A roundup of videos about ways, good and bad, that directors of major features work with their performers.
The Discarded Image uncovers a wide range of approaches among big names, from Paul Thomas Anderson and David Fincher to Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick, from collaborative and nurturing to authoritarian and abusive:
H8URS has a mini-series of videos on the topic, Directing Actors 101:
This Directors Guild of America (DGA) discussion with Greta Gerwig (Ladybird), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), and Jordan Peele (Get Out) is long, but incredibly revealing about the way each works with actors, as well the ways that even top-level, maximum-budget filmmaking, is still about creative problem-solving and working within restrictions:
Where does the director’s job end and the cinematographer’s begin?