When you think of being a director, you may picture yourself in a canvas-backed chair, issuing instructions to a competent cast and crew. You may imagine yourself standing on a large stage in front of thousands of people, accepting an extravagant award. You may visualize yourself at the height of glory.
But right now? Right now, you are just a student with a passion for film. So how do you make your dreams a reality? How do you become the director you want to be?
Well, perfecting the five skills below is a great place to start. And you don’t need any high-tech gear or equipment to make it happen. Let’s take a look!
To become a brilliant director, you must learn to harness your creativity in a productive way. You must master your imagination to tell unique and original stories. If you don’t, you’ll end up with film projects that fall flat, due to a lack of distinction.
It is often less important that you make the right decision (a right decision doesn’t always exist) and more important that you decide and move forward. If you lack decisiveness, you may end up costing your cast and crew time, effort, and resources.
If you can learn to keep an open mind, you can turn the inventive ideas of your cast and crew members into brilliantly executed aspects of your final cut.
You may think that being a director is all about interpreting a script and telling a story, but that’s only part of it. Directing is also about effectively managing your team to produce the best final product. Along with the skills we’ve already discussed, you need to be a king (or queen) of organization to make that happen.
As a director, you will need to know what cast members need to be where and when. You will need to know which crew members are performing what duties. And you will need to have a plan for each and every scene you shoot. To stay on top of it all, you will need to find a way to get organized and stay that way.
If you perfect the skills listed above, you’ll be on your way to becoming the kind of director you want to be. In the meantime, why not see if you’re a match for our directing program? You can click below to take our degree emphases quiz. After answering a few short questions, you’ll be paired with one of our eight film emphases based on your personality and interests.