How To Direct A Great Scene – Frank Coraci

Film Courage: How do you direct a great scene? What are you looking for? What has to happen?

Frank Coraci, Writer/Director: How do I direct a great scene? That’s not a fair question [laughs]. You’ve got to direct a scene as best you can and then sometimes there are moments where you’re like Wow this could be the best scene in the movie. You just try to service the story the best you can. Some movies I feel like you want the hand of the director to push it around and move the camera. Other movies like a romantic comedy like THE WEDDING SINGER I wanted to just step back and not feel the director’s hand. On that movie I used colors to tell the story. Adam goes from when he’s happy to blue. When he gets his heart broken he camera dollies and you see red brick behind him from that point on he is in…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


Check out Frank’s latest film HOT AIR

About HOT AIR: For twenty years, Lionel Macomb (Steve Coogan) has been the reigning king of conservative talk radio, delighting his fans and enraging his opponents with his angry charisma and caustic wit. Lionel spends his days ranting about hot button issues from health care to immigration, shaping the shouted debates of a divided nation. And millions listen. Now Lionel is at a crossroads. He seems bent on sabotaging his relationship with Valerie Gannon (Neve Campbell). He’s in a ratings war with his former protégé, Gareth Whitley (Skylar Astin), who has rebranded himself as the kinder, gentler voice of the right wing. He’s embroiled in a public spat with a powerful senator (Judith Light). He’s in danger of fading into irrelevance. When Lionel’s sixteen-year-old niece Tess (Taylor Russell) shows up seeking his help with a family crisis, Lionel must confront the complicated family he’s long since left behind. In Tess, Lionel has finally met his match: a smart, determined, brazenly honest sparring partner. Tess is facing her own dilemma, a stark choice between supporting her troubled mother (Tina Benko) or embarking on a life changing opportunity she’s worked so hard to earn. As this unexpected bond develops, and his career crisis reaches a breaking point, Lionel must decide whether to rethink the power of his words and his legacy. Will he open himself up to a new kind of responsibility and connection? Or will he stay his fiery course, burning anyone who gets too close?




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