More than just Lights, Camera, Action!

The belief that the possession of technical skills is not important for an aspiring Director needs to be shunned, says Sudhakar Vajjha, Direction Faculty, AISFM in a conversation with Ritika Saxena.


Why is it important for a Director-in-the-making to acquire technical skills?

If you want to be a Director, the understanding of the functioning of different departments on a film is nothing less than critical. With the pace at which the film industry is on the rise today, general awareness of a Director is essential. They must be exposed to other arts, humanities, etc. When a Director is uninformed of the working of other divisions he, literally put, is at the mercy of the others. A Director primarily deals with characters. They should be observant about life and the world around them, as that’s what will eventually help them to breath life into the character.

How will the possession of these skills help?

Films are not a one-man medium. It’s all about teamwork. As a Director, you must be aware of what is happening in other departments. In proverbial terms, the Director is the captain of the ship, so, being unaware, is not an option!

According to you, what are the other skills a Director needs?

A Director should have a keen eye for almost everything. Apart from technical skills, it is imperative for a Director to also be able to catch emotions. An actor performs well under a Director who has knowledge of emotions and is able to articulate the requirements in a perfect manner. Apart from that, a Director should also have leadership skills and be a man-manager.

A Director should own an innate sense of rhythm and pace of the film, every scene and every shot. A Director needs to establish what they want the output to be, because the notion of “all can be done during the edit” is not true.



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