Interpersonal Relations as a Tool to Film Directing

Caio Augusto Camargo Bogoni, Renate B. Michel


This work seeks to indicate how psychology can assist art by denoting the importance of interpersonal relations in the process of artistic production, specifically film directing. A model of an ideal director is introduced, which is composed of personal qualities and fields of study that must be mastered. The profession’s specific phenomena are explored: empathy, objectivity and assertiveness, feedback, living the moment, and personality issues the director brings to the set. It is proposed that knowledge in these subjects can provide benefits to the director’s relationship with his/her team, thus making professional development possible.


Film directing; Actor-director relationship; Interpersonal relations; Psychology; Cinema

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