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Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio

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

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

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Fine Arts

      Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $52,200/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $25.10/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,100
    • Yearly Projected Openings 210
    Typical Education
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
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    • Stress Tolerance
    • Leadership
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Social Orientation
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    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.