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Film Director
“That Was Dramatic”
Develops the vision for a film, decides how it should look, what tone it should have, and what an audience should gain from the experience.
The Job
Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They also interpret scripts, audition and select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of cast and crew. They approve the design elements of a production, including the sets, costumes, choreography, and music. Assistant directors cue the performers and technicians, telling them when to make entrances or light, sound, or set changes. Directors work closely with film producers, who are responsible for both artistic and non-artistic elements of the film, such as, script approval, financing, casting notes, contract negotiation and marketing. The director may also be responsible to adhere to budgets, union work rules, and create production schedules.
Work Environment
Can work in office and film settings small and large and directors are normallly under constant pressure. Directors can also meet with the media financial backers.
College Majors
Radio and television broadcasting, communications, film, theater, drama, or dramatic literature. Master of Fine Arts
Minimum Qualifications
Many qualify to become directors through acting, experience, and talent, but many producers want a director with an industry related college degree.
Personality traits helpful for this career
directors and producers need talent and creativity. They also need business intelligience.
Quick Facts
  • Directors often start out as actors but many also have formal training in directing.
  • Many directors face stress from the continual need to find their next job.
  • Work in college radio or television stations, or with local community theater groups provides good experienc.
  • In some cases film directors do not have absolute artistic control.
  • National Association of Schools of Theater, Internet:
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of producers and directors were $64,430 in 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $41,890 and $105,070. Median annual wages were $85,940 in the motion picture and video industry and $55,380 in radio and television broadcasting.
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