Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Art Framing Manager
  • Artistic Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Associate Artistic Director
  • Commercial Director
  • Creative Director
  • Director
  • Drama Director
  • Dramatic Coach
  • Dramatic Director
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What They Do

  • Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crew members.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 costumer designers.
  • Collaborate with film and sound editors during the post-production process as films are edited and soundtracks are added.
  • Establish pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: EA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Recognition and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $66,230 with most people making between $21,870 and $118,180

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 269 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 86 replacement openings for approximately 86 total annual openings.



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