I have been thinking about how much not to say. Explaining to my students that directing is different from conversation. A friend said the other day, “Just framing and casting is already a lot of directing.” That is a brilliant thought. That casting the actor, and then framing them, you have already made huge decisions and don’t necessarily need to “direct” the actor unless the scene needs to shift.
Just watched “Lust, Caution”. I think that Ang Lee is precise, emotional. He is a great artist. However I found the extreme graphic nature of the sex scenes a little distracting because all I could think of was whether they were really having sex. Sex scenes are hard. You go too far or you don’t go far enough. Either way unless it’s porn it’s fakery and even then it’s fakery. My favorite sex scene I ever shot is in “Angela”. I shot it from pretty far away and did no coverage. I felt like I shouldn’t be there at the time.