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film director

n. A person who directs and supervises the production of a movie, especially as profession.

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film director

n. the person who directs the making of a film

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Film director

A film director is a person who directs the making of a film. Generally, a film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects, and visualizes the script while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision. The director has a key role in choosing the cast members, production design, and the creative aspects of filmmaking. Under European Union law, the director is viewed as the author of the film.

The film director gives direction to the cast and crew and creates an overall vision through which a film eventually becomes realized, or noticed. Directors need to be able to mediate differences in creative visions and stay in the boundaries of the film's budget. There are many pathways to becoming a film director. Some film directors started as screenwriters, cinematographers, film editors or actors. Other film directors have attended a film school. Directors use different approaches. Some outline a general plotline and let the actors improvise dialogue, while others control every aspect, and demand that the actors and crew follow instructions precisely. Some directors also write their own screenplays or collaborate on screenplays with long-standing writing partners. Some directors edit or appear in their films, or compose the music score for their films.

Usage examples of "film director".

The whole town was talking then about Polish film director Roman Polanski, who'd just been arrested for allegedly carrying on with a teenage girl.

On the plane to New York, she'd sat next to film director Russell Savage.

Then the others, with words that often did come to him in his sleep: Film Director Indicted in Drug Death of Star.

An award-winning short story writer, best-selling novelist, illustrator, playwright, screenwriter and film director, after early success with plays like _The History of the Devil_, _Frankenstein in Love_, _Colossus_ and _The Secret Life of Cartoons_, he made an impressive debut as a horror writer in 1984 with the publication of the first three volumes of _Clive Barker's Books of Blood_.

She wanted to be a film director, and she was lucky to have landed this internship.

From what I could gather, one is a famous film director or producer or some such, though I didn’.

Probably the closest analogy to the ideal would be a film director/producer who writes his own scripts, does his own camera work and somehow manages to film himself in action, as the protagonist or at least a main character.