Producers & Directors

Producers & Directors

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Producers & Directors

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Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or film productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.

Working conditions


  1. Write and edit news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.
  2. Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.
  3. Communicate to actors the approach, characterization, and movement needed for each scene in such a way that rehearsals and takes are minimized.
  4. Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.
  5. Coordinate the activities of writers, directors, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.
  6. Study and research scripts to determine how they should be directed.
  7. Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crew members.
  8. Confer with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.
  9. Research production topics using the internet, video archives, and other informational sources.See more occupations related to this task.
    Review film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards.
  10. Consult with writers, producers, or actors about script changes or “workshop” scripts, through rehearsal with writers and actors to create final drafts.See more occupations related to this task.
  11. Identify and approve equipment and elements required for productions, such as scenery, lights, props, costumes, choreography, and music.
  12. Establish pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.
  13. Conduct meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure production objectives are attained.
  14. Compile scripts, program notes, and other material related to productions.See more occupations related to this task.
  15. Perform administrative duties, such as preparing operational reports, distributing rehearsal call sheets and script copies, and arranging for rehearsal quarters.
  16. Resolve personnel problems that arise during the production process by acting as liaisons between dissenting parties when necessary.
  17. Arrange financing for productions.
  18. Perform management activities, such as budgeting, scheduling, planning, and marketing.
  19. Compose and edit scripts or provide screenwriters with story outlines from which scripts can be written.
  20. Negotiate with parties, including independent producers and the distributors and broadcasters who will be handling completed productions.
  21. Cut and edit film or tape to integrate component parts into desired sequences.
  22. Choose settings and locations for films and determine how scenes will be shot in these settings.See more occupations related to this task.
    Review film daily to check on work in progress and to plan for future filming.
  23. Obtain rights to scripts or to such items as existing video footage.
  24. Write and submit proposals to bid on contracts for projects.
  25. Develop marketing plans for finished products, collaborating with sales associates to supervise product distribution.
  26. Hire principal cast members and crew members, such as art directors, cinematographers, and costume designers.
  27. Hold auditions for parts or negotiate contracts with actors determined suitable for specific roles.
  28. Select plays, scripts, books, news content, or ideas to be produced.

Top Skills

  • Reading Comprehension.
  • Instructing.
  • Writing.
  • Speaking.
  • Active Listening.
  • Critical Thinking.
  • Persuasion.
  • Learning Strategies.
  • Monitoring.
  • Judgment and Decision Making.
  • Complex Problem Solving.
  • Service Orientation.
  • Social Perceptiveness.
  • Time Management.
  • Coordination.
  • Management of Personnel Resources.
  • Negotiation.
  • Active Learning.


Bachelor degree in Communication , Journalism and other related education, Visual and performing arts, Radio, Television, and Digital Communication Drama, Theatre Arts and Stagecraft , Directing and Filming, Public Relations, Organizational Communication, Advertising, and Applied Communication.

Average Salary‚Äč

11300/ Month

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