Things I Learned Today About Film Directing
If this seems humblebraggy, I apologize. I have crewed on many film sets before, but today was my first experience as a director, on a small passion project of my own devising. It was a great experience. Here were my takeaways.
- •Directing is hard
- •Directing is fun
- •There are no auteurs on a film set; it is a true collaboration
- •Planning is key
- •However, planning for every eventuality is impossible
- •Often, the best takes are things you never planned for anyway
- •Unlike many jobs on a film set, the director is busy the entire time
- •Directing is exhausting
- •Directors have to answer lots of questions
- •Always remember to say "roll camera" BEFORE you say "action"
- •If the camera crew is laughing, then you are probably doing something right