What makes a great Director?
Good question, right?
Well, I’ve got a bunch of thoughts on the subject, but I thought I’d leave this question to an expert.
Oh Elia? Elia Kazan? Can you take this one?
Last month I wrote about a blog about writing tips and repurposed eight great ones from Kurt Vonnegut. Judging from the number of page views it got . . . you liked it. Or should.
So I thought you’d like some more . . . but maybe about a different subject.
This month I thought I’d point to an article by the great stage and film director, Elia Kazan. You know, the dude who directed the original productions of Streetcar and Death of a Salesman.
In this article (which is actually a speech that he gave to students), Elia talks about all the things I think a director should know . . . from the “music of the day” to “costuming” to “the erotic arts” (which he also says best comes from personal experience . . . he said it! I didn’t!).
When you read the article (which you can find here), you’ll see that it looks like he’s talking about being a film director but there ain’t nothing on the list that I can’t see being applied to the stage.
So if you’re a Director, read it.
And if you’re a Producer, read it twice.
Because it’s even more of a Producer’s job to know what makes a great Director than the Director himself. Because the Producer’s in charge of finding the great Directors in the first place.
Lucky for us Producers, Mr. Kazan gave us a great guide.
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