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!