Director - Term Overview

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Director is an adjective that refers to the one who directs. The verb to direct, for its part, is linked to the action of taking something to a designated term or place; guide through signs or directions; direct the intention and operations to a specific purpose; give rules for the management of a company; guide; or to mark a certain artistic orientation to those who take part in a work or show.

It's possible, therefore, to refer to different types of directors. A film director or filmmaker is the person who, in the filming of a movie, is in charge of deciding the setting of the camera, giving instructions to the actors, supervising the set design and costumes and performing other actions that allow the successful filming..

For example: "Last night I saw a great movie by a Swedish director", "Steven Spielberg is my favorite director", "Terminator, Titanic and Avatar are some of the most successful films of director James Cameron".

The conductor, on the other hand, is the subject who is dedicated to coordinating the various instruments that make up an orchestra. This conductor should keep the tempo of the performance, indicate dynamic accents, and signal the entry of individual instrumental groups. To give his indications, the conductor uses gestures and the movement of a stick known as a baton.

Within the religious sphere, we meet the so-called spiritual director. This is the position of the person, specifically the priest, who is in charge of advising all those faithful who ask him for help with questions related to conscience or morals.

In schools, for example, there is also a director. This has a wide series of functions that must be carried out for the proper functioning of the school, institute or university. Among those, the following stand out:

- Plan, coordinate and control both academic and administrative activities.
- Evaluate the work carried out by the teachers that make up the staff.
- Ensure compliance with the established norms, both by educators and by students and the rest of the people who make up the educational community.
- Direct the teachers' council.
- Be the manager and evaluator of the different programs of complementary, special, cultural, sports activities... that are developed within the framework of the center.
- Organize and approve the schedules of the various activities as well as of all school groups and, therefore, of the teachers.
- Manage and respond to the Ministry of Education for everything that has to do with the center.

In a sports team, the technical director is the one in charge of managing the training, developing the strategy and deciding who will play each game. The functions of the technical director exceed the sport itself, since it must also guarantee good coexistence in the group and keep the players motivated.

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