“I was directing before I knew it was called that.” -Guillermo Del Toro
“I’ve been directing & producing since I was 10 years old and putting on Christmas pageants in the living room for my parents. I’ve learned a few things along the way and am offering them as advice to anyone interested or pursuing either field. I do, however, reserve the right to change this advice at any time in future blogs.
Directing is about need: What the script needs, what the crew needs, what the audience needs.
As a director, your only job is to acknowledge all the different needs within each department and guide them toward a finished product. Sometimes all the Director of Photography needs is to feel like he has permission to try something new. There are times an actor needs the director to take his/her eyes off the monitor and simply have a conversation with them. Sometimes an editor just needs you to get out of their way.
Acknowledge the need and work to fulfill it.
Being a producer at a small production company can be categorized into three main jobs:
- Make sure people have what they need to do their jobs to the best of their ability.
- Make sure everyone knows where & when to show up.
- Make sure the cast & crew members eat, sleep, are groomed, and stay caffeinated.