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Film Director Job Description

A film director is a person who supervises the actual making of a film. A film director analyzes the script of a film, envisages how the film should look, and instructs and directs the actors and technical crew on how to perform their parts to actualize the vision of the film.

A film director should be enthusiastic, well organized, creative, imaginative, analytical, disciplined and approachable, and have the ability to lead and motivate others, and manage stress. They should also be able to communicate effectively to explain information to others in the simplest of ways.

What does a Film Director do?

Film directors may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Film directors may work long and irregular hours including early mornings, evenings, midnights and weekends. They work in offices, film studios, and outdoors on filming locations. They may travel for production and be away from home for a period of time.

What is Required to Become a Film Director?

To become a film director, you will need to have good understanding of film production process. Many film directors worked their way up to the position from jobs such as runners or production assistants. Having a bachelor's degree in film, cinema or a related field is helpful.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Film directors need to have:


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