"There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness."
~ Frank Capra
What Kind of Director Are You?
Film Director • Creative Director • (1st or 2nd) Assistant Director
A collection of FREE forms, templates, and questionnaires:
Ironically, Werner Herzog claims that storyboards are for cowards. Haha. Well, there are a lot of successful directors that use them, so you're free to decide for yourself. If you're in need of a quick storyboard thumbnail to sketch out your vision for your film, then please enjoy this template.
A collection of books on the art and craft of directing movies. (*These are affiliate links)
If you need a good all around book on the technical understandings of what a film director should know, then be sure to pick up these simple books from Steven D. Katz.
I really enjoyed this book and a lot of the tips and techniques taught by Judith Weston really worked! I think it's a definite must-read for any director working with actors.
Another book that may be a bit outdated, but Robert Rodriguez's story is simply inspiring. This is no excuse filmmaking. Imagine what you can do with today's tools?
This comprehensive manual has inspired tens of thousands of readers worldwide to realize their artistic vision and produce well-constructed films. Filled with practical advice on every stage of production, this is the book you will return to throughout your career.
Widely acknowledged as the “bible” of video and film production, and used in courses around the world,The Filmmaker’s Handbook is now updated with the latest advances in HD and new digital formats.
There's no shame pulling this book out when you're on set 🙂
Why does a director choose a particular script? What must they do in order to keep actors fresh and truthful through take after take of a single scene? How do you stage a shootout—involving more than one hundred extras and three colliding taxis—in the heart of New York’s diamond district? What does it take to keep the studio honchos happy? From the first rehearsal to the final screening, Making Movies is a master’s take, delivered with clarity, candor, and a wealth of anecdote.
It's been said that a movie is written three times, during the screenplay, during shooting, and lastly in the editing phase. Every director should have a good mastery of the editing process. Walter Murch's book is a must-read.
A collection of software and tools to help you, as a movie director.
Storyboard is a noun. Previsualize is a verb. In days past, filmmakers had to work from a series of rough storyboarding sketches that only let them guess at the challenges they’d face on set. Now, you can plan your exact shots and scenes with an optically accurate camera with FrameForge Previz Studio 3.
Storyboard Composer relies entirely on the use of existing photos or video so there’s no need for drawing or sketching skills. It’s easy to add arrows and boxes to identify the movement of shots, and even animate them. It could also double as a solution for creating mood or vision boards.
A collection of podcasts and podcast episodes that cover different aspects of the directing process.
A collection of videos that will help with your directing efforts.
Famed indie filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez, built his own movie studio in Austin, Texas and then started his own network channel called the El Rey Network. One of the shows he created was the "Director's Chair". Worth a watch.
The Hollywood Reporter puts together their roundtable series before every Oscar show. We're lucky enough that there are videos available for us to learn from.
Film School Comments has put together a series of videos on directors talking about directing. Here's one with Ridley Scott.
Film School Comments has put together a series of videos on directors talking about directing. Here's one with Frank Darabont.
What makes a good film director? Allow the great Morgan Freeman to answer that question.
A collection of videos highlighting Academy Award winning director, Kathryn Bigelow and her filmmaking process.
Filmmaking is a visual art form, and luckily the the YouTuber's, Every Frame a Painting, have created a collection of extensive essays on the topic.
The team over at RocketJump Film School have amassed a huge YouTube audience and transferred that to original programming for Hulu. In this video they help you know what NOT to say to actors on set.
A collection of online courses that you can take right now to help become a better director. (*Affiliate links)
WERNER HERZOG - Teaches Filmmaking
When the legendary director Werner Herzog was 19, he stole a camera and made his first movie. 70 films and 50 awards later, Werner is teaching documentary and feature filmmaking. You’ll learn storytelling, cinematography, locations, self-financing, documentary interview techniques, and how to bring your ideas to life. By the end, you’ll make uncompromising films.
- 26 hours of video lessons (including learning how to finance your film)
- 37-page workbook
- Office hours for select students
Film School $90,000 • MASTERCLASS $90
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