A film’s director is involved in every stage of its project. If you decide to be a film director, it requires the ability to visualize the way a script will be acted out and must have patience and self discipline to see a long-term project through to the end.
A director works with the producer and the screenwriters to determine the best way to visually present the project. A director should have good recommendations of cinematographers and set designers that will best be good for the project. Some like to take full control of the film’s visual. Some may allow for the cinematographers to have free range.
The director works with the actors on interpreting their role. He/She will explain what they are looking for in a specific character. The director also decides when a scene has been filmed enough times and of course calls all the (literal) shots behind the camera.
In post-production stage, a director usually helps the editor put together the best movie possible from the footage and camera angles .He or she also sits with the film’s music director to work out what music will be played in the background and to help explain the themes that should be suggested by the musical score.
You do not need a degree to be a director. But it may help to learn some technical techniques that many other directors have learn throughout time. I suggest volunteering any free time you have to other projects. Not only will you get experience but gain great networking when it is time to put together your film. Film schools allow you for you to work on your project with other students without depending on finding someone on the outside if you do not have your own film industry connections.
Here at Mickira Productions we have workers with degrees and not. We believe in creativity to tell a good story. We have all put in a great deal of volunteer and paid work.
Please let us know some of your favorite film directors.