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
3D
Paul Thomas Anderson
6′1″ | 1.85 m
March 27, 1963
Quentin Tarantino
185.000
1963.00
470000
3D
Quentin Tarantino
5′9″ | 1.75 m
November 30, 1937
Ridley Scott
175.000
1937.00
82000
3D
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
Tom Ford
161000
6’0” | 1.83 m
August 27, 1961
Tom Ford
183.000
1961.00
161000
3D
Tom Ford
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
Quentin Tarantino
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Quentin Tarantino, an Italian-American screenwriter, director, producer, and actor, is a household name with legendary films known to have romanticized scenes of violence, extensive dialogue, multi-person casts, and disrupted narratives. Quentin Tarantino was first propelled to the level of legends with his breakout hit Reservoir Dogs in 1992, which was released to critical acclaim at the Sundance film festival.

Since his first hit, Quentin Tarantino has delivered many more successes, such as, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill series, and Django Unchained, among many others. However, Quentin Tarantino has not been unscathed by controversies having been involved with Harvey Weinstein, using racial slurs in his movies, and being accused of being insensitive to gun violence.

Quentin Tarantino has a height of 6′1″ (1.85 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Quentin Tarantino labeled with overall height
Quentin Tarantino, an Italian-American screenwriter, director, producer, and actor, is a household name with legendary films known to have romanticized scenes of violence, extensive dialogue, multi-person casts, and disrupted narratives. Quentin Tarantino first found success with Reservoir Dogs.

Quentin Tarantino has a height of 6′1″ (1.85 m).

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Quentin Tarantino
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1987–Present

Given Name
Quentin Jerome Tarantino
Birthday
March 27, 1963

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Tim Burton
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Tim Burton is an American filmmaker known for directing quirky, occasionally dark films, such as Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Largely successful as a director, Tim Burton made a name for himself through his first gig after college as an animator at Disney, where he worked on The Fox and the Hound. As a child, Tim Burton mostly kept to himself and this experience as a reclusive child is showcased through his films which frequently star a misunderstood outcast. Tim Burton also directed the first two Batman movies and produced the animated movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Tim Burton has a height of 6′0″ (1.83 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Tim Burton labeled with overall height
Tim Burton is an American filmmaker known for directing quirky, occasionally dark films, such as Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Largely successful as a director, Tim Burton made a name for himself through his first gig after college as an animator at Disney.

Tim Burton has a height of 6′0″ (1.83 m).

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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1971–Present

Given Name
Timothy Walter Burton
Birthday
August 25, 1958

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Sofia Coppola
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Sofia Coppola is an American female filmmaker known for her directorial debut hit, The Virgin Suicides. Coppola was born in New York to well-known filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Sofia Coppola acted in a few of her dad’s movies before breaking into filmmaking herself. Coppola also garnered critical success with her comedy, Lost in Translation, which earned her the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and nomination for Best Director, the third woman ever to be nominated for that award. Continuing to shatter the glass ceiling, Coppola was the first American woman to win the Golden Lion for her drama, Somewhere, at the Venice Film Festival.

Sofia Coppola has a height of 5′4″ (1.63 m).

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Sofia Coppola is an American female filmmaker known for her directorial debut hit, The Virgin Suicides. Coppola was born in New York to well-known filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Sofia Coppola acted in a few of her dad’s movies before breaking into filmmaking herself.

Sofia Coppola has a height of 5′4″ (1.63 m).

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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1971–Present

Given Name
Sofia Carmina Coppola
Birthday
May 14, 1971

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Taika Waititi
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Taika Waititi is a New Zealand director, producer, screenwriter, actor, as well as comedian, who is known for his films, Boy (2010) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016). His film, Jojo Rabbit received 6 Academy Award nominations and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. Taika Waititi has also acted for various roles and films including, Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows, and The Suicide Squad. Taika Waititi’s work extends past films as he has also been involved in music videos and commercials. Taika Waititi has collaborated with others within the industry including Stu Rutherford, Rachel House, Sam Neill, and Tessa Thompson.

Taika Waititi has a height of 6′0″ (1.83 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Taika Waititi with overall height
Taika Waititi is a New Zealand director, producer, screenwriter, actor, as well as comedian, who is known for his films, Boy (2010) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016). His film, Jojo Rabbit received 6 Academy Award nominations and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. Taika Waititi also acts.

Taika Waititi has a height of 6′0″ (1.83 m).

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Nationality: New Zealand

Years Active: 1999–Present

Given Name
Taika David Cohen
Birthday
August 16, 1975

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Francis Ford Coppola
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Francis Ford Coppola is an American filmmaker, who was essential to the New Hollywood movement in the 1960s and 1970s with hits, such as, The Godfather. Coppola was born in Michigan, but was raised in New York City by his very creative and Italian family. Coppola established the independent film production company, American Zoetrope, with fellow filmmaker, George Lucas. Between the success of his films, Francis Ford Coppola has earned five Academy Awards and six Golden Globes. Francis Ford Coppola’s collection of films include, the entire Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, and The Conversation. Many of Coppola’s family members have gone on to become famous themselves, like his nephew Nicholas Cage, and Coppola has now returned to Napa where he owns and operates his own winery.

Francis Ford Coppola has a height of 6′0″ (1.83 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Francis Ford Coppola labeled with overall height
Francis Ford Coppola is an American filmmaker, who was essential to the New Hollywood movement in the 1960s and 1970s with hits, such as, The Godfather. Coppola was born in Michigan, but was raised in New York City by his very creative and Italian family.

Francis Ford Coppola has a height of 6′0″ (1.83 m).

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Francis Ford Coppola
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1962–Present

Given Name
Francis Ford Coppola
Birthday
April 7, 1939

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