::Film director


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American director Steven Spielberg with Sri Lankan film maker Chandran Rutnam in Sri Lanka

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.<ref name="Princeton">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The director has a key role in choosing the cast members, production design, and the creative aspects of filmmaking.<ref> Accessed on March 22, 2014.</ref> Under European Union law, the director is viewed as the author of the film.<ref>Google Books</ref>

The film director gives direction to the cast and crew and creates an overall vision through which a film eventually becomes realized. 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.

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