Directors | Filmmakers

Directors are individuals who have the responsibility of overseeing and carrying out the vision of a film. Directors are in charge of controlling a film’s aesthetics as well as dramatic aspects. They are also in control of visualizing the script and guiding both the technical crew and actors to fulfill the film’s vision. Directors can help choose cast members, the design of the production, and other creative aspects of the film. Directors can be considered the authors of a film. Directors should also help the vision of the film become realized while maintaining the film’s budget in mind.

What do directors do?

Directors have the responsibility of becoming the creative leads of the film they are working on. They carry the creative vision of the film throughout the entire process from pre-production and until the final edit. Directors also work with everyone involved in a film and are appointed by the executive producer of a film.

How do you become a film director?

There are many paths to becoming a director, but all of them require dedication and extensive knowledge. You can become a film director by studying film in college and seeking work within the industry. Often film directors start their career as an actor, assistant, or even established director.

What makes a good film director?

A good film director should be able to handle stress, be flexible, and have an open and positive attitude. They should also use time effectively, be able to assign responsibilities, and be creative. Film directors should be able to motivate and inspire others to fulfill and create the vision of their movie.

Directors Guides
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5′7″ | 1.70 m
August 13, 1899
Alfred Hitchcock
170.000
1899.00
111000
3D
Alfred Hitchcock
5′6″ | 1.68 m
August 24, 1972
Ava DuVernay
168.000
1972.00
99000
3D
Ava DuVernay
6′0″ | 1.83 m
September 14, 1969
Bong Joon-ho
183.000
1969.00
117000
3D
Bong Joon-ho
5′4″ | 1.63 m
March 31, 1982
Chloé Zhao
163.000
1982.00
57000
3D
Chloé Zhao
5′11″ | 1.80 m
July 30, 1970
Christopher Nolan
180.000
1970.00
154000
3D
Christopher Nolan
6’4” | 1.93 m
May 31, 1930
Clint Eastwood
193.000
1930.00
758000
3D
Clint Eastwood
6′0″ | 1.83 m
August 28, 1962
David Fincher
183.000
1962.00
85000
3D
David Fincher
5′11″ | 1.80 m
January 20, 1946
David Lynch
180.000
1946.00
143000
3D
David Lynch
6′0″ | 1.83 m
April 7, 1939
Francis Ford Coppola
183.000
1939.00
72000
3D
Francis Ford Coppola
5′6″ | 1.68 m
May 14, 1944
George Lucas
168.000
1944.00
158000
3D
George Lucas
5’9” | 1.75 m
August 4, 1983
Greta Gerwig
175.000
1983.00
84000
3D
Greta Gerwig
5′10″ | 1.78 m
October 9, 1964
Guillermo del Toro
178.000
1964.00
165000
3D
Guillermo del Toro
6′0″ | 1.83 m
November 27, 1951
Kathryn Bigelow
183.000
1951.00
35000
3D
Kathryn Bigelow
5′4″ | 1.63 m
November 17, 1942
Martin Scorsese
163.000
1942.00
218000
3D
Martin Scorsese
5′5″ | 1.65 m
June 28, 1926
Mel Brooks
165.000
1926.00
217000
3D
Mel Brooks
6′0″ | 1.83 m
April 23, 1954
Michael Moore
183.000
1954.00
101000
3D
Michael Moore
6′2″ | 1.88 m
May 6, 1915
Orson Welles
188.000
1915.00
128000
3D
Orson Welles
5′10″ | 1.78 m
June 26, 1970
Paul Thomas Anderson
178.000
1970.00
72000
3D
Paul Thomas Anderson
6′1″ | 1.85 m
March 27, 1963
Quentin Tarantino
185.000
1963.00
470000
3D
Quentin Tarantino
5′9″ | 1.75 m
November 30, 1937
Ridley Scott
175.000
1937.00
82000
3D
Ridley Scott
5′5″ | 1.65 m
August 18, 1933
Roman Polanski
165.000
1933.00
237000
3D
Roman Polanski
5′9″ | 1.75 m
March 1, 1954
Ron Howard
175.000
1954.00
210000
3D
Ron Howard
5′4″ | 1.63 m
May 14, 1971
Sofia Coppola
163.000
1971.00
52000
3D
Sofia Coppola
5′7″ | 1.70 m
October 22, 1969
Spike Jonze
170.000
1969.00
48000
3D
Spike Jonze
Spike Lee
210000
5′6″ | 1.68 m
March 20, 1957
Spike Lee
168.000
1957.00
210000
3D
Spike Lee
5′7″ | 1.70 m
July 26, 1928
Stanley Kubrick
170.000
1928.00
144000
3D
Stanley Kubrick
5′8″ | 1.73 m
December 18, 1946
Steven Spielberg
173.000
1946.00
223000
3D
Steven Spielberg
6′0″ | 1.83 m
August 16, 1975
Taika Waititi
183.000
1975.00
331000
3D
Taika Waititi
6′0″ | 1.83 m
August 25, 1958
Tim Burton
183.000
1958.00
159000
3D
Tim Burton
Tom Ford
161000
6’0” | 1.83 m
August 27, 1961
Tom Ford
183.000
1961.00
161000
3D
Tom Ford
6′1″ | 1.85 m
September 5, 1942
Werner Herzog
185.000
1942.00
157000
3D
Werner Herzog
6′1″ | 1.85 m
May 1, 1969
Wes Anderson
185.000
1969.00
135000
3D
Wes Anderson
5′5″ | 1.65 m
December 1, 1935
Woody Allen
165.000
1935.00
209000
3D
Woody Allen
Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig is an American actor, producer and director and is considered one of the rising stars of Hollywood. She began writing plays and screenplays as a college student, and went on to co-write and star in several films, including Frances Ha (2012) and Mistress America (2015). In 2017, Gerwig made her solo directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film Lady Bird, starring Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet. In 2019, she wrote the screenplay for and directed a new adaptation of Louise M. Alcott’s much-loved novel, Little Women. The film received much critical acclaim and was nominated for several Academy Awards. She lives in Brooklyn with her filmmaking partner, Noah Baumbach.

