Directors work in both theatre and screen.
Some may specialise in one or the other, while others may cross over into both.
A director’s prime responsibility is to create a unified, artistic vision for the piece.
That is to say, a director conceives an overall concept for the look, feel and interpretation of a script and works out how to implement those ideas in the media they’re working in.
To help him/her implement their ideas, a director usually works with a range of collaborators (actors, producers, lighting and sound technicians, designers and so on).
The director is in charge and directs these collaborators to achieve his/her goals for the work.
While there are significant differences between theatre and screen directing, some principles are common to both. Importantly, the director is usually the key decision maker in the project’s execution.
So a director may make choices around:
In the midst of these practical challenges, a director is also a creative. Many of a director’s decisions are about the creative product or creative outcome of the piece and for a director, much thought goes into the creative aspects of the work before they’ve even made contact with actors or technical collaborators.
A director is a multi-skilled artist, able to unite organisational and leadership skills with creative output.
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