Becoming a Film DirectorMajors Overview November 15, 2012
It is a film director’s responsibility to convert a script into a film while overseeing all the technical aspects of the process. S/he guides cast and crew members of the film and take care of the production process as a whole. S/he must be adept at managing big groups of individuals.
An aspiring film director may want to attend film school and work their way up by beginning their career as a low level member of the production team or as a production assistant. Success is not guaranteed to everyone that pursues film directing as a career.
A director may have a degree in any field, but preferably in journalism, communication, acting, film or other related programs. Preference is given to those who have one to five years of experience as an actor or film editor. A film director needs strong leadership skills apart from creativity, leadership and communication (written and verbal) skills.
Technical Skills are needed in the form of familiarity with equipment employed in the making of a film, as for instance, recording equipment(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)).
Degrees for Film Directors
Though not essential, formal training via a bachelor degree in communications, film, or other related field would probably help. These could apply to other areas of film-making such as acting, production, cinematography and editing, including hands-on training. You should start creating a portfolio highlighting your abilities to direct plays, videos and other productions. In many instances, recruiters for film directors expect to see portfolios.
You should take part in an internship program that gives hands-on work experience with entertainment corporation production crews among others. Such programs will help you network.
Graduate Film Study Programs
Graduate film learning programs promote greater attention to your preparation for the chosen career path as a film director. Such programs could give you learning opportunities in regard to producing and screenwriting under the supervision of industry professionals as guest lecturers or faculty members.
Advancement through Experience
Have experience in writing, acting or any other production team member function will help you advance in your career as a film director. Many begin by directing short films and move on to make bigger ones. You may work on several jobs initially to remain financially stable.
Film and Video Studies Statistics
Top Schools For Film and Video Studies Programs
|School Name||Tuition||Size||Degrees Granted||Degrees Granted By Type|
|UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
|$31,746||18,620||175||Bachelor’s (169), Master’s (3), Doctoral (3)|
|San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA
|$15,900||25,430||174||Bachelor’s (152), Master’s (22)|
|$21,634||26,618||166||Bachelor’s (155), Master’s (11)|
|University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
|$39,183||16,751||144||Bachelor’s (122), Master’s (15), Doctoral (7)|
|American Film Conservatory
Los Angeles, CA
|Unknown||0||130||Certificate (13), Master’s (117)|
|School of Visual Arts
New York, NY
|$29,500||3,431||128||Bachelor’s (108), Master’s (20)|
|UC Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
|University of Colorado – Boulder
|Arizona State University
|$20,596||58,404||124||Certificate (10), Bachelor’s (114)|
|University of California – Irvine