Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) Directors

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In the late 1970s, big-budget science fiction films filled with special effects became popular with audiences. As a result, Sci-Fi directors often work closely special effects supervisors and set designers; and even develop their own cutting edge effects. These futuristic elements capture the audience’s attention, but it is often the story’s philosophical issues that make or break a film. A Sci-Fi director must balance these issues so that their audience can relate to a foreign world.

Sci-Fi Directors are responsible for overseeing creative aspects of a film under the film producer, studio, or production companies. They often develop the vision for a film and carry the vision out, deciding how the film should look and feel. They are responsible for turning the script into a sequence of shots. They also direct what tone it should have and what an audience should gain from the cinematic experience.

The director works closely with the cast and crew to shape the film. Some like to conduct rigorous rehearsals in preproduction while others do so before each scene. In either case, this process is essential as it tells the director as well as other key members of the crew (director of photography, stunt choreographer, hair stylist, etc.), how the actors are going to play the scene, which enables them to make any necessary adjustments. Directors often use storyboards to illustrate sequences and concepts, and a director’s viewfinder to set up camera angles.

The director also plays a key role in post-production. He or she works with the editor to ensure that the emotions of the scene and the close ups, mid shots and wide or long shots appropriately reflect which character is driving the narrative. The director also advises on the (color) grading of the final images, adding warmth or frigidity to the composition of the shots to reflect the emotional subtext of the character or environment. The director will sometimes participate in the sound mix and musical composition of the film.

Stunt Coordinator/2nd Unit Director TJ White Setting up a Shot