What is a Film Director?

Film Director Job Description

Film directors are responsible for developing an artistic vision for a film production. They must work with producers, writers, cast members, crew members, designers and other professionals in order to implement that vision.



Typical Job Duties

• Liaise with producers and screenwriters in order to discuss shots and any necessary changes to the script

• Liaise with art director to review and approve storyboards

• Identify needed sets, costumes, props and locations

• Consult with producers regarding the hiring of crew members, such as costume and set designers

• Consult with producers and casting directors regarding the auditioning and hiring of cast members

• Give artistic instruction to cast members

• Consult with cinematographer regarding desired mood, textures, contrasts and other atmospheric elements

• Develop working budget and shooting schedule



Scholarships for Becoming a Film Director

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Film Director. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our All Scholarships by Major page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Film Director. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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