FILM DIRECTORS CAREER FACTS THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW

Today we explore some untold facts that pertain to the roles of Film Directors.

It is arguable that the director spends more time on a project than anyone else, considering that the director is one of the few positions that require intimate involvement during every stage of film production. Thus, the position of a director is widely considered to be a highly stressful and demanding one. It has been said that “20-hour days are not unusual.”

DUTIES/ RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create an overall vision through which a film eventually becomes realized/noticed
  • Overseeing the artistic and technical elements of film production
  • Directing the shooting timetable and meeting deadlines
  • Organizing the film crew in such a way as to achieve their vision of the film
  • Ensure an intended age rating

SKILLS

  • Group leadership skills
  • Ability to maintain a singular focus even in the stressful, fast-paced environment of a film set
  • Have an artistic eye to frame shots and to give precise feedback to cast and crew
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Conflict resolution skills in order to mediate whenever necessary

CHALLENGES

  • “A multi-dimensional jigsaw puzzle with egos and weather thrown in for good measure”.
  • The pressure that the success of a film can influence when and how they will work again.
  • Omnipresent are the boundaries of the films budget
  • A poor working relationship between a film director and an actor could possibly result in the director being replaced if the actor is a major film star.

CAREER PATHWAYS

Some directors start as screenwriters, film editors or actors.

EDUCATION

Directors attend a film school to “get formal training and education in their craft”. Film students generally study the basic skills used in making a film. This includes, for example, preparation, shot lists and storyboards, blocking, protocols of dealing with professional actors, and reading scripts. Some film schools are equipped with sound stages and post-production facilities. Besides basic technical and logistical skills, students also receive education on the nature of professional relationships that occur during film production. Future directors usually complete short films during their enrollment.

SALARIES

Directors are the second highly paid in the Filming Industry.

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