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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Producers and Directors Career Video

About This Career

Produces or directs stage, television, radio, video, or film productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Performing Arts pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Plans details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.
  • Communicates to actors the approach, characterization, and movement needed for each scene in such a way that rehearsals and takes are minimized.
  • Directs live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.
  • Researches production topics using the internet, video archives, and other informational sources.
  • Studies and researches scripts to determine how they should be directed.
  • Reviews film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards.
  • Supervises and coordinates the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crew members.
  • Confers with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.
  • Performs management activities, such as budgeting, scheduling, planning, and marketing.
  • Consults with writers, producers, or actors about script changes or "workshop" scripts, through rehearsal with writers and actors to create final drafts.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Multimedia Producer
  • Production Director — Brings together the many complex pieces of a production - the script, actors, set, costuming, lighting and sound and music - into a unified whole.
  • Executive Producer
  • News Producer
  • Radio Producer
  • Television News Producer (TV News Producer)
  • Television Producer (TV Producer)
  • Director
  • Artistic Director — Conceives, develops, and implements the artistic vision and focus of a theatre company.


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