Role Description

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A film director orchestrates the artistic and dramatic aspects of a film, based on a screenplay. The role typically includes:

  • Realizing the overall artistic vision of the film.
  • Controlling the content and flow of the film's plot as defined by the screenplay.
  • Directing the performances of actors, both mechanically by putting them in certain positions (i.e. blocking), and dramatically by eliciting the required range of emotions.
  • Organizing and selecting the locations in which the film will be shot.
  • Managing technical details such as the positioning of cameras, the use of lighting, and the timing and content of the film's soundtrack.
  • Any other activity that defines or realizes the artistic vision the director has for the film.

In practice the director will delegate many of these responsibilities to other members of his or her film crew. For example, the director may describe the mood he wants from a scene, then leave it to other members of the film crew to find a suitable location, or to set up the appropriate lighting.