Wedio teamed up with multi-award-winning freelance director Josh Cawthorn. Find out what it means to be a film director and how you can become one!

Film Directing:
Become a Film Director with Josh Cawthorn

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Film directing: A professional's insider tips

Interested in Film directing? Meet your new instructor Josh Cawthorn, who will go through the corners of directing a film in this Masterclass session.






Prep & shoot




Josh' story


Getting started




Directing style


Skills needed




Interesting projects


Worst moments


The future


Meet Your Instructor


What you’ll learn

What a Film director does.

The importance of a storyboard.

The importance of networking.

The importance of a showreel.

The importance of confidence.

Why it's key to build relationships.

Masterclass Chapters

The director Josh Cawthorn, through this masterclass, is going to teach us what it means to be a director and how we can become one.

Prep and shoot

During the pre-production stage, Josh brings his ideas to life. And never without using a storyboard. He finds the crew and the shooting location. On the shoot, he makes sure that everyone feels comfortable. He makes sure everyone follows the story.


Josh tells us that he likes to get involved in the post-production process, especially the edit. He considers this process essential, as some elements reveal themselves.

How did Josh become a director?

From a young age, he knew he wanted to be one. He always wanted to make films, and he considers himself lucky to have become one. He then gives some tips on how to become one.

How to be a director?

For Josh, taking yourself is crucial in being a director. Having a showreel is especially important to tell people what work you have accomplished.

Who does a film director work with?

As a director, he works closely with the client who ordered the film, and according to him, keeping a close relation to the client, the crew filming, and the talent is essential.

Did Josh always want to be a director?

Josh tells us that he hesitated between becoming a director of photography and being a director. Being a visual director, he quickly realized that he was destined to become one.

How would Josh describe your directing style?

Josh describes his directing style as having a documentary edge, meaning he believes in telling honest and short stories.

Skills needed

One of the first skills needed is management and knowing how to be in charge. But also leading teams, being confident, without being obnoxious. Working with honesty with all the different crew is of importance.


His biggest inspiration is him. He is not saying this in an arrogant sense, but he says this as he fears missing out (FOMO). And this fear pushes him to work harder and better daily.

Most interesting projects

Josh shares with us his most interesting projects. Starting with a commercial he shot in Finland for Bentley.

Most significant moments

Josh tells us the most significant moments of his career, including working on big projects with Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

Some of the worst moments

Sadly, sometimes things don't go as planned. Josh shares some of the worst moments before wrapping up to tell us about his future ambitions and projects.

About Your Instructor

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Josh Cawthorn

Freelance Director

London, United Kingdom

“You get only 4,000 weeks on this earth, choose a job you love.“

Josh Cawthorn is a film director, a freelance video director and editor, producer, and DOP. In this interview, you can hear about his childhood dream turning into something real!

His expertise lies mainly in documentary filmmaking, shorts, music videos, or commercial work. You can see his passion for documentaries reflect in more than his documentaries. He lives in London. His clients include Sky, Nike, Visa, and the Mayor of London.

He is a multi-award-winning director and has also worked for BBC, Channel 4, and ITV. In this video, we explore the life of a film director. What being a film director means, how to become a film director, or what skills are needed for this exciting job.

If you are interested in hearing about some of his work, techniques, inspiration, best or the worst moments, let’s not wait any longer!

If you enjoyed this masterclass, check out our complete guide about film directing, featuring the British director James Kent!