Greta Gerwig has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Greta Gerwig with height measurements
Greta Gerwig is an American actor, producer and director and is considered one of the rising stars of Hollywood. She began writing plays and screenplays as a college student, and went on to co-write and star in several films, including Frances Ha (2012) and Mistress America (2015).

Greta Gerwig has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Greta Gerwig with height measurements
Greta Gerwig
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 2006–Present

Given Name
Greta Celeste Gerwig
Birthday
August 4, 1983

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Martin Scorsese
Height comparison diagram of Martin Scorsese compared to other directors

Martin Scorsese, an American director and editor, is known for acclaimed films, such as, Good Fellas, Raging Bull, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Shutter Island. Born and raised in New York, specifically Little Italy, many of Martin Scorsese’s films pay homage to his hometown. Many of Martin Scorsese’s films begin in the middle of the plot, feature extensive amounts of cursing (his movie The Wolf of Wall Street has the most f-bombs of any movie), and have long tracking shots which has earned him the title, “King of the Tracking Shot.”

Martin Scorsese has a height of 5′4″ (1.63 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Martin Scorsese with overall height
Martin Scorsese, an American director and editor, is known for acclaimed films, such as, Good Fellas, Raging Bull, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Shutter Island. Born and raised in New York, specifically Little Italy, many of Martin Scorsese’s films pay homage to his hometown.

Martin Scorsese has a height of 5′4″ (1.63 m).

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Martin Scorsese
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1962–Present

Given Name
Martin Charles Scorsese
Birthday
November 17, 1942

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David Lynch
Size comparison drawings of David Lynch comparing the heights of other related directors

David Lynch is an American film and T.V. director known for making films that tend to be unrealistic, confusing portrayals of life. David Lynch was born and raised in small-town America and attended various art schools around the country. Lynch’s first film was Eraserhead, which, while very odd, gained enough of a cult following for him to break into popular filmmaking with his release of The Elephant Man. Lynch’s most successful and personal film is Blue Velvet and has garnered cult following with his bizarre T.V. show, Twin Peaks. David Lynch is best known for his unconventional and innovative filmmaking which frequently challenged the norms.

David Lynch has a height of 5′11″ (1.80 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of David Lynch with height measurements
David Lynch is an American film and T.V. director known for making films that tend to be unrealistic, confusing portrayals of life. David Lynch was born and raised in small-town America and attended various art schools around the country. Lynch’s first film was Eraserhead.

David Lynch has a height of 5′11″ (1.80 m).

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David Lynch
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1966–Present

Given Name
David Keith Lynch
Birthday
January 20, 1946

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Spike Lee
Scaled height comparison illustrations of Spike Lee in relation to other directors

Spike Lee, which is a moniker for his real name, Shelton, is a Black director whose films, such as, Malcolm X and School Daze, frequently feature themes of Black culture and racial tension in America. Born in pre-civil rights Georgia, but moving to Brooklyn, New York as a child, Spike Lee draws on his experiences in his formative years for his film, Do the Right Thing, which is written specifically about his neighborhood. Spike Lee frequently casts himself, uses the “double dolly” filming technique, and features the phrase “wake up” as a call to the viewer’s social and moral conscience.

Spike Lee has a height of 5′6″ (1.68 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Spike Lee labeled with overall height
Spike Lee, which is a moniker for his real name, Shelton, is a Black director whose films, such as, Malcolm X and School Daze, frequently feature themes of Black culture and racial tension in America. Spike Lee was born in pre-civil rights Georgia, but moving to Brooklyn, New York as a child.

Spike Lee has a height of 5′6″ (1.68 m).

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Spike Lee
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1977–Present

Given Name
Shelton Jackson Lee
Birthday
March 20, 1957

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Guillermo del Toro
Size comparison drawings of Guillermo del Toro comparing the heights of other related directors

Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican filmmaker best known for both Spanish dark fantasy films, like El espinazo del diablo, and American action movies, like Hellboy. Raised in Mexico, Guillermo del Toro developed his interest in films as a teenager and first became involved in the industry through makeup and special effects. Del Toro’s first critically acclaimed film was Cronos, which won nine Ariel awards in Mexico and garnered international recognition. Guillermo del Toro experienced great success in the early 2000s with three different critically and box-office successful movies, The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Blade II (2002), and Hellboy (2004).

Guillermo del Toro has a height of 5′10″ (1.78 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Guillermo del Toro with height measurements
Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican filmmaker best known for both Spanish dark fantasy films, like El espinazo del diablo, and American action movies, like Hellboy. Raised in Mexico, Guillermo del Toro developed his interest in films as a teenager and became involved in the industry through effects.

Guillermo del Toro has a height of 5′10″ (1.78 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Guillermo del Toro with height measurements
Guillermo del Toro
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Nationality: Mexico

Years Active: 1985–Present

Given Name
Guillermo del Toro Gómez
Birthday
October 9, 1964

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