A Director in the Field
There are a lot of responsibilities that comes with the title “Director”. Ryan Connolly in the above video definitely exhibits some key traits that I believe should be in a good director. He just seems like a happy go lucky guy who has fun doing what he does and make it fun for everyone else around him. So he has got the fun and loving factor going for him. There is also the fact that he knows all the ins a outs of a good production.
So today I’d like to talk about some responsibilities of a director who is shooting out in the field like Connolly did with his film Proximity. First off you need to be the guy that finds the location and has everything for the set. This would include props, costumes, set displays and so on. You are trying to capture a certain feel for the film so you want these things to be perfect. Every director has a vision in their head and sometimes is can be difficult to obtain the image you have in mind.
Another key thing is having to block out or plan all the shots ahead of time. When in the field you are going to want to go through some shots with talent and make sure they know what it going on. Because it is also the directors responsibility to manage the talent and keep morale high. If the actors are happy with throwing themselves around for you then I’d imagine you will be all set. If they are happy you will be happy and it will make for a better shot. So do some goofy things and maybe even compromise with them so that they might be more willing to do a certain thing you ask of them.
Whenever I am filming outdoors I always feel like I am fighting the sunlight. If there is a shot I want to capture around sunset but want multiple angles then I would be fighting the sun as it is setting which may mess with the continuity of future shots. This is when you have to plan to shoot for multiple days to completely the project. I find that filming should be a slow process. The more rushed you are then the production value of the project will most like plummet. So be a little create and improvise. Use reflectors and the sun to your advantage to capture the shots you want.
So these are just a few responsibilities that the director has to deal with. There are plenty more. I may not be an expert but I love to hear any questions or comments. I love talking about this stuff and figuring out new and exciting ways to shoot and direct.