Marie Dvorakova

How did you get into directing?
I was always fascinated by other people’s stories, their behavior, small situations or gestures one observes at home or on the street. And I could not resist the idea of recreating these on film, which is why I ended up going to study film directing at the renowned Prague Film & TV School—FAMU.

Casey Neistat

How did you get into directing?
My mom put a VHS camera in my little boy hands.

What is your most recent project?
I’m working on building a tree fort with my kid.

What is the best part of being a director?
I really don’t know.

Have you a mentor and if so, who is that person (or persons)
and what has been the lesson learned from that mentoring which resonates most with you?

That’s like a seven-part question. “Talent borrows, genius steals.”

Alex Beh

How did you get into directing?
I was gearing up to put my first short film (Sugar) together and while looking for a director, my producer simply asked me, “why don’t you just direct it?” That was the first moment I realized I could direct, essentially just assuming the role of director. After reading “On Directing Film” by David Mamet, it became even more apparent to me that I loved it and would continue to do it.

Eric D. Howell

How did you get into directing?
My introduction came through stunt coordinating for feature and commercial projects. This experience provided me with a unique opportunity to work with talented actors in intense situations. In addition, I found that I was helping to set camera positions and creating boards for coverage. My film school took place on the sets of hundreds of productions.