Job description of a film director

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Job description of a film director
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Film directors are part manager, part artist. They oversee everything on a movie set and have to realise their artistic vision at the same time.

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Who You'll Work With

Directors work with actors, set designers, costumiers, editors and lighting technicians. They deal with everyone from the make-up artists and tech workers to cinematographers and art directors.

Job description of a film director
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What You'll Do

A director’s work begins in preproduction, when he works on casting and the script. He oversees filming and designs every scene. He coaches actors with their performances. In post-production, he oversees the editing of the movie and cuts it together into one cohesive story.

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What You'll Need

An eye for art and a sense of timing, sound and structure are essential. You must be able to talk anyone into anything, whether by yelling, pleading or fast-talking.

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Directors versus Producers

The director is different than the producer. A producer is basically an entrepreneur. He controls the financial aspects of a movie, including setting the cost of filming the movie and finding backers to pay for it. A director is often at the mercy of the producer, as without his money, the director might be unable to work.

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Fun Fact

Total Film Magazine named Alfred Hitchcock the most influential director in the world in 2007. He was followed on the list by Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.

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