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Film/Movie Director

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Bachelor's degree or higher +

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What They Do

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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:

  • Writes and edits news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.
  • 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.
  • Researches production topics using the internet, video archives, and other informational sources.
  • Reviews film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards.
  • Studies and researches scripts to determine how they should be directed.
  • 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.
  • Supervises and coordinates the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crew members.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • 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
  • Overnight travel
  • 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.
  • Artistic Director — Conceives, develops, and implements the artistic vision and focus of a theatre company.
  • Producer — Plans and coordinates various aspects of radio, television, stage or motion picture production, such as selecting scripts, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Television Producer (TV Producer)


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