What Type of Role Does a Film Director Have?

Article written by David Guillod.

With so many continuously moving parts in the filmmaking process, certain roles have the tough task of coordinating everything. The film industry is quite hectic, so understanding the role of a director helps contribute more to a production.

This article will breakdown a film director’s tasks, and the importance he or she plays in the filmmaking process.

Paving the Way

A film director is tasked with multiple responsibilities. Primarily, he or she must control the artistic characteristics of the movie. They may lay out key visual elements, or assist the technical crew in their duties. These are just a few examples of what a film director’s day looks like. Moreover, before the filming process begins, the film director must also find ways to design the set and enlist a cast of actors and actresses.

Keeping Communication Channels Open

One of the most important tasks that a film director must be able to perform is communicating with all parties involved. When one is working on a large-scale project, such as a film, it’s quite easy to see communication as crucial. Designating each creative element to the right specialist takes time and trust, and the director must be able to think on his or her feet and decide how these actions will impact the overall quality of the film. Needless to say, this role requires someone that can take charge of a situation and coordinate each aspect accordingly.

David Guillod is a well-established talent and literary manager. Guillod held senior partner leadership roles at United Talent Agency, Handprint Ent. & most recently at Primary Wave Entertainment. Guillod is also a film/TV producer, most recently credited on Atomic Blonde and Louder Milk. Visit David Guillod’s profile on Twitter.