What does a Director do on the Action On The Side project?

The Director is the head visionary for the film.
The cast and crew work to meet their creative vision for the film.

The Director works with each Head of Department (HOD) to ensure their vision is made.

– The Director works with the Producer to ensure the film is completed and meets the Producer’s requirements.
– The Director works with the Writer to develop the script.
– The Director works with the Director of Photography and Art Director to develop the visuals for the film.
– The Director works with the Director of Photography and First Assistant Director to plan the shots and make sure the story is told visually.
– The Director works with the Art Director, Cast, and MUA to approve the costume, hair, and make-up.
– The Director works with the Editor to produce the final cut of the film.
– The Director works with the Sound Designer, Composer, Colourist, and Titles Designer to make sure their requirements are met in Postproduction.

Most importantly, the Director’s job on set is to work with the actors

The Director needs to have a clear understanding of the story’s structure, the characters and their arcs. They need to work with the actors to develop the characters and to reach the best performance. Working with Actors is a key skill that requires some training. Clear communication and a clear vision are important. The Director rehearse with the actors in advance of the shoot and on set. They give feedback to the actors after every take to direct their performance.

All of the technical decisions should be approved during preproduction so the Director can focus on the Actors on set. Any technical decisions on set need to go through the First Assistant Director.

Directors must provide the finished film to the Executive Producer 24 hours before the screening.

The Director is one of the most important roles in the project. The Director must be available not just on weekends, but for almost the entire month. Selection is through a process called Pitch To Direct.

Please note that taking part in the project does not guarantee that you will be able to direct.
Directors are subject to group selection.

Pitch To Direct

On Preproduction Day Two, any participant can Pitch To Direct the shortlisted film(s).

You have up to 10 minutes to tell the group how you would direct the film. You may like to discuss:

– Your vision for the film. How you would tell the story visually.
– How you would work with the actors.
– How you would use sound design, music, colour, lighting, editing to help tell the story.

You may like to bring in a mood board, reference images (art, other films), storyboards, concept art.

Can I direct a film I wrote?

If you wrote and pitched a script and it was selected, yes, you can Pitch To Direct. Please note this does not guarantee selection. Please discuss with the Executive Producer if you have queries.

Can I shoot or edit my own film?

One of the key skills a director has is to collaborate with other artists, such as working with a Director of Photography, working with a Writer, and working with an Editor. It is valuable to collaborate with other filmmakers. For that reason, we recommend that you do not shoot or edit your own film.

That said, we allocate roles based on our participants’ skillsets. Sometimes Directors have edited their own films. It depends on who takes part in the project.

Can I make changes to the film after the screening?

Yes, you are able to make further changes to the film.