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Earning the opportunity to direct your feature film comes with the responsibility of creating something that has potential. While your education and past experience will play important roles in helping you create a commercially successful and artistic film, you’re never really finished learning. You can implement these tips to help you develop and improve your craft as a filmmaker.

Don’t Be Afraid to Edit
Even the most beautifully written script has room for improvement, and this usually involves cutting scenes down. Every scene in your script should be tight and concise. This involves cutting out lines that have little to do with the plot of the film, serving only to make the scene longer. Editing scenes down to the essential plot points will help you create a better story, and it will save you money on your budget by helping you produce a shorter film.

Develop a Good Relationship With Your Crew
Your cast and crew are all there for the same reason, which is to create a great film that will also be commercially successful. It may take some extra effort to develop a good relationship with your crew, but the results will be worthwhile. A good line of communication will encourage your crew to work harder for you, so you’ll get the results you want. Additionally, a positive work environment may generate new ideas that can help you create magical moments on screen.

Connect to the Film Emotionally
Every film has an emotional tone that helps to drive it from beginning to end. When you let yourself experience those emotions, you’ll be better able to match your vision to the film and create a world that really comes alive for audiences. Your ability to empathize with the story will help you create sets, dialogue, and action that all melds well with the tone of the film.

As the director, it’s your job to help your actors bring their characters to life. While your ability to communicate with them on set is essential, you can help them by providing context for their characters ahead of time. Recommend books, restaurants, and other experiences that will help them discover more about their characters. By investing this extra time in your actors, you’ll find that their performances, and your film, will be that much better.