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This is the sixth in a series of guest posts by filmmaker Raafi Rivero.

In past articles in this series, I’ve focused on techniques for directing with the assumption that you’d be working with full crew and support. But in the day of the DSLR sometimes even the word “crew” is a euphemism. You’re going out there like a samurai. These are some tips to make sure you come back with what you need. This will be more technical and less aesthetic than some of my other pieces here. More »

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This is the fifth in a series of guest posts by filmmaker Raafi Rivero.

Several of you have reached out via comments, email, and twitter about continuing the Director’s Chair series and I’m glad for all the feedback. One of the most-requested ideas was to do a post on working with non-actors. I’ll start with an old saying that comes from our sister profession, photography: The camera looks both ways. More »

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This is the fourth in a series of guest posts by filmmaker Raafi Rivero.

I often hear directors say stuff like, “he was good in the audition, but I don’t know what happened.” How do you tell a buddy that his actor sucked? Half the time you sit there thinking, “well, did you direct him?” How do you get a woman who was so good in the audition to just relax and be who she was before? The sad news is that if you “don’t know what happened” I can tell you: you weren’t a good enough director that day. These are the bad times. The slightly better news is that it happens to all of us at some point. And hopefully you learn from it. More »

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This is the third in a series of guest posts by filmmaker Raafi Rivero.

“Going again!” There are a million reasons why you do another take on a shot: bad camera move, bad sound, flubbed line, etc. But there are pitfalls to shooting too many takes just as there are shooting too few. Sometimes you go again without giving actors feedback (this is bad). Sometimes you don’t go again and walk away with a sub-par performance (this is worse). Let’s talk about the realities of shooting multiple takes on set. More »

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This is the second in a series of guest posts by filmmaker Raafi Rivero.

“What’s my motivation?” This clichéd line that you hear from people making fun of actors has obfuscated its utility. In film school a professor of mine referred to every beat in the script as an action. There are physical actions (he picks up a sword) and verbal actions (“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die”). Each action in a good script has a significance. In rehearsal and in prepping your actors, be sure to go over scenes beat-by-beat, if necessary, to make sure everyone understands the scene. Why a character does one thing and not another: their (yes) motivation is what will inform how the actor internalizes the action. More »

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This is the first in a series of guest posts by filmmaker Raafi Rivero.

The Director's Chair, by Raafi Rivero

In this series of posts I intend to address a topic which is both critical and sorely overlooked in the current crop of filmmaking blogs: how to, you know, direct. More »