How to Become Set Director
As the creative and passionate force that drives the making of a film, a set director must fill many roles. In order to both visualize the structure and style of the film and define it, a set director needs to be effective at finding the right cast, editing the script for clarity, composing shots for maximum effect, selecting the appropriate shots for the film and editing the final version.
Having an educational background as a freelance set director provides a solid foundation. However, the most useful item for becoming established as a set director is a showreel that highlights your best work.
Play to Your Strengths
In order to find success as a freelance set director, you should possess the following strengths:
Be creative, artistic, collaborative and detail oriented
Be an excellent leader by staying calm, working effectively while under pressure and able to work with diverse personalities
Be passionate about filmmaking while retaining a deep understanding of both the creative and technical aspects of the process
New York Film Academy
New York Film Academy provides filmmaking resources for both aspiring set directors and those who want to expand their careers.
Mandy offers resources for many careers in film and TV production. Browse through the section devoted to directing jobs.
The Association of Independent Commercial Producers
The Association of Independent Commercial Producers is a comprehensive resource devoted to all types of independent commercial producers. They also sometimes have openings for freelance set directors that they list in their "help wanted" section.
While some set directors work in New York City or Los Angeles, the movie centers of the country, many others work at video production companies or regional television stations. Other areas that freelance set directors can be found include small independent movies or training films. A set director could also branch out into other areas related to that career. These include producing, writing, teaching or script development.
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