Film Director as Story Teller

by Peter D. Marshall

There are many facets of a Director’s prep on any film or TV show – from location scouts and creative meetings to casting and scheduling. But the first, and most important part of your job, is to understand the script – what the story is about; the themes; the story points; the characters.

A director is a story-teller, and to be a good story-teller, you need to understand every detail about the story you are telling. There’s an old expression that says if it doesn’t work in the script, it won’t work on the set – and boy is that true!

Understanding the story requires a lot of work on your part because you need to take the script apart scene by scene to find out what it is about, what works and what doesn’t.

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Want to Learn More Film and Television Directing Tips and Techniques? Check out Peter D. Marshall’s 2008 multi-media reference guide for filmmakers, The Art and Craft of the Director 10-Day Audio Seminar – a 162 page eBook packed full of insider film directing tips and tools supported by over 500 film making reference links, 26 mp3 audio files, 28 video links and 23 pdf special reports all designed to help you become a successful, working film and television director.

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