Jake Gyllenhaal's directing dreams

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed he would like to direct a film in the future, with the right project.

The Oscar-nominated Brokeback Mountain star said he would gladly head behind the camera, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"I am searching for an experience like that, but I have yet to be presumptuous enough," he told the audience at the Produced By: New York conference.

"My father said you really have to have it in your heart when telling a story [visually]," he continued, adding he'll know he's found his directorial debut "when my heart lines up with the material ... in a visual way."

Jake, who was an executive producer on police drama End Of Watch and produced edgy thriller Nightcrawler, said his parents - director Stephen and screenwriter mother Naomi Foner - have taught him lessons in filmmaking.

"I think that headaches and heartbreak are part of any job if you put your heart into it. I grew up with my parents behind the camera and that was the language that I knew," he said.

"It wasn't until later that I became an actor. I've aways been fascinated with the abrasion between the actors in front and the people behind the camera, and with balancing all the issues between the two."

The 33-year-old actor, who has starred in films such as Prisoners, Prince Of Persia and Donnie Darko, said he would be open to appearing on the small screen.

"Story is king. Whatever format you're telling your story in as long as it's a great story," he said.