How much credit should the director get?

Movie Minutes

Everybody knows what an actor is and it’s pretty easy to tell whether or not they’re doing a “good” or “bad” job. Heck, you could probably name a dozen actors before your next blink. But what exactly do people mean when they say “That person’s a good director” and how much credit should he or she really get for the final film? The best way to answer these questions is by examining the role of the director as well as his or her working relationship with the other positions on set.

*So much goes into making a movie that the answers to these questions are never clear cut. This article will attempt to boil the departments down to their basic premise.

The Director


So there’s this thing called Auteur Theory and it’s infiltrated the way we think about movies nowadays. Basically, it credits the director as the main creative vision behind…

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