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CS4 Blog 10 – Production (part 2): Mme Director

A director’s work is never done. I was very happy with my second role in the second production right where I belong – behind the camera. I chose to direct the second film and ended up learning so much with this production. My eyes were opened to a lot of things like how very specific you have to be with actors when you want a specific thing done in a scene.

You can’t just say “I need you to look scared.” You need to say “You need to look like the loan shark you borrowed last month’s light bill from is looking for you and you can’t pay it back and now they’re threatening to kill your family.” Then say “HOLD IT!” when you get the reaction you are looking for.

I also learned that complimenting your actors goes a long way when they give you what you want. When you have a long day of shooting in the hot sun, a simple “well done” goes a long way with actors and they feel more confident about the next scene.

Also as the director you need to know exactly what you want and have a clear vision in mind of what you want the final product to look like. If your vision is skewed you won’t know what to tell everyone else on set.  And your film will just end up not being what you wanted in the first place and that’s never good.

Writing is definitely my first love but directing is a close second. 

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