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Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and editor who did most of his work as an expatriate in the United Kingdom.
  • Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and editor who did most of his work as an expatriate in the United Kingdom.
  • Orson Welles - American film director, actor, theater director, screenwriter, and producer (1915-1985). The most acclaimed director of all time.
  • Steven Spielberg - American film director, screenwriter, producer, and studio entrepreneur.
  • Alfred Hitchcock - English film director and producer (1899-1980).
  • Francis Ford Coppola - American film director, producer and screenwriter.
  • Martin Scorsese - American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film historian.
  • Sergio Leone - Italian film director, producer and screenwriter most associated with the 'Spaghetti Western' genre.
  • Quentin Tarantino - American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor.
  • Billy Wilder - Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist (1906-2002).
  • Roman Polanski - Polish-French film director, producer, writer, and actor.
  • American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician.
  • Michelangelo Antonioni - Italian film director, screenwriter, editor, and short story writer (1912-2007).
  • Ingmar Bergman - Swedish director, writer and producer for film, stage and television. Described by Woody Allen as 'probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera,' he is recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential film directors of all time (1918-2007).
  • Akira Kurosawa - Japanese film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor (1910-1998).
  • Federico Fellini - Italian film director and scriptwriter. Known for a distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images, he is considered one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century (1920-1993).
  • Buster Keaton - American comic actor, filmmaker, producer and writer (1895-1966).
  • George Lucas - American film producer, screenwriter, director, and entrepreneur. He is best known as the creator of the space opera franchise Star Wars and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. Lucas is one of the American film industry's most successful filmmakers financially.
  • Joel David Coen and Ethan Jesse Coen, known together professionally as the Coen Brothers, are American filmmakers.
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder - German film director, screenwriter, and actor (1945-1982). He is one of the most important figures in the New German Cinema.
  • Sidney Lumet - American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit (1924-2011).

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A FILM DIRECTOR is a person who directs the actors and film crew in filmmaking. They control a film's artistic and dramatic aspects, while guiding the technical crew and actors.

Directors are responsible for overseeing creative aspects of a film under the film producer. They often develop the vision for a film and carry the vision out, deciding how the film should look, in other words they make their vison come to life. 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. Film directors are responsible for deciding camera angles, lens effects and lighting with the help of the cinematographer, and set design with the production designer. They will often take part in hiring key crew members. They coordinate the actors' moves, or blocking, and also may be involved in the writing, financing, and editing of a film.

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.

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