“I think it was Alfred Hitchcock who said that he spends most of his time going to meetings trying to get his movies off the ground – which is staggering when you think it was Alfred Hitchcock,” says award-winning director Gail Harvey above in Episode 5 of Raindance Step & Repeat, a video series for independent filmmakers who want to make a living telling stories.
There’s big appeal to directing. You call the shots, and get a lion’s share of the glory if your project is a success. However, what we often fail to see is all the work directors do from pre-to-post to ensure the success of their project.
Harvey is one of Canada’ most in-demand directors, but she’s only on set shooting for about ⅓ of the year. The other eight months she’s prepping, networking, looking for work, creating opportunities, writing and a hundred other things you may not have known that a director does.