Profession video and motion picture director

Video and motion picture directors are responsible for the overall production of a movie or television program. They edit and translate the script into audiovisual images. Video and motion picture directors supervise and manage the film crew. They convey their creative vision on the actors, audio and video equipment operators, lighting technicians, etc and direct them. Video and motion picture directors also supervise the editing of the footage.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Investigative
  • Artistic / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Cinematography

    The science of recording light and electromagnetic radiation in order to create a motion picture. The recording can happen electronically with an image sensor or chemically on light sensitive materials such as film stock.

  • Film production process

    The various development stages of making a film, such as scriptwriting, financing, shooting, editing, and distribution.

  • Audiovisual equipment

    The characteristics and usage of different tools that stimulate the sight and audio senses.

  • Photography

    Art and practice of creating aesthetically appealing images by recording light or electromagnetic radiation.

  • Lighting techniques

    The characteristics of techniques used to create atmospheres and effects on camera or on stage; the equipment required and appropriate setup to use.

Skills

  • Develop creative ideas

    Developing new artistic concepts and creative ideas.

  • Study media sources

    Study various media sources such as broadcasts, print media, and online media in order to gather inspiration for the development of creative concepts.

  • Adapt to type of media

    Adapt to different types of media such as television, movies, commercials, and others. Adapt work to type of media, scale of production, budget, genres within type of media, and others.

  • Finish project within budget

    Make sure to stay within budget. Adapt work and materials to budget.

  • Lead cast and crew

    Lead a film or theatre cast and crew. Brief them about the creative vision, what they need to do and where they need to be. Manage day-to-day production activities to ensure things run smoothly.

  • Work with pre-production team

    Consult with the pre-production team about expectations, requirements, budget, etc.

  • Tell a story

    Tell a true or ficticious story so as to engage an audience, having them relate with the characters in the story. Keep the audience interested in the story and bring your point, if any, across.

  • Work with motion picture editing team

    Work together with the motion picture editing team during post-production. Make sure the finished product is according to specifications and creative vision.

  • Analyse a script

    Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.

  • Study relationships between characters

    Study characters in scripts and their relationships to each other.

  • Work with playwrights

    Work with writers through workshops or script development schemes.

  • Ensure visual quality of the set

    Inspect and amend the scenery and set-dressing to make sure the visual quality is optimal with in constraints of time, budget and manpower.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

  • Watch scenes

    Watch raw scenes and shots after shooting to ensure quality. Decide which shots will be used and what needs to be edited.

  • Work with the director of photography

    Work with the director of photography on the artistic and creative vision that needs to be followed during production of a movie or theatre production.

Optional knowledge and skills

attend read-through supervise camera crew operate a camera liaise with event sponsors attend rehearsals organise rehearsals adapt a script edit digital moving images perform video editing edit recorded sound help set rehearsal schedule supervise a script hire human resources supervise sound production coordinate rehearsals carry out auditions design lighting create production schedules set up cameras