So I start directing my episode of Smallville in exactly 87 days and I must say that I am in a bit of a panic.

Not as bad as I was last year, I feel a little more confident in myself and my ability. But still, there is a general sense of “HOLY SHIT WHAT THE FUCK AM I DOING” going on here. So I have decided to make yet another public commitment!
I am going to utilize the fantastic support of this community to hold me accountable to doing my directing homework. Everyday I am going to do one thing that helps me understand something new about directing and I will post what that thing is on this site. So if you wanna follow along on my virtual hike to become a more skilled leader, you can check in with me while I check in with you and see what in the world I am doing to become better at this job I have taken on!
If you wanna learn alongside me, please feel free and comment as much as you like on the Directing Countdown Forum Section. All you will need are some scripts to work with and a few books, and then from time to time an actual project to film and share!
Check out Script-o-rama to get your hands on whatever scripts you wanna work on!
Click here to check out day 1!

Add yours Comments – 38

  • Lydia

    on August 13, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    It’s very nice of you that you’re going to share the process and that you’re encouraging and making it possible for other creative souls to participate and learn.

    Enjoy (learning and) directing and I wish you good luck and fun.

    Thumbs up!:-)

  • arash

    on August 13, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    your Day 1 links to nowhere, are you working on it ?

  • Wally West

    on August 13, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Good luck on directing! You know that we will def support you throughout the whole process =)

  • Billy George

    on August 13, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Wow, Allison that’s so cool. Thanks for share your job with us. I know that we all are going to help you, a little but very helpful. So… CONGRATULATIONS for directing. And have a nice day. Querer te.

  • taylor nikole

    on August 13, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    aww dude…
    lemee just say i find you fuckin’ amazing…
    and fascinating πŸ™‚
    well due to your ideas and projects…
    yes im feeling like complementing tonight πŸ™‚

    I have a friend who is really into filming… and directing and camera work… its fascinating πŸ™‚
    I told him i wanted him to teach me a few things haha
    hmm he never did, but hey
    i’m up for learning πŸ™‚

    hahah 87 days…
    you are going to do just fine πŸ™‚
    you’ve done so much… built this community, been able to share your opinons to the most complicated questions to answer… and make sense…

    directing… pshhh
    you got it girl…
    and the support πŸ™‚

    I have like 100 pages of this book left called audition… and my acting coach wants me to have it read by like tomorrow… have my script memorize and my script breakdown done..
    and i have to finish a scrapbook for my best friends 18th b day…
    anyone else procrastinate way to much… to the point of just all out stress?

    <3 taylor nikole

  • Tabitha

    on August 13, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Hey Ali,

    I am a student working in the film section…It’s a really cool thing but I tink basically, directing is about being a people person and how or what can you do to make em do what u want em to do for you. It’s about how far u can and want to push the team to make a perfect film…

  • Anthony V.

    on August 14, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Dont stress out over it Allison. You’re going to do a great job. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us. I hope I can learn something along side with you as well…so I guess i should look up those scripts huh πŸ™‚

  • Robin Hebert

    on August 14, 2008 at 12:31 am

    If your directing is anything like your acting, you’ll do great!

  • Stephanie

    on August 14, 2008 at 3:59 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your directing journy with us, I think you will do amazing!


    on August 14, 2008 at 5:48 am

    I think at you all it will turn out:)

  • Jennifer

    on August 14, 2008 at 6:12 am

    Good Luck directing Allison. Try to relax and have fun,enjoy every moment of it. Your going to do an amazing job. =)

  • Amanda

    on August 14, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Congrats on directing! You know your cast and crew as well or better than any director on Smallville staff, which means you know exactly what the actors need to best interpret the script. So, enjoy this time of learning and go kick some serious butt directing!! I can’t wait to see it!

