I've been thinking a lot lately about a director's role. Do I fit into the job description, am I the right person to be a leader? What is the biggest Mistake a director can make? After looking at the behind the scenes of the HORRIBLE film, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace's, I think I have an answer.
A Director's Biggest Mistake
Well what is it Gabe??? Let me share a quick video with you and see if you can catch it...
Well, did you catch it?
Let me share my observation with you anyways. The greatest mistake a director can make is lack of communication and most importantly, lack of confidence.
Lack of Communication
When watching the video I noticed how much the crew was just star struck at being on one of Lucas' projects to even question him. You can see from the very beginning how little they gave input. It was almost a if they knew how stupid the movie was but were too afraid to express their feeling before Lucas could utterly screw it up.
I cannot express how important it is to have a great stream of communication with your teammates. It fuels the collaboration which ultimately is what makes a project a masterpiece.
"I May have Gone too far on Somethings."
The other thing I noticed is George Lucas' complete lack of confidence. The video above reeks of anxiety and discomfort. Everyone looks on edge, especially the Director George Lucas.
The directors role is to keep everyone on target and pumped about what they're making. But Lucas did the complete opposite. He's constantly mentioning how easy it is to screw it up and mentioning that it's important to not go too far.
But in the end, he definitely went too far.
I have to admit that I have made the same mistakes. My first film was is a very touchy subject for me. I had a lot of pressure on me and was a little shy at the time. I didn't really know what made a director, and to be honest I was just totally uncomfortable. I didn't know if I should ask certain question, or if I was going too far... But there it is again!!!
A director is a man of confidence. He is the leader, the sight on a gun. What I have learned while reviewing myself as director is my sheer lack of confidence. I was uncomfortable calling action, and wasn't really good at using descriptive words to help my actors.
But that's all apart of the learning experience. My goal with this post is to help others not make the same mistakes as me, or you could have your own Jar Jar.
I am still proud of what I did with Writer's Block, but I still feel I could've done way better. Now that I've been on other sets and have learned more lingo, and set etiquette, I am definitely more confident and ready to communicate.
Every director has a chance of failing, but that's not why you make movies, you make movies to succeed. You have to make sure you hold the confidence to do that. It's a tricky industry, one that's hard to wrap your head around....
Unless of course, you are Christopher Nolan.
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