Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
SOC: 27-2012.02

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
122,600 employed

Projected (2024):
133,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Art Framing Manager
  • Artistic Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Associate Artistic Director
  • Commercial Director
  • Creative Director
  • Director
  • Drama Director
  • Dramatic Coach
  • Dramatic Director
  • Editor
  • Independent Film Maker
  • Motion Picture Director
  • Music Video Director
  • News Production Supervisor
  • Newscast Director
  • Producer
  • Production Stage Manager
  • Program Arranger
  • Program Coordinator
  • Stage Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Television Director (TV Director)
  • Television Newscast Director
  • Television Producer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

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

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crew members.
  • Study and research scripts to determine how they should be directed.
  • Cut and edit film or tape to integrate component parts into desired sequences.
  • Collaborate with film and sound editors during the post-production process as films are edited and soundtracks are added.
  • Confer with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.
  • 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.
  • Establish pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.
  • Choose settings and locations for films and determine how scenes will be shot in these settings.
  • Identify and approve equipment and elements required for productions, such as scenery, lights, props, costumes, choreography, and music.
  • Compile scripts, program notes, and other material related to productions.
  • 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.
  • Compile cue words and phrases and cue announcers, cast members, and technicians during performances.
  • Consult with writers, producers, or actors about script changes or "workshop" scripts, through rehearsal with writers and actors to create final drafts.
  • Review film daily to check on work in progress and to plan for future filming.
  • Collaborate with producers to hire crew members, such as art directors, cinematographers, and costumer designers.
  • Interpret stage-set diagrams to determine stage layouts and supervise placement of equipment and scenery.
  • Hold auditions for parts or negotiate contracts with actors determined suitable for specific roles, working in conjunction with producers.
  • Create and approve storyboards in conjunction with art directors.
  • Confer with stage managers to arrange schedules for rehearsals, costume fittings, and sound or light development.
  • 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 graphics for television broadcasts.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Digital video cameras
  • Grass Valley Ignite Automated Production System
  • Lens finders
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Multimedia editing equipment
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Robotic cameras
  • Sound mixing equipment
  • Studio lighting systems
  • Tablet computers
  • Teleprompters
  • Vectorscopes
  • Video editing equipment
  • Video switchers
  • Waveform monitors
  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Avid Technology iNEWS
  • Avid Technology Media Composer
  • Avid Technology NewsCutter
  • Avid Technology Pro Tools
  • Broadcast Electronics AudioVAULT FleX
  • Chyron CAMIO
  • Content management system CMS software
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Facebook
  • Graphics creation software
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Ross Video XPression software
  • Scripting software
  • Sony Sound Forge software
  • Sony Vegas Pro
  • Twitter
  • YouTube


  • arts design entertainment sports and media


    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980