Is A Director?
(by AM Staff)
A director is the person
responsible for bringing a show to life. For example, when
a movie is being filmed, it is the director's job to piece
together the lighting, set, props, backgrounds, camera
angles and actor performances necessary to making the film
look good on the big screen.
The director is second in command, next to the movie's
producer. And while, other individuals may be
directly responsible for acting performances, lighting,
camera and set design, the director is ultimately
responsible for fitting all those different pieces
Perhaps most importantly, directors give direction to actors.
For example, if an actor has a fight scene with another
actor, the director may tell the actor to yell or screen,
position his body in certain ways, or change the scene
around entirely, turning the fight scene into a
stare-down, rather than an actual fight.
What Are The Director's Primary Responsibilities?
- Helping to edit the film in the post-production
phase (after all the filming has taken place).
- Helping the casting director find the right actors
for the roles in the production.
- Giving direction to actors.
The director’s most important role comes in the form
of shooting the film. It is the director’s job to take
the scenes in the script and bring them to life. In
order to make that happen, the director must blend the
principal actors, supporting actors, lighting crew, set
designers, costume designers into one organized and
One of the first duties of the director is to
aide the casting director in selecting the right actors
to perform in the production. This is, of course,
extremely important. Failure to place the right actors
in the right parts can make or break a film.
The director is the primary person who gives
directions and suggestions to actors, often called
notes, about how they should perform. If an actor
performs his role in a way that doesn’t quite fit the
scene, for instance, it is the director’s job to mold
that performance into one that does fit. The director
must navigate through the egos of well-paid actors to
get the performance he feels will work best in the
Producing a great scene includes producing great
scenery. In the end, the director is responsible for
looking into his camera and seeing what the audience
will eventually see. Therefore, the director must make
sure the lighting is right, the scenery is appealing,
the camera angles are appropriate and the movement is
Along with the director’s many roles, he must also
help to edit the film in the post-production phase
(after all the filming has taken place). Here, the
director will get his final chance to put the finishing
touches on what he hopes will be a successful,