  • Jo

    on August 14, 2008 at 7:44 am

    No Worries Allison!! You will do an amazing job! You’ll probably put the other “boys” to shame!! πŸ™‚

  • viviane

    on August 14, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I Allison … We are also awaiting eager to see his work, do not worry, I am sure you will be out very well because you are a very talented person … I am sure the fans will love smallville of this episode!
    good luck! πŸ˜‰

    love you!
    viviane Brazil… πŸ™‚

  • Jackie

    on August 14, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Awesome! Ure directing Smallville!?!?
    Don’t worry! U’ll do great!!!!!!!!!!
    I can’t wait for season 8!!!
    haha……….THAT RYHMES MAN!!!!
    i am a poet and i dont even know it…lol.
    k, ill stop. lol. l8rs. : )

  • Marilyne

    on August 14, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Great! Directing has always been a part of production that really interests me. So I’m really happy to see that you’ll share your journey and learning with us! thx

  • Smallvillekent

    on August 14, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Hi Allison,
    Thanks for sharing your directing debut with us. You are a great actress one of my favorites. Chloe is one of the resonds that I watch Smallville. I am sure your directing talents will be just as good. Relax and enjoy the ride. Also Chloe and Clarks relationship on Smallville has always bin the best on the show I hope their love will grow after Clark reads her letter. All the best, Peter

  • me Rachel

    on August 14, 2008 at 11:10 am

    This will be amazing to be able to lean what it is like to direct and actual show. Thank you Mis Mack for letting us in.

  • Brittany

    on August 14, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Hey Allison!!!! I’m so excited for you! Thanks for sharing this great process with us! You’ll do great! And we’ll be here to support you along the ride! I would love to do that kind of stuff. I’m the one directing most of the times when we film things for school or whatsoever! So Congratulations! I’m so lost with Smallville. I haven’t watched any episodes from sesaon 7 but I restarted from season 1 throughout to 4. I just started season 4. I bought all of them. But as soon as season 7 comes out on dvd I’m buying it! Ok well have a great day! And don’t worry you’ll do an excellent job on directing this episode because you are amazingly talented, and intelligent, and creative and I could go on forever! 100% support from Brittany

  • Gaia

    on August 14, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Hi! I’ll looking forward it! It’ll be great! I made a video for you today πŸ™‚ I’d like if you could let me know if you like it.

  • anita

    on August 14, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Oh I am so glad to see your time come to direct. your a very talented person it will all come out in the show you direct of smallville,not that we your fans dont see your talent in all the shows that you are in,that is why you have so many people behind you because of YOU..Go for it,neetsie

  • Robin

    on August 14, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Thank you for letting us all tag along on your directing journey, hopefully this will showcase just what directing entails.

    I wish you all the best, just embrace the chance of a lifetime…who knows where it may lead…

    And as always…have fun with it



  • andrea AM

    on August 14, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    dreams really do come true

  • Kal-El's Dad

    on August 14, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Congrats Allison on your directing debut. I am happy and sad at the same time. Happy that you are expanding your knowledge of the film making process, but very sad that this is the last season of Smallville. The world will be a dimmer place on the day it ends. I just wish I could finish my screenplay so that I could get the same feelings you are having with your directing. I am at such a block it is discusting. I would love to be at the point that I could say I was directing, but it is not my time yet.
    PS. I really am Kal-El’s dad. I know I am an UBERGEEK….LOL. I have an 8 y.o. son and he is proud to have the name of Kal-El.

  • Eddie

    on August 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    My Advice.. Just a few simple things to start with.
    1.) Read the script…re-read the script…read it again…picture the scene as you think it is intended in the script.
    2.) There will be a million different things pulling you in each direction. Don’t get distracted. Stay focused of the task at hand.
    3.)Plan out a shotlist of each scene..who is in it..what location does it take place at..and so forth..
    4.) put your personal feelings aside for who you work with..including the actors and crew.
    5.) Most importantly allow creative freedom on the set. If someone has an idea try it.. Makes all the difference in the editing room.
    6.)And finally..Make the shots count.. take each scene in multiple directions..multiple ways…that way you have plenty of material in the editing room to work with so you can start to build some continuity to your scenes as you are putting them together..the worst feeling and problem with directing is when you are in the editing room and you realize you are going to have to re-shoot a scene.

