An actor, who I directed at the academy a couple years back, Khalil Lowry requested I post on directing, what follows are some thoughts.
This topic has given me a chance to review and contemplate what I strive to do when I direct.
Funny enough, I realized something about my teaching. When working with actors to develop their craft, I apply some of the very same techniques as when I direct. The difference being that I don't consider my own specifics of theme and idea but rather I focus on the actors applying their sense of the story and instruct through analysis how to have that vision. With the strong belief that actors are not puppets.
Know the story better than anybody! Define an exciting and compelling analysis.
Know what you want to DO ultimately, what you want to SAY and what you want you & your audience to FEEL!
Be able to articulate that dream/vision to your crew, whether it be designers for stage or crew and post production for film.
Tension is FEAR created by thought, my mind takes me from here and now to an endless spin on the imagined future. What they will think... "I'm not smart enough, beautiful enough, tough enough, sexy enough, experienced enough, good enough..." An endless litany of judgements that undermine my freedom to ACT! Although I cannot control my monkey mind, I can choose what I focus on.