Saturday, July 09, 2011

How To Direct A Movie

In this article I will go over what it takes to direct a movie. Directing a movie may seem easy being the boss calling all the shots but it can be very difficult and there is a lot of behind the scenes work that can be time consuming. Some directors prefer to write there own script, but that is more challenging as to searching for a script that has been written for you. Once you have your script you want to break it into sections, go over your script time after time. You want to be able to envision each scene as it would unfold in your film and write out how you want your characters roles and how you want them to express there emotions, share this with your actors. It can help to take some acting classes because you will be directing your actors and it will give you a better understanding as if you were in there shoes.

There are many software programs you can use to help you with drawing out your storyboards which can be very efficient as to saving you valuable time. Make sure you write how you want each set to look and how you will shoot each scene, also any special effects you feel you will be using. Remember to share all these aspects with your film crew you want your entire team onboard with you. They need to know exactly how you want each shot and it's your job to fill them in with your vision of this film. Get your crew together and lay everything on the table, make sure everyone is on the same page.

Before you jump into filming grab your main actors and sit down with them and read the script out loud. This will give you the chance to explain how you want your film to play out, and you can get good feedback from your actors as they see it. As you get your sets together do some "on set rehearsal" this will allow you to show your actors what specific actions you expect from them. Respect your actors but call out there mistakes let them know what you envision for this film. As Director you need to set the bar for your crew, show up early on days you're shooting make sure everything is in its correct place.

Keep a schedule for each day this will help you to know which scenes will be shot and in the order there in. Observe your actors and take notes on how they can improve there roles. Go over each scene once before you shoot and refresh your actor's memories on how you want there characters emotions and actions to play out. Give notes to your actors on how they can improve there roles and how you want you expect from there character. Don't try to control every aspect of your film, keep in mind you hired professionals so sit back and let them do there job. Over all you want to be firm with your crew but you also want them to respect you and that will make a huge difference to creating a good movie.


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