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Monday, November 28, 2005


Directing a film takes nerves of steel. If you don't have nerves of steel you better learn to fake it. You are the captain of the ship and one thing a crew cannot get behind is a wishy-washy captain. Mutiny is just around the corner for the ill-prepared director so be the ultimate expert on the film you are about to make. This is by no means bullshit. Here are some hands-on golden rules from director Atom Egoyan on how to make the gig work for you.


Anonymous Amy said...

I saw these rules when I got my latest Moviemaker issue, and thought, "Right on, man!" As a film director, my favorite survival skill is the ability to show nerves of steel on the set, and then wait to have any necessary emotional or mental breakdowns at home, off set, when the cast and crew are long gone. "Fake it till you make it" will sometimes work on those days when the steel just ain't there.

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Blogger William said...

You're always going to have trying days on a set. You are the person that has to answer 700 questions and you have to have those answers. I think it's important to clarify, fake the confidence but don't fake your commitment and understanding of your own project. That can be dangerous and a career killer.

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Blogger Robert Hogan said...

Nicely said. You actually beat me to posting something very similar to this.


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