How to direct your movie:
"With great power comes great
responsibility", Spiderman 1
That's true. When you take on the task of
directing don't think that you will just be
in control. If anything goes wrong, you have
to take all the blame.
Read the script many times, then go scene by
scene. Read a scene, close your eyes and
visualize it. Now think. In order to get the
result you just dreamed:
Where should the camera be?
Where should the actors be?
What effects will be used?
How many takes will it need?
...and whatever comes in your head then
Now write those things down. Calculate the
time it should take, things you should have
ready and things you should buy. Never leave
anything for the day of the shooting.
An essential thing to do is
plan everything from the beginning. Don't
just call your friends and say come to my
house to shoot a movie. You should schedule
when you shoot, when you take a break and
everything to the tiniest detail or else you
will end up with most of the footage badly
your actors and as the director, convince
them that they have to be serious and stop
them from doing stupid things if they are
not in the current scene you're filming. For
example, I was filming a major scene for one
of our films and my little brother started
playing with the gun replicas we use and
screamed: "Die Nazis, die".
Let's now go at the time of the shooting.
Everybody should be there on time. If
someone is going to be late, don't panic and
be creative, change the order of the shots
so you do shots he is not in until he comes.
"Scene 5, Take 1, Action"... Whoa, hold on.
Nobody knows what he is doing.
No.1 Gather the actors that are in the scene
and review the script with them. Explain
exactly how should everything be said.
No.2 Tell them to rehearse it. As they say
their parts, interrupt them when you see or
hear something you don't like.
No.3 When you are finished correcting them,
take the camera in your hands and tell them
to do it again. As they are talking zoom in
and out, try different angles and see how
they look on camera.
No. 4 Explain to the camera-man the way you
want him to shoot
No.5 "Scene 5, Take 1, Action".
Actors always have ideas. As I was
explaining once her part, my friend #### had
an idea. We sat down and she told me that
she thought it would be better to shoot the
two actors conversation from the top of
their heads. I tried explaining that we
couldn't highlight emotions that way and one
angle is not nice, but she insisted. I had
the video already in my head and I wouldn't
change it for anything. So I told her
politely no, because if she got angry, she
would ruin it all. Your actors always think
they know better, but remember YOU do the
thinking, THEY do the acting. Listen to them
and if you like their idea keep it, if you
don't say no, a polite but solid no.
Remember everything should be done under
your supervision. Acting, filming, editing,
everything. Never, ever, trust anyone else
to do what you do. Even if you describe
something to the tiniest detail, it just
won't be yours.
Keep on dreaming,