Becoming a film and movie director

Three famous people in this position.

Born on December 18, 1946, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Steven Spielberg was an amateur filmmaker as a child. He went on to become a successful and Academy Award-winning director of such films as Schindler's List, The Color Purple, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and Saving Private Ryan. In 1994, he co-founded the studio Dream-works S.K.G, which was purchased by Paramount Pictures in 2005.

Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was making amateur films by the age 20, and won a Student Academy Award for his graduate thesis film. Lee got a lot of attention with his first feature, She's Gotta Have It one of the most profitable films made in 1986 and continues to create films that explore provoking topics like race, politics and violence. He is also known for his documentaries and commercials.

Born in Tennessee in 1963, Quentin Tarantino grew up loving movies more than school. In his early 20s, he got a job at the Video Archives, where he wrote the scripts for True Romance and Natural Born Killers. His directorial debut came with 1992's Reservoir Dogs, but he received wide critical and commercial acclaim with Pulp Fiction (1994), which earned more than $108 million at the box office—the first independent film to do so. In 2003 and 2004, Tarantino released his Kill Bill series, which led to a Golden Globe nomination for Uma Thurman, who starred in the films. Tarantino was later nominated for two Academy Awards (best director and best original screenplay) for the film Inglourious Basterds in 2009.

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Some of the awards you can recieve

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) is an entertainment guild which represents the interests of film and television directors in the United States motion picture industry.

The Golden Globe Award is an American accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood foreign press association (HFPA) recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual formal ceremony and dinner at which the awards are presented is a major part of the film industry's awards season, which culminates each year with the academy awards.

The Academy Awards or The Oscars (The official title was re-branded as The Oscars in 2013 – changed from The Academy Awards.)[1] is an annual American awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievements in the film industry.

schooling and requirments to become a film and movie director

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film

Film degree programs often confer a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and these programs teach students about filmmaking through four years of education. Several schools offer programs, which focus on film direction. Students learn filmmaking history and techniques. Their education often focuses on the elements of successful filmmaking, including plot, character development and style. Film criticism is also covered, usually through reading and discussing the works of acknowledged experts in the field. Common courses include screenwriting, cinematic storytelling, film language, film history and movie editing principles

Master of Fine Arts in Film Directing

Advanced directing programs, such as a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film Directing program, offer students the opportunity to take part in several aspects of film production. This includes everything from editing to cinematography, as well as digital and sound effects.

Students are required to be well versed in every aspect of filmmaking. Usually each graduating class will shoot several short films during the program, allowing students to work in each position of a film crew. These 3-year programs often feature a professional internship opportunity, which is invaluable for contacts and career development. Common courses include script development, directing seminars, directing techniques and production theories.


  • manage everything that deals with the film or movie
  • Reading the script and transforming it into a film
  • overseeing the cinematography
  • overseeing technical aspects
  • coaching actors and actresses
  • coordinating staff on set
  • directing the shooting time table
  • Making sure deadlines are met
  • sometimes choosing staff