FilmSkills: Director’s Craft


As a director, your interpretation of the script into what the audience sees is your art, and it’s your job. From working with actors and planning coverage, to building the world and planning the visual story, your decisions will engage the imaginations of the audience, and help you build your career.

You will learn the cinematic language of directing and techniques for interpreting the story and crafting a visual experience that compliments the actors’ performances.  Learn how to begin a project, break down the script for story and character, plan the look of the visual story, properly shoot a scene, effectively block actors for both story and function, successfully utilize basic and advanced coverage techniques as well as how to storyboard and shot list your movie.

Full of hundreds of tips and techniques, FilmSkills: Director’s Craft is beautifully illustrated and features dozens of insights from working Hollywood directors.  It’s everything you need to step on set with confidence.

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1515006204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1515006206


FilmSkills: Directors Craft takes you through every step of the directing process, including:

  • Learn how to perform a targeted script breakdown for plot and character
  • Techniques for finding and casting the perfect actors for your movie
  • How to audition actors and look for yellow and red flags in even the most talented actors
  • How to find character’s backstory, motivations, and subtext
  • Techniques for rehearsing Actors
  • The art of directing actors both on and off the set
  • The language of acting so you can quickly and easily communicate using a “shorthand” on set to get the performance you want
  • What to say in the moments leading up to “Action” and what to say after calling “Cut”
  • How to direct extras in the background to enhance the realism of the scene
  • How to use framing and composition to create subtle emotional queues
  • How to shoot a scene from the very beginning of each shot to the end
  • How to block actors on set for a convincing performance every time
  • Choose the correct camera angles to tell the story, and to make sure you do it on schedule
  • How to storyboarding and pre-visualize complex scenes
  • How to track and maintain continuity from shot to shot and scene to scene
  • How to build a fool-proof shot list
  • Techniques for communicating with and directing the crew

There are no wasted words in FilmSkills: Director’s Craft, which concisely summarizes each facet of the director’s craft. It’s difficult to think of a step in the process that Tomaric fails to address.

American Society of Cinematographers