    My thoughts in a nutshell….I know you will do great πŸ™‚

  • Kathy

    on August 14, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    I think you are going to be wonderful at directing! After all, great actors make great directors :):)

  • Taty

    on August 14, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Congratulations! That is great news. Good luck! πŸ™‚

  • Bouroux

    on August 14, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Allison,
    Thanks for sharing your directing debut with us.
    When you receive the scrip?
    As you clues about the episode?

    The actors receive shortly before the shooting. Do you keep to yourself the scrip without being able to share it with other actors?
    Directing an episode is multiply the pleasure of creation. Plus there will be characters, there will be more creations.
    Do you want an episode with a lot of players to lead, or vice versa?


  • Raven

    on August 14, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    I’m very excited to see the episode you are will do awesome at it I know it! thanks for keeping us up to date on things =)

  • Daisy

    on August 14, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Hi Allison, I’m so glad to hear that you will actually be directing this season. I’m so excited for you. I know you will do a fantastic job just like your other castmates have done. I can’t wait to learn more on how the directing process works. Oh and and start off by not panicking, just take a deep breath and know that we are all here to support you:).

  • GothDogface

    on August 14, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    First of all, never really took you for someone that curses, but its all good, lol. I’m sure you’ll do just fine with directing your ep of Smallville. Just hang in there and everything will work itself out. But, if ya need to vent, or just chat with someone, and have the time, you’re more than welcome to shoot me a line or two.

    Keep up the good work. Can’t wait to see all the new eps of season 8.

    Two Thumbs Up!!!


  • kadosho

    on August 14, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Just wanted to wish you the best with directing an episode. Its something to see how many people make the series work, with each new episode. Give it all you’ve got Allison!

  • Scott123

    on August 17, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Well, this is cool. As an amateur film maker, I always try to remember two things:
    Celebrate all of the artists around you.
    Have fun with the camera!
    The rest of it -I think- you already know.

    Your friend in compulsive filmmaking,

  • James Pate

    on August 22, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Looking forward to seeing it, Allison! But you’ve been acting for some time, and you already know the cast and crew, so it should turn out well.

    P.S. I watched the 7th Heaven with you on it. I could see Chloe there in some scenes, and not others.

  • Eldave

    on August 23, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Hola Allison espero que sepas espaΓ±ol,de otra forma sera un poco complicado que logres entender,Dime,que se siente?que se siente ser adorado por muchas personas sin saber si te adoran como persona o solo al personaje que interpretas en una serie,no me lo tomes a mal,yo pienso que debes de ser una persona carismatica,creativa y de mas esta decir que hermosa,como dije anteriormente,o al menos intente decir,es que te he dibujado varias veces,y pienso que no hay muchas personas capas de ejesticular como lo haces tu.Soy joven pero lo que he aprendido en mi corta vida,es que mientras la belleza disminuye con el pasar de los aΓ±os,la creatividad se incrementa,cada vez que es estimulada.Pareces una persona muy creativa,se ve en tu rostro,y la verdad es que a penas te conozco,solo de dibujarte unas cuantas veces y verte en la television.tienes un brillo especial en el rostro,pero a veces,pareciera que fingieras toda esa felicidad que aparentas,espero sinceramente que este totalmente equivocado,buena suerte.
    David Ezequiel Lozano.

  • Lou

    on August 24, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed your acting on Smallville and I’m very glad you feel ready to take on this challenge! I wouldn’t bother make suggestions to someone working in the field. That would be silly. But I do wish you the best of luck. Who knows? You may get really into the whole commander mode. πŸ˜‰

  • A.J.

    on August 24, 2008 at 8:28 pm


    just have faith in yourself. You’ll be fine. I think it’s cool you’re directing an episode of Smallville. Look to your peers for advice, have fun, and I know you’ll be fine. Looking forward to watching your masterpiece/finished product. I know it’ll be an awesome episode! πŸ˜‰


  • Nick

    on November 7, 2008 at 4:26 pm


    Hi Allison I just wanted to write and say I hope you have a great time directing your first episode of Smallville. I also enjoyed the Youtube videos.