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Directors Tell the Story, 2nd Edition by Mary Lou Belli, Bethany Rooney

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Chapter 17

The Demands of the Job

When you are the director of a project, people are going to judge you. The buyers ask the producers, “Is the director staying on time and on budget?” By that, they mean, are you someone who knows the craft and will return their investment? The producers ask the DP, “How’s the director doing?” By that, they mean, do you know how to make the day? The makeup artist asks the actor, “How is he?” By that, the makeup artist means, do you know about character and performance and how to get it? The dolly grip asks the camera operator, “What d’ya think?” By that, the dolly grip means, do you know how to use the camera well? The writer asks the script supervisor, “Is she sticking to the script?” By that, the writer means, ...

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