Directors: How to Classify Contemporary Filmmakers into Categories

Directors: Classifying Contemporary Filmmakers into Categories

Commercial Directors: Successful filmmakers who work in the mainstream and have largely made socially or artistically relevant movies that are critically acclaimed.

Commercial Directors: Successful but irrelevant filmmakers who work in the mainstream but make impersonal features that lack artistic or any other distinction but the box-office.

Out/In/Out Directors: Filmmakers who began their careers in the independent sector and have moved into mainstream (mass-oriented) narrative cinema.  Some of those filmmakers have been navigating careers rather smoothly, going back and forth between indie and commercial cinema.

Indie Directors: Filmmakers whose careers have begun andhave  larely remained in the indie sector, and/or directors who define themsleves–and are perceived–as independent