Film Log #9: How to Write a Director’s Note
When you apply for grants or labs, you need, as the filmmaker, to explain within a page your intention. This document is named the director’s note, and it’s not an easy one to create, but here are some pointers that helped me and should help you too find your way through your thoughts.
In this episode of the Film Log, I talk about the 8 points you can tackle to write your director’s note, te two talks that have helped me stay focused on what matters, and why you should write a director’s note whether you have a producer or not, and whether you’re planning to apply for grants or not:
8 points you can mention in your director’s note
#1- Who is the director? Are you the scriptwriter and/or the producer f this project?(very briefly, previous works if any, any common themes in previous feature short films, etc)
#2 – What or who is this film about?
#3 – Why this film in particular? Why do you want to shoot it? (personal experience, influences, something you’ve read, a real story someone told you)
#4- Why this location/ this character/ this theme?
#5 – Why do you work with this producer?
#6 – How are you going to shoot it? (Brief technical details, like type of camera, shots, color(s), sound, budget constraints, will there be CGI, how the color correction will be, the usage of music, the general atmosphere)
#7- Why do you want to work with this special actor(s)/DOP if you have any in your mind?
#8 – References of other works
And below are the talk from Ava DuVernay from last year’s SXSW
and Simon Sinek’s TED Talk:
check the archives for a taste of it.