Friday, April 10, 2015


  1. Clear Direction
  2. Don't Always Stick to the Script
  3. Study Other Styles to Learn Yours
  4. Take Your Time and Be Efficient
  5. Find a Clear Way to Communicate Your Goal
  6. Friends Can Make Your Life Easier
  7. Viewfinders Are Super Helpful On Set
  8. Spend Your Time Wisely
  9. Avoid Fights On Set
  10. Stay Hydrated
  11. Don't Worry About Gear
  12. Respect and Take Care of Your Team
  13. Actors Need Motivations, Not Just Marks
  14. Respect Your Actor's Process
  15. Get It Done and Move On
One of the main issues I've seen working on sets with amateur directors is one that the video seems to address over and over again: take care of your team. Be the big brother. Be the mama bear. This means making sure they're happy, fed, and getting along. You could be the most creative, groundbreaking, super duper Oscar-worthy director in the history of the universe, but if you don't know how to be a leader and rally your team to work together and be creative and be excited about the work they're doing on-set, it'll show in your film -- and it's not pretty. (I promise.) Tension shows up on-screen, believe it or not, so it's imperative to not only express your creative vision for your project, but to express your respect and appreciation to your cast and crew. (Get lovey dovey -- it's good for you.)