Managerial Responsibilities Of The Director

Milos Forman told his directing class at Columbia that the director had to inhabit two chairs: one for the artistic/creative side, the other for the managerial/logistical side. The trick to being a good director, he said, is to develop an ass big enough to sit in both chairs at the same time.

The elements of preproduction and production that must occupy the director from the second chair begin months before shooting. As from the creative chair, the director's motto from the managerial chair is "preparation." For if the locations have not been cleared, and the transportation has not been arranged, and the hundreds of details to be dealt with and anticipated — thousands on a feature film — have not been handled satisfactorily, they can intrude on, even destroy, the work the director has done up until now.

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