Film and Television Directors

Film directors, also called filmmakers, are considered to bear ultimate responsibility for the tone and quality of the films they work on. They interpret the stories and narratives presented in scripts and coordinate the filming of their interpretations. They are involved in preproduction, production, and postproduction. They audition, select, and rehearse the acting crew; they work on matters regarding set designs, musical scores, and costumes; and they decide on details such as where scenes should be shot (on a soundstage, on location in a rainforest, etc.), what backgrounds might be needed, and how special effects (such as computer-generated imagery, car crashes, or explosions) could be employed.


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