Director As An Honest Leader

Being Open with the Actors Being vulnerable as a director is not the same as being a weak director. Sometimes, directors may not have all the answers, nor will they admit to any type of mistake. Actors may perceive this as coercive or micro-managerial, insensitive to their work, mistrustful of their instincts, or negatively critical...
Job Functions Of The Director And The Team

Job Functions Of The Director And The Team

As a director a fundamental question you need to answer is which of the innumerable jobs involved in film making do you need to understand? Can it be presume that a film script is the work of another and leave it at that? You may well believe after your experiences of film studies or even...
The Role of Judgement In film

The Role of Judgement In film

As viewers, we tend to judge the villains in films, criticizing their actions as unscrupulous and wicked. It is a natural response for those of us who do not have a vested interest in the mean-spirited character. But how should actors playing a villain feel about their character? Should they be equally judgmental , or...
Get Your Actors to Trust Themselves

Get Your Actors to Trust Themselves

Due to the nature of the filmmaking industry, it can be difficult for actors to avoid playing to an image. Because they have a lot on their minds during any performance, it’s important to run a set where everyone is comfortable enough to lose themselves in the characters that they’re playing. Teach Them To React...
The Fictional Realm In Film

The Fictional Realm In Film

In Sydney Pollock’s Sanford Meisner documentary, Meisner says, “Everything is imagination. Do you believe Hamlet existed?” The implication here seems obvious—Hamlet was a fictional character who didn’t exist. But because we often allow characters to become real to us, not as real as the people we interact with on a daily basis but real nonetheless,...