The Secrets Behind Directing Great Television from Someone Who Does It

'Homeland'Credit: Showtime
Dan Attias breaks down his prolific directing experience and getting to the authenticity of storytelling… 

Dan Attias has directed The Sopranos, The Wire, Homeland, Six Feet Under, It's Always Sunny in Philidelphia, and MORE. This man's resume is unbelievable, and we have the pleasure of getting deep into the weeds of how he does it on a variety of sets with every great show of this golden age of TV. 

In this episode, we talk about…

  • What sparked Dan’s interest in directing 
  • How being a visiting series director is like the impulses of an actor 
  • What happens when two people who have different understandings collide
  • The importance of connecting to the script and truly caring about the story 
  • Key challenges of directing television vs. feature films 
  • How to talk to actors who already have an established role 
  • Why "generalness" is the enemy of creativity  
  • The emotional rollercoaster of being a director  
  • Examples of Dan’s directing experience to create more depth to the story and characters 
  • Reaching the height of storytelling and having a beginner’s mind 

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This episode of The No Film School Podcast was produced by George Edelman.

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