Speaking of direction, the director is the artistic visionary on set and will usually have the final say when discussing options with an actor. The casting director might be considered the director’s litmus test. (Aha! And you thought that high school science was never going to come into play for you as the actor/model!) The CD may pass along information to the director on how you responded to their direction in the casting room, for example.
The director usually works in stride with the producer when making decisions, which can cause a blur in the lines of responsibility between him/herself and the producer. The director will frequently communicate with the CD through the casting process, as well.
The director controls the film’s artistic and dramatic aspects by guiding the crew (camera operators, assistants, wardrobe, actors, etc.) in order to capture the final product. They are the storytellers, who use camera angles, lighting, lens effects, and set design to depict a story to the audience. The use of storyboards and rehearsals are usually decided on by the director, who may or may not appreciate insight from crew members or actors while on set. Directors have their hands in the project from start to finish, from rehearsals on set through to editing and music.
What directors do you like and why? Don’t know them by name? You should! Use IMDB to look up your favorite films and get to know the creative mind behind what you love!