BySamuel Kang, writer at
A film student living in NYC with a love for movies, acting, video games and pizza.
Samuel Kang

Have you ever wanted to make movies? Have you ever been so inspired by a film that you just stood up and said, "I wanna learn how to do THAT!" But after you got so inspired by whatever movie you just watched, did you then say to yourself, "Wait, no, I can never be a good director" or, "I just don't have the resources to be a director"? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, I hope that this article will change your mind and motivate you to make some movies.

Here are 5 helpful ways to help you on your way to being a movie director:

Tip #1: Make sure that you ABSOLUTELY want to be a director.

Directing takes a lot out of you. It takes a lot of time and energy to make films. Not to mention the amount of stress you will endure while making a movie. So, if you want to be a director, you need to make sure that you actually WANT to pursue directing.

Being a director is a long and hard process. Shooting a film may be fun, but it also comes with a ton of boring and demanding deeds that you, as a director, have to deal with. So, if you want to be a director, you have to truly commit and endure all the headaches that come with it.

How you will feel after a long day of shooting.
How you will feel after a long day of shooting.

Tip #2: Just because you don't have the best resources doesn't mean you don't have any resources at all.

Have you guys ever watched the movie "Tangerine"? You know, the one that got rave reviews and has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes? That movie was shot on a iPhone 5s and a $160 adapter lens.

"Tangerine" (2015)
"Tangerine" (2015)

You don't need the most expensive equipment out there to make a movie. I'm pretty sure you have a smartphone with a nice HD camera that you can use to make some films. If you don't have the best editing software, that's okay. You can still get a lot done with iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. Plus, there are a bunch of free editing software out on the internet like Lightworks, Jahshaka, etc.

Get with a couple of friends to be in your film and if you don't have any friends who want to be in your movie, get creative and film something else like really nice landscapes.

You don't even have to go to film school. There already are a bunch of resources on the internet to help you learn about film-making. Sites like and YouTube channels like Darious Britt and RocketJump Film School are great places to go to if you want to improve your film-making skills.

Tip #3: Be creative with your shots.

One great way to frame your shot (Photograph by Annie Leibovitz).
One great way to frame your shot (Photograph by Annie Leibovitz).

One of the fun parts of film-making is actually shooting it. It's also one of the most creative parts. So go crazy! It's your film, so be as creative as you want. Frame your shots however you want. That's how you will learn as a film-maker; by experimenting with your shots and finding out what works and what doesn't. It's all up to you.

Tip #4: Know how to direct your actors.

If you have actors in your film, know how to direct them. They are a vital part of your film and they're the main ones who are telling your story, so you have to learn how to communicate with them. Make sure you give them very clear and specific instructions on what you want them to do. Don't just tell your actors what NOT to do, because you're not gonna be able to give enough information to your actors. The more information you give them, the better they will tell your story.

Tip #5: If your film turns out bad, it's okay.

Let me tell you the most important thing that you need to know:

It's okay to fuck up. This is how you learn.

My first few films were garbage. Absolute trash. They weren't any good. However, I was able to learn from my mistakes and I was able to improve. I know this is a cliché, but it's so important to know. Just because your first couple of films weren't any good doesn't mean you can't take away any important lessons from them and it especially doesn't mean you should give up and walk away. This is one of the best ways for you to master your craft and for you to enhance your directing skills.


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