What makes a good director... this is where I start: The director is the Captain of the ship. They need a strong ability to visualize and a strong solid overall vision for a project, project management, personnel management, leadership, the ability to explain their vision properly to others, the ability to listen, a strong understanding of all the areas and disciplines required to bring their vision through to delivery, knowing that something can or can't be done within the time & finances allocated... A good director needs to be a good story teller. A good Director needs to know when an actor's performance has peaked and when to stop pushing, or when to step in and pull that last bit from the actor. A good Director has to know when to just sit back and let the actors run with it while knowing when to reign them in again. A good Director knows how to make an actor comfortable enough to step out of their comfort zone in order to get the best from them. Actors need to trust the director. If an actor cannot trust a director, they won't deliver a quality performance.. Directing is more than just calling action. Directing is a very difficult job. It starts the minute the project starts and ends after Delivery. A good director needs to be able to edit a script, understand music and its impact on a scene. know when to add the right sound effect to build an emotional moment. A good director needs to understand the emotion and technical impart of a given camera angle and movement. They need to understand editorial pacing and how it will impact and affect the story. A good Director cannot do everything... they need to know when to delegate to trusted crew and cast, to let the team have the space they need to create as well, while assuring it all fits into the final project.