Author: Peter W. Rea and David K. Irving

Peter W. Rea and David K. Irving

Peter W. Rea, Associate Professor of the Undergraduate Film and Television Department at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. He has been a producer, cinematographer, editor, production manager, and postproduction supervisor on numerous short films, TV movies, and features. David K. Irving is an Associate Professor of the Undergraduate Film and Television Department at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. He has directed six feature films, fifteen award-winning short documentaries, three short narrative films, and has written and produced three feature films.

Posts by Peter W. Rea and David K. Irving:


Tips for Directing Actors


DIRECTING ACTORS Actors are the director’s primary storytelling vehicles. A good actor can breathe life into a character and a script. Being able to aid and guide the actors through the production is the director’s job. A primary goal for the director is to create a supportive and creative environment that is conducive to good…

Audition Guidelines for Directors


For a successful audition and to make the most of the search for the best actors, we recommend following the guidelines… Before the Audition Keep in mind that auditions are stressful situations both for the actor and the director. The audition can be held in any quiet room; a rented rehearsal hall is an ideal…


How to Run an Efficient Film Production Meeting
and other Production Preparation Tips!


Intangible managerial skills are as important as technical know-how in preparing successfully for production. The following are some general guidelines to help with the intangibles of preproduction. Keep a Positive Attitude. Lack of experience makes it difficult for beginning filmmakers to assess their day-to-day preproduction progress. There are so many elements (cast, crew, locations) that…

Rehearsing with Actors

Working on Scenes with Actors


One of the director’s primary responsibilities is to assist the actor in discovering and playing his role. The director accomplishes this through script and character analysis, and staging. Once casting has been completed, the character development process begins with rehearsals. During the rehearsal period, the following takes place: The director gets to know the actor….

decisions for directors

The Camera as Storyteller: Considerations for the Director


No one on the set, from the DP to the set dresser, can begin to work until the director makes two decisions: first, where the camera will be placed, and second, how the actors will move in front of the camera. The writer uses words and sentences to convey thoughts and ideas. The camera is…


The Mistake Novice Directors Make and How to Avoid It


The process of directing actors on the set starts with casting the right actors, rehearsing and building their characters and connection to the material, developing their personas through wardrobe, props, and creating a world of the film for them to inhabit. The challenges on the set have a lot to do with overcoming your insecurity…

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