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.
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.
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.
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.
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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