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Film/Movie Director  What They Do

Just the Facts


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

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


A person in this career:

  • Supervises and coordinates the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crewmembers.
  • Plans details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.
  • Directs live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.
  • Confers with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.
  • Compiles cue words and phrases, and cues announcers, cast members, and technicians during performances.
  • Establishes pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.
  • Identifies and approves equipment and elements required for productions, such as scenery, lights, props, costumes, choreography, and music.
  • Consults with writers, producers, or actors about script changes, or workshop scripts, through rehearsal with writers and actors to create final drafts.
  • Selects plays or scripts for production, and determines how material should be interpreted and performed.
  • Studies and researches scripts to determine how they should be directed.

Insider Info

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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 involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third 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 up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel
  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

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  • Dramatic Coach -- Coaches performers in acting techniques.
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  • Newscast Director -- Responsible for successfully presenting a newscast on the air.