How do you prepare as a director to direct your film? I like to learn by watching experts. Since I didn't have access to any tangible directors around me prior to the shoot, I sought out education online and through reading books.
Here are a selection of resources I used before shooting "51 Percent." Whether you think the film turned out well or not, these are still wonderful resources that I would recommend to anybody.
Michael Caine's Acting in Film Workshop series. There are 6 parts to this and I would advise you to sit through the lot, both for actors and directors (and writers):