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  • Writer's pictureXander Ross

Unlocking Creativity: How Doodling Enhances My Directorial Skills

During a brief respite between production meetings, I found myself rummaging through my drawers. Amidst the clutter, I stumbled upon an old empty sketchbook—a relic from when I envisioned myself illustrating comics.

Without much hesitation, I ended up picking up some pens and pencils and sketching a few doodles.

Why Doodling Matters:

1. Creative Outlet: Doodling isn't just idle scribbling; it's a powerful creative outlet. As directors, we often grapple with complex concepts and abstract ideas. Doodling provides a canvas where imagination flows freely. Those seemingly random lines and shapes can spark innovative solutions and fresh perspectives.

2. Visual Skills: As storytellers, we communicate through visuals. Doodling sharpens our visual acuity. It trains our eyes to observe details—the play of light, the curve of a smile, the tension in a scene. These skills translate seamlessly into storyboarding, shot composition, and visual storytelling.

3. Concept Communication: Ever tried explaining a complex shot sequence verbally? It's like describing a symphony to someone who's never heard music. Doodling bridges that gap. A quick sketch can convey camera angles, blocking, and character movement more effectively than words alone. It's our secret language—the shorthand of directors.

As directors, we wear many hats—visionaries, communicators, and architects of worlds. Our doodles aren't mere squiggles; they're blueprints for cinematic magic.

So, fellow directors, embrace your inner artist. Let your doodles breathe life into your

ideas, and watch them transform from paper to screen.

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