At this years' Oscars the silent film The Artist went into into the evening with 10 nominations and emerged tied with Martin Scorsese's Hugo as the most honored, with five Oscars(the best picture, director, costume design, and original score). In light of the nostalgia for the silent film era this advice from silent film director Marshall Neilan on how to be a motion picture director maybe useful. A few excerpts:
What are the essential qualities of a director?
The ability to convince producers that you are a better director than your pictures show you to be.
What should a director write?
Thoughtful articles on the art of directing.
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