Actors that I meet with will ask me all the time how I will “direct” them during the shoot. Well, to be honest, it depends on the actor. Sometimes I throw tons of words and lines and directions at the actor during the shoot and sometimes I don’t say much of anything past regular conversation. It depends on the actor and if they need me. If the shots are looking good and you are connecting, I just let you have at it. If I feel like you are stuck or blank or not present, I will give you things that I call my “tricks” to bring your attention and focus out to the camera.
Our shoot day is a performance. It’s a performance for you with me and the camera is in between us to capture everything that goes on and oozes out of you. The scene is between us and I am ok with whatever you need to do to get there. The great part is that you don’t have to go very far. You don’t have to cry or burst out into laughter, you just have to connect and keep your mind busy. It’s actually not difficult at all. Kids are great at it because they are not concerned about what they look like during that moment, they are just playing and exploring and listening.