In a new episode of This is My Job, we speak with Paramount Animation president Mireille Soria, who most recently oversaw Wonder Park, a film that was already in production when she joined the studio in summer 2017.
This episode takes a slightly different approach than the format of previous entries in the series. Rather than explore the daily routines of a studio president, we focused the discussion around a rarely discussed topic: executive-side advice for younger and/or first-time feature film directors.
More than ever before, industry artists are angling to helm their first feature films, and in this highly competitive environment, artists who understand how to work effectively with executives hold the advantage. In our conversation, we asked Soria to offer advice to first-time directors about working with film executives, as well as discuss skills that a budding director should develop, how to delegate tasks as a director, and common mistakes that first-time directors make.