Becoming a director is not just about making a film, webseries, commercial, or music video. The opportunity to direct for television is not a given because you’ve successfully completed a project in another medium. Turning your passion into your profession requires the ability to make transitions at the exact moment a pivot is needed, with creativity and confidence. Chatmon’s book helps directors across all mediums shape their career with targeted anecdotes, worksheets, and other resources, all of which fall into three designated categories: How-To, Self-Help, and Inspiration.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Foreword by Kenya Barris Introduction Act I: The Set-Up Chapter 1: The Early Years Chapter 2: NYU Film School Chapter 3: The Real World aka The School of Hard Knocks Chapter 4: Who’s Got $520,000? Anyone… Anyone? Chapter 5: Premium — The Making Of My First Feature Film Act II: The Confrontation Chapter 6: Bills to Pay: 12 Years of Empowerment at NYU Chapter 7: Premium — The Road to Distribution Chapter 8: 761st and Tribeca All Access Chapter 9: A Production Company, a Podcast, and a Monthly Event Chapter 10: BlackCard — The Psychological Pivot Act III: The Resolution Chapter 11: Television Director Development Programs Chapter 12: Securing Representation Chapter 13: The Road to My First Episode Chapter 14: Reflections and Next Steps How I Did It: Directors Reflect On Their Journey to the Director’s Chair: Romany Malco, Molly McGlynn, Michael Spiller, Seith Mann, Keith Powell, Anu Valia, Rob McElhenney, Millicent Shelton Appendices Index