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"Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio"
Job Description - Part 1 - Duties and Tasks

Basic Job Description:

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

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Job Duties and Tasks for: "Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio"

1) Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.

2) Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crewmembers.


3) Study and research scripts in order to determine how they should be directed.

4) Cut and edit film or tape in order to integrate component parts into desired sequences.

5) Collaborate with film and sound editors during the post-production process as films are edited and soundtracks are added.


6) Confer with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.

7) Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.

8) Communicate to actors the approach, characterization, and movement needed for each scene in such a way that rehearsals and takes are minimized.

9) Establish pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.

10) Choose settings and locations for films and determine how scenes will be shot in these settings.

11) Identify and approve equipment and elements required for productions, such as scenery, lights, props, costumes, choreography, and music.

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12) Compile scripts, program notes, and other material related to productions.

13) Perform producers' duties such as securing financial backing, establishing and administering budgets, and recruiting cast and crew.

14) Select plays or scripts for production, and determine how material should be interpreted and performed.


15) Compile cue words and phrases, and cue announcers, cast members, and technicians during performances.

16) Consult with writers, producers, and/or actors about script changes, or "workshop" scripts, through rehearsal with writers and actors to create final drafts.

17) Review film daily in order to check on work in progress and to plan for future filming.

18) Collaborate with producers in order to hire crewmembers such as art directors, cinematographers, and costumer designers.

19) Interpret stage-set diagrams to determine stage layouts, and supervise placement of equipment and scenery.

20) Hold auditions for parts and/or negotiate contracts with actors determined suitable for specific roles, working in conjunction with producers.

21) Create and approve storyboards in conjunction with art directors.

22) Confer with stage managers in order to arrange schedules for rehearsals, costume fittings, and sound/light development.

23) Promote and market productions by giving interviews, participating in talk shows, and making other public appearances.

24) Introduce plays, and meet with audiences after shows in order to explain how the play was interpreted.

Job Description for "Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio" continued here...

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"Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio"   Holland / RIASEC Career Code:  A-E-S        SOC:  27-2012.02


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