Film & TV Director

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From Ava DuVernay all the way back to Orson Welles, the director has long been one of the most respected and influential forces in the film industry. Their purview is every part of a movie or television project: from the story, to the camera work, to the lighting, to the editing. While highly skilled professionals handle these specific areas, the director’s vision takes precedence in bringing a script to life as a full-fledged piece of art and entertainment. If you find yourself drawn to making movies on your smartphone with your friends, like Stephen Spielberg was 60 years ago with his Super 8 camera, you might consider a future in directing film or television. Directors are leaders who manage their teams as well as creators who are dedicated to making amazing forms of entertainment for others. Directors are creative, strong leaders, and communicators. They must also have some technical skills as well as solid decision-making ability. Some of the responsibilities of directors include, motivating and assisting their actors, reading and editing scripts, and assist with casting for projects. They also oversee rehearsals, coordinate camera, costume, and design crews. Directors are also apart of the financial, editing, and marketing processes. Although no degree is required to become a director, there are film schools that can assist you in learning the ins and outs of the industry and the processes of making films. Directors may simply begin their career by making short or lower budget films, or working in another job within the industry. Directing jobs are projected to grow at a rate of 5% for the decade ending in 2028.

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