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Picture Yourself Directing a Movie by Eric Nicholas

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Chapter 9. Directing Your Cast and Crew

Directing Your Cast and Crew

I’M NOT GOING TO LIE TO YOU. Directing a movie, regardless of its size, is an extremely stressful experience, even under the best of circumstances. Not to say there aren’t moments of great excitement and gratification, but for the most part you will be pulled in one hundred different directions every day, juggling both your actors’ and crew’s needs while getting little if any sleep. It becomes the ultimate endurance test.

Consider, for example, shooting a simple take of two actors having a conversation. As you’re intensely studying the actors’ performances, you suddenly hear a noisy garbage truck outside. You’re ...

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