By: Nazia Adnin
Each and every person in film industry aspires to direct their own movie at least once in lifetime. If you are a new comer in the industry and want to be a director, just keep it in mind that it is not an easy path rather takes life time devotion, dedication and sacrifices towards the art form. I had this reality check few years back when I started going to film school. Besides hands on experience I figured out my own ways learning to be a better film maker. I try to follow these methods every day and hope my readers will do the same.
1) Watch Movies:
If you want to be a director, you have to watch movies. A lot of movies! Regardless genre, language, box office ratings –you just have to watch movies because it is a great way to study this art form. Following few techniques of watching movies will help you a lot to learn in terms of every camera setup-including angles, shot sizes, and movements. Sometimes you can mute the audio just watch the video. Similarly, you can watch a movie with the picture off, or with your eyes closed so that you see how stories are told auditory.
But your parents might say,“you spend too much time in watching movies”! “Leave me alone, I am studying ”
2) Read Screen Plays:
3) Learn language of acting :
You don’t have to know all of them in-depth. You just need to know that each actor has their own method, which is why it may be hard for a first-time director to communicate with them unless the director is familiar with these methods.
4) Learn to connect with people:
I believe a film maker has to be a public person with great communication skills and good heart. Obviously, I didn’t mean to be a public figure. A film maker should be able to connect with people, interact with people. Film makers have the minds to bring the extraordinary from ordinary story or everyday life. Therefore, as a film maker you cannot be an arrogant person resulting people will not open up to you. And when you are on set you’re the captain of the ship, the leader of the crew. Do respect each and every person on set and be nice with them. I had opportunities of working with great directors in past who are my mentors now. Be that person to emerging directors other than being an arrogant asshole!
5) Study hard and be the nerd:
Read a script, read a book or two on art, photography, history, mess with your gears if you have any, interact with like-minded people, write your own blogs, do research , go to library –There are so many things to do to acquire knowledge in film making since the art form in evolving every day.
There is no short cut to be a successful director.