In this Post I will talk about how to become a film director.
What a Director does.#
A Film director is the man who controls the movie that is being made, the Captain of the ship. He is the one responsible of the making the vision of the film. A Film Director is the man who controls the visual aspect of the film and the one who guides the cast and crew of the film.
What you need to become a Filmmaker #
First you need to create a portfolio and you can also Participate in an internship.
You need to practise by making many short films. The other problem is that in a generation where media is everywhere it is more difficult to find an industry or a company satisfied in your own work.
You need to watch many films as possible. It deliberately becomes an obsession job where you are constantly working. You need to write , shoot and direct films as much as you can.
Then of course there is always the money issue.
But film director’s have to make crucial decisions, they have to select the right cast, crew and the locations of the film. Once in production they have to rehearse and perform with the actors.
The Lowdown’s about being a filmmaker is that it’s a tough gig to pull off because you have to carry out multiple tasks such as editing , script editing , shot composition etc. But that should also be exciting.
The Highlights of being a filmmaker is that you have to have an exceptional visual eye and creativity, you cannot be narrow minded. You must have super commitment and being persuasive. you will be working extremely long hours and constantly pay attention to detail. you also have to be arrogant and super confident whilst handling pressure and being extremely calm.
Qualification for a film director#
There are numerous training courses and reference books on studying the art and craft of film directing. You will also find that writing screenplays and directing short films is a good starting place.
Where to start #
You can start your career as a director by becoming a Runner on a film set or a production office before working your way up to a higher position.
Third Director #
The role of a third director or an Assistant director is the person responsible of keeping a tracking progress. The assistant to the director is the man who manages all of the director’s development and pre production while on set.
For this you need an excellent organisational and time managing skills and have extreme common sense and initiative. You need to relate socialise to a wide range of people even if the person is unlikable. Like the main filmmaker you need to handle immense pressure. And to have a clear knowledge of the Health and Safety procedure factor.
On a qualification note you should take regular health and safety courses and you must a full driving license.
Auteur’s Theory #
An Filmmaking auteur’s theory is a theory of the director being the major force in a huge motion picture. It was arguably created back in the 1940’s France. It was a foundation stone of the French cinematic movement.
The auteur theory, which was obtained largely from Astruc’s clarification of the concept of Camera stylo (“camera-pen”), holds that the director, who oversees all audio and visual elements of the motion picture, is more to be considered the “author” of the movie than is the writer of the screenplay.
In Criticism an auteur’s theory is a film director who beholds his own personal creation.
An Example of how an artist became a great Filmmaker #
Michael Mann has made 11 films in his career.
he is known for his unique eye for visual style , Smooth pop scores, Criminals as heroes, Cops and robbers, crime dramas such Miami Vice.
Michael Mann started working in cinema by moving to London in the 60’s where he received a graduate degree at the London film school. he worked a couple of years in the U.K. by going to film school and eventually started to make TV commercials alongside Ridley Scott, Alan parker and Adrian Lyne who also became great filmmakers. Mann returned to the united states and made a TV documentary entitled 17 days down the line.
Michael Mann then was offered by one of the creators of Hawaii five o Robert Lewin to write screenplays for television. Michael Mann wrote four episodes of Starsky and Hutch including the pilot.
Michael Mann was offered then to direct his first feature for TV entitled The Jericho Mile back in 1979. it won several awards including best director at the DGA awards. when the 80’s came by it was the time when Michael Mann was beginning to make his name. he became one of the creators of a TV show called Miami vice and then in 1981 Michael Mann made his first cinematic feature entitled Thief starring James Caan.
from there on end Michael Mann made these list of movies
The Keep (1983)
Manhunter ( 1986)
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
The Insider (1999)
Miami Vice (2006)
Public Enemies (2009)
All these films gained critical praise and Michael Mann I currently working in the cinematic medium today.
One more note on becoming a filmmaker#
Observing successful Directors at work, whilst immersing yourself in the practical process of filmmaking is a vital first step on this fiercely competitive and highly challenging career path.
When being an assistant director it is vital to observe successful Directors at work, whilst immersing yourself in the skillfull and practical process of filmmaking. It is a vital step and deeply competitive factor especially in this day and age.
This post was my most psychologically difficult blog because I had to respect authority over something that I wanted to talk personally about especially when it comes to my personal passion.