Directors: Artists Vs. Craftsmen

Dale Pollack has provided validation for the theory of filmmaking as a collaborative effort, when he observed: “I know¬† I shouldn’t say this, but if you surround a first-time director with a great director of photography, editor, production design, and first assistant director, almost anyone can make a film.”

But Pollack did not address himself to the question of what it takes to the making of great films, or films as art works.

His statement may highlight the difference between filmmakers as genuine artists and those who are craftsmen, possessing to skills to make a movie.