October 18, 2005

Two Rules To Being A Great Film Director

I once quoted Yasmin Ahmad quoting a Thai director about what it takes to be a great director, where the answer was script and casting.

Turns out that the director George Roy Hill (Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid) said the exact same thing more than twenty years ago. (Taken from William Goldman's Adventures In The Screen Trade.)

The principle job of a director is to first get his script and get it right and get it playable and get it almost foolproof. Then his job is to cast it as perfectly as he can. If he does those two things, he can phone in the direction, because it doesn't make any difference, his work is eighty percent done.

I have a feeling he wasn't the first to have said it.

Script and casting.

Script and casting.

Script and casting.

Script and casting …

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  1. I like this blog. I'm very interested in film too and have script writing aspirations.

    How is your script writing going?

    18 Oct 2005, 21:58

  2. Thank you. And by the way, you're the first to have said that.

    The script? Well, if you read the previous posts you'll know where it's at … which isn't very good. What kind of scripts do you like to write? I could sure use some help. I did put up some posters advertising the project – mostly so that I can bag a producer and a writer … well I found a producer but everyone else is contend to just give ideas … which isn't bad, but so far no one has really given me anything. Can't blame them – the script is challenging.


    18 Oct 2005, 22:31

  3. Errr, I haven't ever written a script..it's just something I feel I would like to do!

    I think I would be interested in helping out…not sure what I could do though. I'm a bit of a novice.

    Are you in the WSC society?

    19 Oct 2005, 19:35

  4. I used to be the Films & Admin Officer for the WSC - that was a year ago. Basically that means I decide on the films for the termly schedule.

    I'll tell you something – I've never written a screenplay before this. And if you haven't written anything before, I'm not seriously going to ask you to write one – after reading all these books from Hollywood screenwriters, I know now what I didn't know before: it is impossible to write a decent script in a couple of weeks.

    Silly me for believing it was possible all this while.

    Well, the story I'm writing, which you'll know if you go waaaay back through the posts, is basically about a uni student who wakes up one day and finds that he has inherited a completely different body and identity – and how he deals with it.

    Basically I'm stuck, and really what I'm looking for are fresh perspectives. If you're still interested, we can meet up some time and I'll let you know more.

    19 Oct 2005, 20:21

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