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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Alfred Hitchcock
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Alfred Hitchcock
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Ava DuVernay
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Ava DuVernay
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Bong Joon-ho
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Bong Joon-ho
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Chloé Zhao
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Chloé Zhao
5′11″ | 1.80 m
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Christopher Nolan
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Christopher Nolan
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David Fincher
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David Fincher
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David Lynch
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David Lynch
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Francis Ford Coppola
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Francis Ford Coppola
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George Lucas
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George Lucas
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Guillermo del Toro
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Guillermo del Toro
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Kathryn Bigelow
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Kathryn Bigelow
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Martin Scorsese
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Martin Scorsese
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Mel Brooks
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Mel Brooks
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Michael Moore
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Michael Moore
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Orson Welles
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Orson Welles
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Paul Thomas Anderson
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Paul Thomas Anderson
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Quentin Tarantino
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Quentin Tarantino
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Ridley Scott
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Ridley Scott
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Roman Polanski
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Roman Polanski
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March 1, 1954
Ron Howard
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Ron Howard
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Sofia Coppola
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Sofia Coppola
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October 22, 1969
Spike Jonze
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Spike Lee
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March 20, 1957
Spike Lee
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Spike Lee
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July 26, 1928
Stanley Kubrick
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Stanley Kubrick
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December 18, 1946
Steven Spielberg
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Steven Spielberg
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Taika Waititi
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Taika Waititi
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Tim Burton
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Tim Burton
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Werner Herzog
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Woody Allen
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Guillermo del Toro
Size comparison drawings of Guillermo del Toro comparing the heights of other related directors

Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican filmmaker best known for both Spanish dark fantasy films, like El espinazo del diablo, and American action movies, like Hellboy. Raised in Mexico, Guillermo del Toro developed his interest in films as a teenager and first became involved in the industry through makeup and special effects. Del Toro’s first critically acclaimed film was Cronos, which won nine Ariel awards in Mexico and garnered international recognition. Guillermo del Toro experienced great success in the early 2000s with three different critically and box-office successful movies, The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Blade II (2002), and Hellboy (2004).

Guillermo del Toro has a height of 5′10″ (1.78 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Guillermo del Toro with height measurements
Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican filmmaker best known for both Spanish dark fantasy films, like El espinazo del diablo, and American action movies, like Hellboy. Raised in Mexico, Guillermo del Toro developed his interest in films as a teenager and became involved in the industry through effects.

Guillermo del Toro has a height of 5′10″ (1.78 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Guillermo del Toro with height measurements
Guillermo del Toro
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Nationality: Mexico

Years Active: 1985–Present

Given Name
Guillermo del Toro Gómez
Birthday
October 9, 1964

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Werner Herzog
Height comparison diagram of Werner Herzog compared to other directors

Werner Herzog is a German director, screenwriter, and poet who has been involved in more than sixty films over the course of his career. In additions to creating films, Herzog has also created a number of operas and is regarded as one of the best filmmakers. Herzog is the master mind behind films such as, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Grizzly Man, and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Herzog’s films tend to feature main characters with unrealistically bold goals and people at odds with nature. Werner Herzog has won numerous awards for his films and was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2009.

Werner Herzog has a height of 6′1″ (1.85 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Werner Herzog with overall height
Werner Herzog is a German director, screenwriter, and poet who has been involved in more than sixty films over the course of his career. In additions to creating films, Herzog has also created a number of operas and is regarded as one of the best filmmakers.

Werner Herzog has a height of 6′1″ (1.85 m).

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Nationality: Germany

Years Active: 1961–Present

Given Name
Werner Herzog Stipetić
Birthday
September 5, 1942

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Martin Scorsese
Height comparison diagram of Martin Scorsese compared to other directors

Martin Scorsese, an American director and editor, is known for acclaimed films, such as, Good Fellas, Raging Bull, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Shutter Island. Born and raised in New York, specifically Little Italy, many of Martin Scorsese’s films pay homage to his hometown. Many of Martin Scorsese’s films begin in the middle of the plot, feature extensive amounts of cursing (his movie The Wolf of Wall Street has the most f-bombs of any movie), and have long tracking shots which has earned him the title, “King of the Tracking Shot.”

Martin Scorsese has a height of 5′4″ (1.63 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Martin Scorsese with overall height
Martin Scorsese, an American director and editor, is known for acclaimed films, such as, Good Fellas, Raging Bull, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Shutter Island. Born and raised in New York, specifically Little Italy, many of Martin Scorsese’s films pay homage to his hometown.

Martin Scorsese has a height of 5′4″ (1.63 m).

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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1962–Present

Given Name
Martin Charles Scorsese
Birthday
November 17, 1942

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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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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1976–Present

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Michael Francis Moore
Birthday
April 23, 1954

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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

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Paul Thomas Anderson
Birthday
June 26, 1970

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