Not all advice is good advice, but tips are certainly welcome when they are coming from the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wong Kar-Wai, Andrea Arnold and many more. The best directors working today have given their fair share of advice in various interviews over the years, and IndieWire has rounded up some of the best answers for a complete guide to 30 essential directing tips.
In the gallery attached, filmmakers weigh in on everything from the writing process to the on set experience of working with actors. A common thread among all of the filmmakers is the need for the director to stick with his or her vision and do whatever it takes to facilitate that vision, whether that means collaborating with other people or saying “no” to producers or any other potential influencer.
Other directors in the gallery include Ava DuVernay, Park Chan-wook, Martin Scrosese, Wes Anderson, Claire Denis and Nicolas Winding Refn, among many others. Click through to get their best directing tips.