A producer is the person who bears most of the responsibility for a film’s production. In other words, the producer has significant decision-making authority over all phases of a film’s production. A director is a person who contributes to all creative elements relating to the making of a motion picture and participates in molding and integrating them into one dramatic performance.
A four-year bachelor’s degree in the performing arts, broadcasting, journalism, business administration, theater production, or film studies is likely necessary to obtain one of these positions.
Employment of producers and directors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Some job growth in the motion picture and video industry is expected to stem from strong demand from the public for movies and television shows, as well as an increased demand from foreign audiences for U.S.-produced films.
Producers and directors work under a lot of pressure, and many are under stress to finish their work on time. Work hours for producers and directors can be long and irregular.