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
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Alfred Hitchcock
5′6″ | 1.68 m
August 24, 1972
Ava DuVernay
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Ava DuVernay
6′0″ | 1.83 m
September 14, 1969
Bong Joon-ho
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Bong Joon-ho
5′4″ | 1.63 m
March 31, 1982
Chloé Zhao
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Chloé Zhao
5′11″ | 1.80 m
July 30, 1970
Christopher Nolan
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Christopher Nolan
6’4” | 1.93 m
May 31, 1930
Clint Eastwood
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Clint Eastwood
6′0″ | 1.83 m
August 28, 1962
David Fincher
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David Fincher
5′11″ | 1.80 m
January 20, 1946
David Lynch
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David Lynch
6′0″ | 1.83 m
April 7, 1939
Francis Ford Coppola
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Francis Ford Coppola
5′6″ | 1.68 m
May 14, 1944
George Lucas
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George Lucas
5’9” | 1.75 m
August 4, 1983
Greta Gerwig
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Greta Gerwig
5′10″ | 1.78 m
October 9, 1964
Guillermo del Toro
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Guillermo del Toro
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November 27, 1951
Kathryn Bigelow
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Kathryn Bigelow
5′4″ | 1.63 m
November 17, 1942
Martin Scorsese
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Martin Scorsese
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June 28, 1926
Mel Brooks
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Mel Brooks
6′0″ | 1.83 m
April 23, 1954
Michael Moore
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Michael Moore
6′2″ | 1.88 m
May 6, 1915
Orson Welles
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Orson Welles
5′10″ | 1.78 m
June 26, 1970
Paul Thomas Anderson
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Paul Thomas Anderson
6′1″ | 1.85 m
March 27, 1963
Quentin Tarantino
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Quentin Tarantino
5′9″ | 1.75 m
November 30, 1937
Ridley Scott
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Ridley Scott
5′5″ | 1.65 m
August 18, 1933
Roman Polanski
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Roman Polanski
5′9″ | 1.75 m
March 1, 1954
Ron Howard
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Ron Howard
5′4″ | 1.63 m
May 14, 1971
Sofia Coppola
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Sofia Coppola
5′7″ | 1.70 m
October 22, 1969
Spike Jonze
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Spike Jonze
Spike Lee
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5′6″ | 1.68 m
March 20, 1957
Spike Lee
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Spike Lee
5′7″ | 1.70 m
July 26, 1928
Stanley Kubrick
170.000
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Stanley Kubrick
5′8″ | 1.73 m
December 18, 1946
Steven Spielberg
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Steven Spielberg
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August 16, 1975
Taika Waititi
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Taika Waititi
6′0″ | 1.83 m
August 25, 1958
Tim Burton
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Tim Burton
6′1″ | 1.85 m
September 5, 1942
Werner Herzog
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Werner Herzog
6′1″ | 1.85 m
May 1, 1969
Wes Anderson
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Wes Anderson
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December 1, 1935
Woody Allen
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Woody Allen
Alfred Hitchcock
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Alfred Hitchcock was an English filmmaker known for making suspenseful, yet aesthetic films. Due to his notoriety for making such suspenseful masterpieces, the term “Hitchcockian,” to describe a suspense thriller was coined after him. Alfred Hitchcock was born and raised in England before moving to Hollywood in the 1940s. Hitchcock made some of his first films in England, but the ones that garnered the most fame, such as Psycho, Family Plot, and Frenzy were all made after moving to Hollywood. In 1979, Hitchcock was awarded the AFI Lifetime Achievement award and gave all the credit for his success to his wife, Alma Reville. In April of 1980, Alfred Hitchcock passed away due to renal failure.

Alfred Hitchcock had a height of 5′7″ (1.70 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Alfred Hitchcock with height measurements
Alfred Hitchcock was an English filmmaker known for making suspenseful, yet aesthetic films. Due to his notoriety for making such suspenseful masterpieces, the term “Hitchcockian,” to describe a suspense thriller was coined after him. Alfred Hitchcock was born and raised in England.

Alfred Hitchcock had a height of 5′7″ (1.70 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Alfred Hitchcock with height measurements
Alfred Hitchcock
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Nationality: England

Years Active: 1919–1980

Death: April 29, 1980 (80)

Given Name
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock
Birthday
August 13, 1899

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Kathryn Bigelow
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Kathryn Bigelow is an American female filmmaker known for making, often violent, dramatic movies. Bigelow had her starts in the art scene as a painter at the San Francisco Art Institute before moving to New York and studying filmmaking at Columbia University. Kathryn Bigelow is known for making films such as, The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. For the latter film, Bigelow is the first and only woman to have won the Academy Award for Best Director. Despite her accomplishments as a woman in a primarily male-dominated field, Bigelow frequently refuses to acknowledge her gender when discussing her success.

Kathryn Bigelow has a height of 6′0″ (1.83 m).

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Kathryn Bigelow is an American female filmmaker known for making, often violent, dramatic movies. Bigelow had her starts in the art scene as a painter at the San Francisco Art Institute before moving to New York and studying filmmaking at Columbia University. She is the first female Best Director.

Kathryn Bigelow has a height of 6′0″ (1.83 m).

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Nationality: United States
Years Active: 1978–Present

Given Name
Kathryn Ann Bigelow
Birthday
November 27, 1951

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Roman Polanski
Size comparison drawings of Roman Polanski comparing the heights of other related directors

Roman Polanski, a Polish filmmaker with international renown, is best known for his films featuring shots from the protagonist’s point of view, films with uncertain and dark endings, and subjective narratives. Roman Polanski was born shortly before WWII and lived as a homeless child when his parents were sent to concentration camps. After the war, Roman Polanski took up learning how to act before beginning his career as a director with his breakthrough film, Knife in the Water (1962).

In 1968 he moved to Hollywood, where he released two films Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown. However, after his wife, Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson family and he was convicted of statutory rape, Roman Polanski fled back to Europe in 1978 where he has remained since.

Roman Polanski has a height of 5′5″ (1.65 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Roman Polanski with height measurements
Roman Polanski, a Polish filmmaker with international renown, is best known for his films featuring shots from the protagonist’s point of view, films with uncertain and dark endings, and subjective narratives. Roman Polanski was born shortly before WWII and was homeless during the war.

Roman Polanski has a height of 5′5″ (1.65 m).

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Nationality: Poland

Years Active: 1953–Present

Given Name
Raymond Thierry Liebling
Birthday
August 18, 1933

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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).

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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 first found success with Reservoir Dogs.

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

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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1987–Present

Given Name
Quentin Jerome Tarantino
Birthday
March 27, 1963

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Michael Moore
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Michael Moore is an American filmmaker known for making documentaries that are highly critical of globalization, capitalism, and politicians. Moore was born in Flint, Michigan and started his career in journalism working for the college newspaper before dropping out. After Moore dropped out, he made his first documentary in 1989 (Roger & Me), before making Bowling for Columbine, which was his breakthrough film and won an Oscar. After the success of Bowling for Columbine, which examined gun culture in America, Moore made Fahrenheit 9/11, the highest-grossing documentary ever produced. Moore has earned himself a reputation for being a risktaker and taking on controversial subjects through his films.

Michael Moore has a height of 6′0″ (1.83 m).

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Michael Moore is an American filmmaker known for making documentaries that are highly critical of globalization, capitalism, and politicians. Moore was born in Flint, Michigan and started his career in journalism working for the college newspaper before dropping out.

Michael Moore has a height of 6′0″ (1.83 m).

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Michael Moore
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1976–Present

Given Name
Michael Francis Moore
Birthday
April 23, 1954

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