In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Show Must Go On.”
If you were involved in a movie, would you rather be the director, the producer, or the lead performer? (Note: you can’t be the writer!).
Never the performer……….no way. I hate being in front of the camera, maybe as a kid I would ham it up and my Mum always said I was such a little actress, but these days I hate being in front of the camera. Can I be the camera woman? That’s what I wanted to be as a teenager a camera person at one of the TV Studios. I got the TV studio bit, but girls weren’t camera men back then, so I went into the film and graphics dept. So No, on the Camera woman? OK, so then I would be the director, if I couldn’t be the writer I would still need some creative context and that would be the director.
I suppose in some way being a photographer is like being a director, if you are shooting landscapes or even people you cannot ‘write’ the scene, you work with what you have been given and get as creative as possible. Some times you have to guide your subject to get the best out of them.They often complain they feel silly, but it creates fantastic shots. Don’t forget about candid shots too. When it comes to landscapes and scenery you may have to create a different mood or feel with lighting, that’s the directors job too isn’t it?