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Why does "No-one ever get it in the first take"?

So… why can't the actors just get it right the first time? Well, quite often they can. They are professionals, they do this all day, every day. They have learned how to learn lines, follow direction, ...
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What's the point of actors occasionally directing a TV show episode?

David Schwimmer, who gave the following response on the subject in an interview with the A.V Club, really wanted to try it: The A.V. Club: You directed some episodes of Friends. How did you go from ...
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Why didn't the producers offer Ridley Scott the chance to direct the 2nd Alien movie?

From alienseries, the producer blamed it on availability: In 1986 Bobbie Wygant asked Aliens producer Gale Anne Hurd if Scott had turned down the opportunity to direct the sequel. “I’m not really ...
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Why didn't the producers offer Ridley Scott the chance to direct the 2nd Alien movie?

We don't know. Gale Anne Hurd said in 1986 I’m not really sure. I know that he was in post-production on Legend at the time we were in pre-production [on Aliens], so perhaps it was a result of his ...
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What's the point of actors occasionally directing a TV show episode?

Directors have, ultimately, artistic control over the final product. While acting can be a satisfying endeavor, the true artistic vision of a story comes from a director. There is also a degree of ...
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Why didn't J.J. Abrams direct The Last Jedi?

He only planned on directing one. He took over when Collin Trevarrow was fired and presumably asked again. Rollingstone Magazine - December 6, 2017 J.J. Abrams couldn't resist returning for ...
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Who is the highest-grossing debut director?

Note: All information on box office come from BoxOfficeMojo, and was gathered by simply working my way down the list of highest grossing films of all time and checking who directed them, and if they'd ...
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Why did James Cameron decide to give Alita big eyes?

They wanted her to be like manga. James Cameron's words from Yahoo News: “I think Robert and I were both always in utter agreement that she should look like the character in the manga,” Cameron ...
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Why does "No-one ever get it in the first take"?

Actors (and the legion of technical staff, as mentioned in Tetsujin's answer) can't "get it right" in one take because there's no singular "it" that they're aiming for. The final ...
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Why didn't the producers offer Ridley Scott the chance to direct the 2nd Alien movie?

The heads of Fox (which owned Alien) changed between the two movies. The previous heads didn't believe a sequel would be profitable. When Fox's interest in a sequel was reborn, they first needed a ...
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What exactly does a director do in an animated feature?

The question focuses closely on the activities of the director that occur when on set shooting the movie, but this is actually quite a small part of the overall activities of making a movie. The ...
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Who is the highest-grossing debut director?

As per source for best directional debut, it is Tim Miller who directed Deadpool that grossed over $782.6 million. Timothy "Tim" Miller is an American film director and visual effects ...
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Why does George Lucas not direct any more Star Wars movies?

The Walt Disney Company (Disney) bought Lucasfilm Ltd. including its subsidiaries in 2012 for roughly $4 billion USD. Star Wars was a property owned by Lucasfilm and so is now under control of ...
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What's the point of actors occasionally directing a TV show episode?

For most actors it's about branching out in their professional lives. Directing can give an actor a different perspective into the way that a show is created and put together, so it could be about ...
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Why do TV shows use multiple directors and screenwriters?

I believe it's mainly because of time constraints. TV shows produce a lot of content in a fairly small amount of time. By having multiple screenwriters and directors, they can prepare more content ...
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What does a guest director do?

Tarantino was invited to direct a scene in "Sin City" (2005) by his friend and the film's co-director, Robert Rodriguez. As Tarantino generally has no interest in the use of digital cinematography, ...
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Original script details of Flesh and Blood

Translated from a Dutch website: The original story was written by both Soeteman and Verhoeven shortly after the finishing of the series called 'Floris, which was made in 1969. It was originally ...
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What is the adequate naming treatment when a film's director comes out as transgender?

Unlike academia, the movie industry doesn't appear to have any definitive "rules" or "best practices" in place to handle this type of situation; I expect that the Wachowski sisters are going to be ...
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Why is Stanley Kubrick classed as one of the greatest directors?

A brief summary of Stanley Kubrick's Films: Sparatcus (1960) Nominated for 6 Academy awards, winner of 4. 96% on Rotten Tomatoes Lolita (1962) 4 Golden Globe award nominations 1 BAFTA award ...
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Why didn't James Cameron direct further movies of 'Terminator' franchise after 'Terminator 2'?

There are two reasons. Both are discussed in this article about Cameron and the Terminator franchise The first is that he says he's creatively finished with the franchise. I've moved on creatively ...
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What is the reason for the many directors used in the Game of Thrones series?

Game of Thrones is actually three separate TV shows filmed and shot simultaneously, in different locations. There are three completely separate crews and teams known as "units". Many big films have ...
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Does James Cameron work with/for NASA?

Yes he does work with NASA, Since 2005, see this article for more infos: Two years ago, not long after the Columbia accident claimed the lives of seven astronauts, Cameron attended his first ...
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Who is the highest-grossing female director?

Box Office Mojo has a more comprehensive list of directors that you can sort by box office gross. As of this writing, The Wachowskis are the top-grossing female co-directors, since they both now ...
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Where do the directors who didn't go to film school actually learn filmmaking?

Many of the generation of the original Star Wars trilogy learned largely by watching "making of" videos and using Super 8 and newly introduced consumer video cameras to hone their craft. Kevin Smith ...
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Whose picture is it anyway?

Movies are always collaborative efforts, unless the writer, director and cinematographer are all the same person: The writer creates the story, so that's theirs. The screenwriter adapts the story ...
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Is there a specific term or name for Tim Burton's Gothic dark comedic style?

It doesn't answer your question directly and with a single term but I guess it couldn't/shouldn't be answered as such, too. "German Expressionism", "Gothic Suburbia" seem to be likely terms to ...
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How did Peter Jackson get the rights of the Lord of the Rings?

After a simple google search, There are some details in the wiki: Director Peter Jackson first came into contact with The Lord of the Rings when he saw Ralph Bakshi's 1978 animated film The Lord of ...
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Why is Stanley Kubrick classed as one of the greatest directors?

Few if any directors controlled their sets, props, lighting and cameras like Kubrick - I honestly don't think anyone would be allowed to do that to the extents he went to on a modern film. Watch 'Room ...
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Why do directors make cameo appearances in their movies?

There's no overarching right answer to this. I think there are a few reasons for it: For starters, it's fun. You've mentioned lots of directors in your question who have done it and it's likely they ...
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Whose picture is it anyway?

In addition to other answers, that already pointed out the collaborative nature of film-making (and thus the complexity of making a definite decision "whose picture it is"), I'd like to share some ...
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