What do Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio do?

Interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, television, or radio programs.

  • Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crewmembers.
  • Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.
  • Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.
  • Confer with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.
  • Compile cue words and phrases, and cue announcers, cast members, and technicians during performances.
  • Establish pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.
  • Identify and approve equipment and elements required for productions, such as scenery, lights, props, costumes, choreography, and music.
  • Consult with writers, producers, or actors about script changes, or "workshop" scripts, through rehearsal with writers and actors to create final drafts.
  • Select plays or scripts for production, and determine how material should be interpreted and performed.
  • Study and research scripts to determine how they should be directed.
  • Communicate to actors the approach, characterization, and movement needed for each scene in such a way that rehearsals and takes are minimized.
  • Collaborate with producers to hire crewmembers such as art directors, cinematographers, and costumer designers.
  • Collaborate with film and sound editors during the post-production process as films are edited and soundtracks are added.
  • Create graphics for television broadcasts.
  • Choose settings and locations for films and determine how scenes will be shot in these settings.
  • Cut and edit film or tape to integrate component parts into desired sequences.
  • Interpret stage-set diagrams to determine stage layouts, and supervise placement of equipment and scenery.
  • Confer with stage managers to arrange schedules for rehearsals, costume fittings, and sound/light development.
  • Hold auditions for parts or negotiate contracts with actors determined suitable for specific roles, working in conjunction with producers.
  • Compile scripts, program notes, and other material related to productions.
  • Review film daily to check on work in progress and to plan for future filming.
  • Create and approve storyboards in conjunction with art directors.
  • Promote and market productions by giving interviews, participating in talk shows, and making other public appearances.
  • Perform producers' duties such as securing financial backing, establishing and administering budgets, and recruiting cast and crew.
  • Introduce plays, and meet with audiences after shows to explain how the play was interpreted.

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Necessary Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Coordination
  • Time Management
  • Critical Thinking

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