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Mrs. Debra Fallin and Mrs. Courtney Alligood
Senior English
March Third, Twenty Fourteen
Artistry of the mind
Lights, Camera, Action, Film! Film has been my passion since I was a kid. I’ve always
been interested in both the production and direction of movies, and the work that goes on behind
the bright lights and the camera. I was drawn to the many stories of adventures and fantasy
worlds that were told through film. Some of the best memories from my childhood are watching
the Star Wars Saga and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. A few years ago, when I actually started
to think about what I wanted to do the rest of my life, I decided that I should do something that I
loved and looked forward to getting up every day to do. For me, that answer was directing and
producing film!
“The Director is the creative force in a films production, and acts as the crucial link
between the production, technical and creative teams.” (Creative Skillset Team, "Director") “The
Producer has control of the film from choosing the script, all the way to post editing.” (Creative
Skillset Team "Producer"). Both of these jobs fascinate me, and I was encouraged to research
them further and discover more about the duties, and roles they must play in the creation of a
A director is responsible for taking a piece of paper with words on it, and giving it life,
imagination, color, sound, feelings and a meaning. Being able to not only do these things, but
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excel and become an expert at them, is not something very many people have the ability to do.
To become a director, one must have the qualities of a leader, you are “kind of the Commander
and Chief on set” (Kicklighter). To keep the film’s actors, crew, and management on schedule,
on budget and working as a cohesive unit is not such an easy task. To really make a great
director you need to be organized, determined, willing, clever as one author said “able to make
tough decisions about the best way to tell the story with the resources that you have”
Some of the pre-production tasks handled by directors include, before filming even starts,
directors are already picking the cast - from lead actors all the way to extras. On bigger films, the
director utilizes a casting crew to pick the actors for the film. Also, directors are responsible
(along with the producer) for picking the right crew members needed for the film and the
location of the filming. During the entire film’s production, the director, is responsible for
keeping the film, actors, and its crew in top cohesive form in order to produce the best quality
film possible while also conveying your vision as director across to the viewers. Comparatively,
“Directors have to be able to determine what is valuable information and what is not valuable
information. Everybody’s got an opinion but you have to learn to discern which opinions are
valid and which ones are not” (Kicklighter). As director I must listen and hear what people are
saying and what their ideas are about how a scene or the movie as a whole should be filmed, but
that doesn’t mean I have to actually agree to what it is they’re saying. The idea that most people
have of the director being the “head honcho” of the film, who leads the production to success on
his own, is only partially correct. The Director is the leader on set, but still has to answer to one
person… the Producer.
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“Producers have overall control of every aspect of a film’s production, bringing together
and approving the selection of the whole production team.” (Creative Skillset Team "Producer")
During the making of a movie, the production undergoes four phases, each involving different
parts of the film’s crew: development, pre-production, production, post-production /marketing.
The producer is the only person who has responsibilities across all four phases, from picking the
script all the way to marketing the finished product.
During the beginning stages of development and pre-production, the producer is really
instrumental to how the film’s overall finished product will appear. The development stage is
when the producer selects the screenplay and develops the financing to start the film’s
production. During pre-production is when the producer brings aboard the very important
members of the creative team, such as the director, set designer, production designer,
cinematographer, and iconic star actors. In the latter two stages, production and post-production,
the producer is in charge of making sure the filming and creative teams are working together
without any problems, and that they are on task. Throughout the project the producer remains in
contact with all production partners and investors in case extra funding is needed. Also during
this stage, the director goes to the producer with any script changes needing acceptance and cost
reports from daily spending. The final phase, post-production, is when the producer and director
get together with the post-editing team, which includes sound and visual effects and picture
editing teams. Together these teams make sure that the finished product is of the highest quality.
Becoming a great producer requires many skills, which include being a motivator,
strategist, creative visionary and being a problem solver. Producers must also work well under
pressure, must be able to secure finance for the production, and maintain the budget based on the
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finances gained. I possess all these required skills, and that is why I think I will make a brilliant
To me, both the director and producer roles on the film set seem like a blast, and I would
love to be doing either one! This is a significant reason why I am undecided about which one I
would rather be. But apparently, I don’t have to choose between the two… I can just be both! In
some rare cases in the film industry, if someone really was in love with a screenplay for a film,
he will take on the role of a producer, director and sometimes even actor in his own movie! One
famous example of a Director/Producer/Actor is Ben Affleck! Two years ago, he directed,
produced and starred in the movie Argo, for which he won an Academy Award (Best Motion
Picture of the Year) and a Golden Globe (Best Director). Argo is a film based on a true story,
“Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a
CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S.
hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.” (IMDB Argo). This is the perfect example of what I would love
to become in this industry as it would allow me to fulfill all the roles in a film’s creation and
would give me full control of - and responsibility for - the ultimate success of the film.
Finally, while directors and producers both are leadership positions, they don’t really
conflict any, and work together on different aspects of the film to make it come together in an
understandable and enjoyable product. Film allows the viewers to escape the world for a while,
and go to a place they can’t go in real life. Even before World War II, people have been going to
movie theatres to get instant gratification from what they had just seen. They really bought into
and believed what they were watching and experienced the emotions the actors were having in
the movie, whether it be happiness, sadness or laughter! I believe film plays a very important
role in society that not all people see. And that, is definitely something that I want to be a part of.
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Works Cited

Creative Skillset Team, "Director". Web. 1/24/14
Creative Skillset Team "Producer". "Producer". Web. 1/24/14
Ferguson Publishing Company. Chicago. "Ferguson's Careers in focus. (Broadcasting)",
print. January 2001
IMDB. Argo. Web. 1/29/14
Kicklighter, James. Interview on Directing. Drew Funk. 2/13/14.
National Careers Service, "T.V. or Film Producer". "T.V. or Film Producer"Web.1/17/14

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