Film & media director

Directors are responsible for managing the creative aspects of performing arts productions, such as movies, television shows, and live theatre shows; a position as a director may be as the head director, or an assistant director. They guide actors in how best to play their characters. They work with producers to manage the production, but ultimately directors answer to the producer.

Duties and tasks

  • Assist with postproduction changes to the film by editors
  • Audition and select a cast and crew
  • Direct the crew and manage the schedule, equipment, script, and set
  • Ensure that the project is completed the way the producer and director desire
  • Manage rehearsals and work with actors
  • Research and choose scripts

Skills required

  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Organisation
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Time Management
  • Writing

Working conditions

Directors work under a great amount of pressure, and can have long periods of unemployment between projects. They will work both in studio settings as well as outdoors, in all kinds of weather; this varies according to their specialised field. Directors can work long, irregular hours with variable schedules. They may travel to different locations, and even different countries, depending upon where films and shows are shot.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance

The Creative Industry Skills Council

Related jobs and job titles

  • Film Director
  • Movie Director
  • Radio or Television Director
  • Stage Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Theatrical Director