A director is a person who determines the creative vision of a feature film, television show, play, short film, or other production. They have complete artistic control of a project.
Do During Pre-production
- Assemble a team. The first people you’ll need are a line producer, production designer, location manager, cinematographer, and assistant director.
- Create your vision for the film and communicate it to your crew. Establish a visual language for your film by creating a lookbook. Fill it with reference images to help you articulate your ideal color palette, locations, and framing. It helps to reference other films that inspire you.
- Discuss your vision with each key crew member individually. Your vision affects every department differently. For example, if you say, “I want it to feel like the character is isolated,” that affects lens choice, lighting, and music. Learn to speak the language of every department so you can successfully communicate what you need from them.
- Make casting choices. You can change many of your decisions along the way, but casting is the least flexible in terms of making last-minute changes. Before you cast an actor, it’s important that they understand the story you’re telling. They should be someone you trust to prepare the role to the best of their ability and who is willing to be flexible and collaborate with you.
Do During Production
- Guide the actors through scenes.
- Ensure every department is doing its job.