What does Billy Wilder think all directors should do?

Listen to one of the best.

It’s hard to explain how important Billy Wilder is in the film’s annals. He is an American writer who can handle any genre and budget. His enthusiasm for the craft brought so many new people into the business and inspired us all.

Wilder is known for his wonderful words and for being very open about his process.

Check out this clip from part of his 1976 Harold Lloyd Masters Seminar where he shares some advice he believes all directors need to hear.

As you heard in the video, Wilder says that while a director doesn’t have to write, he has to “read”. That means they need to see the intentions in the script and figure out how best to communicate this to the actors. They also need to record the visual language on the page and communicate it to the cameraman.

Directing is a big job. Read factors into every facet from choosing a script to capturing intent.

Reading is the root of it all. So, if you want to be a great director like Billy Wilder, read this!

What else did you learn from Wilder? Let us know in the comments.

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