Directors | Filmmakers

Directors are individuals who have the responsibility of overseeing and carrying out the vision of a film. Directors are in charge of controlling a film’s aesthetics as well as dramatic aspects. They are also in control of visualizing the script and guiding both the technical crew and actors to fulfill the film’s vision. Directors can help choose cast members, the design of the production, and other creative aspects of the film. Directors can be considered the authors of a film. Directors should also help the vision of the film become realized while maintaining the film’s budget in mind.

What do directors do?

Directors have the responsibility of becoming the creative leads of the film they are working on. They carry the creative vision of the film throughout the entire process from pre-production and until the final edit. Directors also work with everyone involved in a film and are appointed by the executive producer of a film.

How do you become a film director?

There are many paths to becoming a director, but all of them require dedication and extensive knowledge. You can become a film director by studying film in college and seeking work within the industry. Often film directors start their career as an actor, assistant, or even established director.

What makes a good film director?

A good film director should be able to handle stress, be flexible, and have an open and positive attitude. They should also use time effectively, be able to assign responsibilities, and be creative. Film directors should be able to motivate and inspire others to fulfill and create the vision of their movie.

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5′7″ | 1.70 m
August 13, 1899
Alfred Hitchcock
170.000
1899.00
111000
3D
Alfred Hitchcock
5′6″ | 1.68 m
August 24, 1972
Ava DuVernay
168.000
1972.00
99000
3D
Ava DuVernay
6′0″ | 1.83 m
September 14, 1969
Bong Joon-ho
183.000
1969.00
117000
3D
Bong Joon-ho
5′4″ | 1.63 m
March 31, 1982
Chloé Zhao
163.000
1982.00
57000
3D
Chloé Zhao
5′11″ | 1.80 m
July 30, 1970
Christopher Nolan
180.000
1970.00
154000
3D
Christopher Nolan
6’4” | 1.93 m
May 31, 1930
Clint Eastwood
193.000
1930.00
758000
3D
Clint Eastwood
6′0″ | 1.83 m
August 28, 1962
David Fincher
183.000
1962.00
85000
3D
David Fincher
5′11″ | 1.80 m
January 20, 1946
David Lynch
180.000
1946.00
143000
3D
David Lynch
6′0″ | 1.83 m
April 7, 1939
Francis Ford Coppola
183.000
1939.00
72000
3D
Francis Ford Coppola
5′6″ | 1.68 m
May 14, 1944
George Lucas
168.000
1944.00
158000
3D
George Lucas
5’9” | 1.75 m
August 4, 1983
Greta Gerwig
175.000
1983.00
84000
3D
Greta Gerwig
5′10″ | 1.78 m
October 9, 1964
Guillermo del Toro
178.000
1964.00
165000
3D
Guillermo del Toro
6′0″ | 1.83 m
November 27, 1951
Kathryn Bigelow
183.000
1951.00
35000
3D
Kathryn Bigelow
5′4″ | 1.63 m
November 17, 1942
Martin Scorsese
163.000
1942.00
218000
3D
Martin Scorsese
5′5″ | 1.65 m
June 28, 1926
Mel Brooks
165.000
1926.00
217000
3D
Mel Brooks
6′0″ | 1.83 m
April 23, 1954
Michael Moore
183.000
1954.00
101000
3D
Michael Moore
6′2″ | 1.88 m
May 6, 1915
Orson Welles
188.000
1915.00
128000
3D
Orson Welles
5′10″ | 1.78 m
June 26, 1970
Paul Thomas Anderson
178.000
1970.00
72000
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Paul Thomas Anderson
6′1″ | 1.85 m
March 27, 1963
Quentin Tarantino
185.000
1963.00
470000
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Quentin Tarantino
5′9″ | 1.75 m
November 30, 1937
Ridley Scott
175.000
1937.00
82000
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Ridley Scott
5′5″ | 1.65 m
August 18, 1933
Roman Polanski
165.000
1933.00
237000
3D
Roman Polanski
5′9″ | 1.75 m
March 1, 1954
Ron Howard
175.000
1954.00
210000
3D
Ron Howard
5′4″ | 1.63 m
May 14, 1971
Sofia Coppola
163.000
1971.00
52000
3D
Sofia Coppola
5′7″ | 1.70 m
October 22, 1969
Spike Jonze
170.000
1969.00
48000
3D
Spike Jonze
Spike Lee
210000
5′6″ | 1.68 m
March 20, 1957
Spike Lee
168.000
1957.00
210000
3D
Spike Lee
5′7″ | 1.70 m
July 26, 1928
Stanley Kubrick
170.000
1928.00
144000
3D
Stanley Kubrick
5′8″ | 1.73 m
December 18, 1946
Steven Spielberg
173.000
1946.00
223000
3D
Steven Spielberg
6′0″ | 1.83 m
August 16, 1975
Taika Waititi
183.000
1975.00
331000
3D
Taika Waititi
6′0″ | 1.83 m
August 25, 1958
Tim Burton
183.000
1958.00
159000
3D
Tim Burton
6′1″ | 1.85 m
September 5, 1942
Werner Herzog
185.000
1942.00
157000
3D
Werner Herzog
6′1″ | 1.85 m
May 1, 1969
Wes Anderson
185.000
1969.00
135000
3D
Wes Anderson
5′5″ | 1.65 m
December 1, 1935
Woody Allen
165.000
1935.00
209000
3D
Woody Allen
Bong Joon-ho
Height comparison diagram of Bong Joon-ho compared to other directors

Bong Joon-ho is a South Korean filmmaker known for making films with black humor and sudden tone shifts focused on social themes. Bong Joon-ho first became known to audiences with his debut film, Barking Dogs Never Bite. Bong Joon-ho has four films all within the highest-grossing films in South Korea, including his most recent film Parasite. Parasite is the first South Korean film to have been nominated for Academy Awards and is the first film not in English to win Best Picture (Joon-ho also won for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay). Joon-ho was included on Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People in 2020.

