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What do Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio do?

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

What are the Main Tasks of Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio?

  • Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crewmembers.
  • Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.
  • Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.
  • Confer with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.
  • Compile cue words and phrases, and cue announcers, cast members, and technicians during performances.
  • Establish pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.
  • Identify and approve equipment and elements required for productions, such as scenery, lights, props, costumes, choreography, and music.
  • Consult with writers, producers, or actors about script changes, or "workshop" scripts, through rehearsal with writers and actors to create final drafts.
  • Select plays or scripts for production, and determine how material should be interpreted and performed.
  • Study and research scripts to determine how they should be directed.
  • Communicate to actors the approach, characterization, and movement needed for each scene in such a way that rehearsals and takes are minimized.
  • Collaborate with producers to hire crewmembers such as art directors, cinematographers, and costumer designers.
  • Collaborate with film and sound editors during the post-production process as films are edited and soundtracks are added.
  • Create graphics for television broadcasts.
  • Choose settings and locations for films and determine how scenes will be shot in these settings.
  • Cut and edit film or tape to integrate component parts into desired sequences.
  • Interpret stage-set diagrams to determine stage layouts, and supervise placement of equipment and scenery.
  • Confer with stage managers to arrange schedules for rehearsals, costume fittings, and sound/light development.
  • Hold auditions for parts or negotiate contracts with actors determined suitable for specific roles, working in conjunction with producers.
  • Compile scripts, program notes, and other material related to productions.
  • Review film daily to check on work in progress and to plan for future filming.
  • Create and approve storyboards in conjunction with art directors.
  • Promote and market productions by giving interviews, participating in talk shows, and making other public appearances.
  • Perform producers' duties such as securing financial backing, establishing and administering budgets, and recruiting cast and crew.
  • Introduce plays, and meet with audiences after shows to explain how the play was interpreted.
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