What Does a Film Director Do?

15 Jul

Film directors do a lot more than yell, “Action!” If a movie set is likened to a football field and the cast and crew the team, the film director could be considered the head coach.

Long before game day, the head coach meets with his players and reviews the playbook. Each  player learns his part, then the team practices together. As the big game approaches, the coach develops an overall strategy based on the strengths and talents of his team. Finally, “Action,” it’s time to execute the coach’s vision.

I played football for eight years and can confidently say that preparation is the key to success.  Filmmaking is no different.  As the director of Girlfriend 19, I have begun working with my team, including actors and key crew members.  We have reviewed our playbook (the script), and are now running through the plays (the scenes).

In general, I value efficiency and economy on-set.  Rather than stand around and deliberate our next move, I make every effort to be well-prepared when filming begins.  On the other hand, like a good football coach, I need to be flexible on game day as well, making adjustments as unforeseen situations arise.  However, our preparation and unity as a team will ultimately determine how well we play!


8 Responses to “What Does a Film Director Do?”

  1. Derek R. Stogner July 20, 2010 at 2:38 am #

    Yeah, I was going to say, but you preempted me, that on our set, it was actually the AD calling Action and Cut. Heh. Good post here. It’s been our plan all along. We spent 2 years developing this project but were flexible enough to make changes on the day. Being flexible with the schedule, lighting set ups, etc., is key to making a low budget film a success. And by success I mean get completed.

    • Christopher July 20, 2010 at 9:44 am #

      I love the humility regarding completion, Derek. I personally feel perfection is greatness is too often the goal for many first-timers! Thanks for the comment….

  2. Rae July 17, 2010 at 12:53 am #

    Can I be the Captain of the Cheerleaders?? ;)

    • Christopher July 17, 2010 at 10:19 am #

      LOL. You’re too much! Maybe you can perform the half-time show!

  3. Nuno Barreto July 15, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    “Film directors do a lot more than yell, “Action!” ”
    They also say “Cut!”
    Just joking!

    Excited for the film, going to catch up on few old post to get a idea of what movie is about!
    Great blog idea!

    • Christopher July 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

      Thanks, Nuno! I love your comments… And, yes, I forgot about “Cut!” LOL In fact, I’ve heard a lot of directors don’t even say “Action,” their Assistant Director does, but “Cut” is only for the director!!!

  4. Cassidy July 15, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    I am so excited to be on the “field” with you!

    • Christopher July 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

      Your comment is possibly the sweetest thing ever! Thank you so much, Cassidy, and likewise… See you at “practice” tomorrow!!!

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