Bong Joon-ho has a height of 6′0″ (1.83 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Bong Joon-ho with overall height
Bong Joon-ho is a South Korean filmmaker known for making films with humor and sudden tone shifts focused on social themes. Bong Joon-ho first became known to audiences with his debut film, Barking Dogs Never Bite. Bong Joon-ho has four films all within the highest-grossing films in South Korea.

Bong Joon-ho has a height of 6′0″ (1.83 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Bong Joon-ho with overall height
Bong Joon-ho
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Nationality: South Korea

Years Active: 1996–Present

Given Name
봉준호 (Bong Joon-ho)
Birthday
September 14, 1969

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Ridley Scott
Height comparison diagram of Ridley Scott compared to other directors

Ridley Scott is an English filmmaker and advertiser, who garnered success in both industries, with hit films, such as Blade Runner, and hit ads, such as the 1984 ad for Apple Macintosh. Scott got his start in filmmaking while in college studying art at the bequest of his father. After college, Scott worked for the BBC as a trainee set designer and director before breaking into advertising with his brother. Scott’s breakthrough as a filmmaker came with his creation of Alien in 1972. Ridley Scott is known to feature strong female characters, have movies that are centered on adventure, and films that are beautiful, as he sketched most of his own storyboards.

Ridley Scott has a height of 5′9″ (1.75 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Ridley Scott with overall height
Ridley Scott is an English filmmaker and advertiser, who garnered success in both industries, with hit films, such as Blade Runner, and hit ads, such as the 1984 ad for Apple Macintosh. Scott’s breakthrough as a filmmaker came with his creation of Alien in 1972.

Ridley Scott has a height of 5′9″ (1.75 m).

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Ridley Scott
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Nationality: England

Years Active: 1965–Present

Given Name
Ridley Scott
Birthday
November 30, 1937

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Spike Jonze
Size comparison drawings of Spike Jonze comparing the heights of other related directors

Spike Jonze, born Adam Spiegel, is an American filmmaker, producer, and director. Jonze first got into the realm of media as a teenager photographing BMX riders and skateboarders. His involvement in the grunge scene led him to create Dirt magazine. After his ventures in print, Jonze began collaborating with musical artists on their music videos. Jonze then began his career in film making earning his keep as a director with Her, which won him an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay. Jonze was also the producer of the Jackass, reality T.V. show and currently works as the creative director for Vice Media.

Spike Jonze has a height of 5′7″ (1.70 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Spike Jonze with height measurements
Spike Jonze, born Adam Spiegel, is an American filmmaker, producer, and director. Jonze first got into the realm of media as a teenager photographing BMX riders and skateboarders. His involvement in the grunge scene led him to create Dirt magazine.

Spike Jonze has a height of 5′7″ (1.70 m).

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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1985–Present

Given Name
Adam Spiegel
Birthday
October 22, 1969

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Paul Thomas Anderson
Size comparison drawings of Paul Thomas Anderson comparing the heights of other related directors

Paul Thomas Anderson is an American filmmaker best known for his critical and commercial success, Boogie Nights. Born in “the Valley” of Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Anderson was heavily influenced by the culture of “burnouts” and “wanna-bes” that surrounded him. He used his formative experiences to guide his filmmaking style; influencing him so much that many of his films are set in the Valley. Anderson is known for making films that explore flawed characters searching for redemption and approval while fighting against their alienation. He is also known for using lots of long, impressive, singular shots in his movies.

Paul Thomas Anderson has a height of 5′10″ (1.78 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Paul Thomas Anderson with height measurements
Paul Thomas Anderson is an American filmmaker best known for his critical and commercial success, Boogie Nights. Born in “the Valley” of Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Anderson was heavily influenced by the culture of “burnouts” and “wanna-bes” that surrounded him.

Paul Thomas Anderson has a height of 5′10″ (1.78 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Paul Thomas Anderson with height measurements
Paul Thomas Anderson
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1988–Present

Given Name
Paul Thomas Anderson
Birthday
June 26, 1970

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David Lynch
Size comparison drawings of David Lynch comparing the heights of other related directors

David Lynch is an American film and T.V. director known for making films that tend to be unrealistic, confusing portrayals of life. David Lynch was born and raised in small-town America and attended various art schools around the country. Lynch’s first film was Eraserhead, which, while very odd, gained enough of a cult following for him to break into popular filmmaking with his release of The Elephant Man. Lynch’s most successful and personal film is Blue Velvet and has garnered cult following with his bizarre T.V. show, Twin Peaks. David Lynch is best known for his unconventional and innovative filmmaking which frequently challenged the norms.

David Lynch has a height of 5′11″ (1.80 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of David Lynch with height measurements
David Lynch is an American film and T.V. director known for making films that tend to be unrealistic, confusing portrayals of life. David Lynch was born and raised in small-town America and attended various art schools around the country. Lynch’s first film was Eraserhead.

David Lynch has a height of 5′11″ (1.80 m).

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David Lynch
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1966–Present

Given Name
David Keith Lynch
Birthday
January 20, 1946

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David Lynch elevations (assorted)

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