Directors Don’t Direct

Published December 3rd, 2007 in Getting Trained. By Kirsten Tretbar
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My experiences both as an Actress, and as a Film Producer, have taught me that Directors don’t direct Actors.

Mind you, I am talking here about Film and TV Directors, specifically. Theatrical directors are usually very involved in directing actors, but even so, many directors, whether theatrical or film/tv, are just too busy getting everything else done on the set, that they don’t have enough time to help you, the actor, develop your character. Not only do they not have time to help you develop your character, they also have hardly any time to direct you once the camera is rolling. This means that you have to know exactly what you’re doing, even if it means hiring a professional acting coach to work with you every day so that you come to the set ready for “ACTION!”.

I have produced many independent films, and in every single case, …