Author: Bethany Rooney

Bethany Rooney

In an environment where less than ten percent of dramas on television are directed by women, Bethany Rooney has enjoyed a long and esteemed career. She has directed over one hundred and fifty episodes of prime-time network shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, and Private Practice. For cable television, she has directed In Plain Sight, Weeds, and Drop Dead Diva. She began her directing career on the 1980’s iconic television show, St. Elsewhere, where she had served as associate producer. She has also directed eight television movies, including three Danielle Steel adaptations for NBC. Her movies have earned reviews such as the following from Variety: “Bethany Rooney’s sensitive direction makes for some vivid and understated moments,” and the Hollywood Reporter noted her “carefully paced and involving direction (featuring) magnificent acting.” She has directed Oscar winners and contenders Denzel Washington, Hilary Swank, Mary Tyler Moore, Angela Bassett, George Clooney, Alfre Woodard, Felicity Huffman, Sally Field, and Robert Downey Jr., among many others. She is also the author of The Director Tells the Story.

Posts by Bethany Rooney:

directing actors

VIDEO: When an actor isn’t giving the right performance

by Bethany Rooney

Television Director Bethany Rooney talks about communicating effectively to get the most out of your actors. FilmSkills is the visual way to learn filmmaking. Online training videos available 24/7.

directing

VIDEO: Establishing Shots

by Bethany Rooney

Successful Television Director Bethany Rooney discusses how making effective and discriminating establishing shot choices helps the viewer develop a sense of time and place. FilmSkills is the visual way to learn filmmaking. Online training videos available 24/7.

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