What is your definition of 'film directing'?I have heard there is no textbook definition, but I would like to know what comes to mind, a definition that is specific instead of "One who directs the...
What is your definition of 'film directing'?
I have heard there is no textbook definition, but I would like to know what comes to mind, a definition that is specific instead of "One who directs the making of a film".
When I think of film directing, the first thing that comes to mind is a football coach. To be a good coach, a person has to know the sport inside out. Most likely he participated in it, knows the plays, and has learned to know the competition. He can see the whole picture.
To be a successful film director, a person is probably a seasoned actor or actress first. Therefore, they know what level of performance is required and expect it from their cast. In fact, they have to screen several candidates for each part and choose wisely to get the right match. Since an actor or actress literally learns to "live" their part, it's probably the single most important factor to a movie's success that the right person get chosen for the right part.
Film directors know choreography, the art of matching dialog or movement with background music and set-up. They have to bring everybody together and coordinate their actions in a seamless, flawless fashion. They have to look at the end product in the same light as the movie audience will, so they strive diligently to make the movie look as real and believable as possible. So, they do a lot of research into the time period depicted to make sure the dress, mannerisms, and dialog are a fit.
If the film director is also the film's producer, he also has the responsibility of funding the production, choosing set locations, and determining the timeframe for the movie's release. This sometimes involves international protocol and legal issues.
These are just a few of the things a good film director has to know and do.