Film Director

Job Description

In the motion picture industry, film directors are in charge of all creative decisions made in the production of a movie, from the beginning stages to the final edits. They need to oversee and work with multiple people and aspects of film, including budgets, actors, camera and lighting crew, designers and editors. Many directors work in Hollywood, but others work around the country, directing for television or video production companies, or in the advertising industry.

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Work hours for directors can be long and irregular. Evening, weekend, and holiday work is common. Some work more than 40 hours per week. Many directors do not work a standard work week, because their schedules may change with each assignment or project.


Although no formal education is really necessary to become a film director, aspiring directors may want to consider earning a degree at a film school. Degrees in film production, acting, or directing can help students learn the ins and outs of the movie industry as well as gain some experience. By the time that most students graduate from film school, they will usually have several student films under their belts.

Consider a Bachelor's degree in film, cinema or a related field.


  • Adventurous
  • Articulate
  • Communicator
  • Imaginative
  • Interpersonal
  • Organised
  • Passionate
  • Versatile

Key Skills

  • Read & Interpret
  • Auditioning Actors
  • Selection Process
  • Scenes
  • Budgets
  • Guidance
  • Framing & Composition

Future Prospects

Career advancement in this field can lead to other roles such as:

  • Executive Film Director