CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Directors-Stage, Motion Picture, Television

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Directors-Stage, Motion Picture, Television
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, television, or radio programs. Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.
 
Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crewmembers.
 
Study and research scripts to determine how they should be directed.
 
Cut and edit film or tape to integrate component parts into desired sequences.
 
Collaborate with film and sound editors during the post-production process as films are edited and soundtracks are added.
 
Confer with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.
 
Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.
 
Communicate to actors the approach, characterization, and movement needed for each scene in such a way that rehearsals and takes are minimized.
 
Establish pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.
 
Choose settings and locations for films and determine how scenes will be shot in these settings.
 
Identify and approve equipment and elements required for productions, such as scenery, lights, props, costumes, choreography, and music.
 
Compile scripts, program notes, and other material related to productions.
 
Perform producers' duties such as securing financial backing, establishing and administering budgets, and recruiting cast and crew.
 
Select plays or scripts for production, and determine how material should be interpreted and performed.
 
Compile cue words and phrases, and cue announcers, cast members, and technicians during performances.
 
Consult with writers, producers, or actors about script changes, or "workshop" scripts, through rehearsal with writers and actors to create final drafts.
 
Review film daily to check on work in progress and to plan for future filming.
 
Collaborate with producers to hire crewmembers such as art directors, cinematographers, and costumer designers.
 
Interpret stage-set diagrams to determine stage layouts, and supervise placement of equipment and scenery.
 
Hold auditions for parts or negotiate contracts with actors determined suitable for specific roles, working in conjunction with producers.
 
Create and approve storyboards in conjunction with art directors.
 
Confer with stage managers to arrange schedules for rehearsals, costume fittings, and sound/light development.
 
Promote and market productions by giving interviews, participating in talk shows, and making other public appearances.
 
Introduce plays, and meet with audiences after shows to explain how the play was interpreted.
 
Create graphics for television broadcasts.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Directors-Stage, Motion Picture, Television
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Directors-Stage, Motion Picture, Television
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Directors-Stage, Motion Picture, Television
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Directors-Stage, Motion Picture, Television
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Directors-Stage, Motion Picture, Television
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Artistic Director
Assistant Director
Associate Artistic Director
Commercial Director
Creative Director
Director
Drama Director
Dramatic Coach
Dramatic Director
Editor
Independent Film Maker
Motion Picture Director
Music Video Director
News Production Supervisor
Newscast Director
Producer
Production Stage Manager
Program Arranger
Program Coordinator
Stage Director
Stage Manager
Technical Director
Television Director (TV Director)
Television Newscast Director
Television Producer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Directors-Stage, Motion Picture, Television
 
 
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