THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF FILM DIRECTION

By Rahul Nair
In Directing
Jun 13th, 2014
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1. Writing, directing and editing are all about story telling. The writer uses words, the director uses the camera and the performances and the editor uses shots and sound. The means may differ but the goal is the same. Tell the story as clearly and as strongly as you can.

2. Making a film is both a creative and organizational challenge, akin to setting up, operating and shutting down a small or mid size business; consequently, the director needs a creative team of performers and film crew, as well as an organizational team. Producer, production Manager, Script Supervisor, Assistant Director and must get along with both teams. Think of this role as a mix of General and Captain.

3. Many different styles of leadership can be effective.

4. Making a film requires making hundreds of decisions each day.

5. Directors can never be over prepared.the-ten-commandments-of-film-direction

6. Directing is technical, intellectual, emotional and creative. The more layers operating for the director, the more likely the film will be lively and engaging.

7. Actors are critical to the success of a film; they are the front line, the great risk taken in a production. Because of the risks they rake, they deserve the respect of their directors.

8. Character matters! Good and great directing is fueled by the character of the director. It means vague mix of ethics and behavior that make each of us who we are. False character, conversely, does not make for good directing.

9. The story, whether 30 seconds / 3 hours, can be told in many ways. The emphasis / interpretation of a director will depend on that directors interests, intuition and belief system. One interpretation is not necessary better than other. It is simply different. And herein lays another pathway to viewing directing as a unique expression of the director (as opposed to objective view of work).

10. Technology is not a solution to the directing challenge. Technology is just technology. Directing is the human factor in the directorial equation.

For more detailed article please refer to the original article by Peter D. Marshall.

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Rahul Nair loves everything about Cinema, Photography, Cinematography and likes Journalism.