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Top 50 Writer/Director Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Writer/Director. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Writer/Director resumes they appeared on. For example, 27.3% of Writer/Director resumes contained Video Production as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Writer/Director actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

These are the most important skills for a Writer/Director:

1. Video Production

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  • Job Description: An independent video production company that focuses on low-budget short and mid- length feature films.
  • Facilitated research, casting and planning of digital video productions averaging a 25% increase in client viewership.
  • Desire to learn by taking online courses in video production software.
  • Edit and format content of video production.
  • Obtained a degree in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production.
  • Handle everything from conception to completion on various film/video productions (Short Films, Ads/Promos, Music Videos, etc.)

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2. Comedy

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  • Wrote/produced/directed/edited SNL style comedy that doubled its investment within 6 months.
  • Developed short screenplays and sketch comedy videos with a team of local comedians, filmmakers, and producers
  • Created, starred in and wrote a ComedyTelevision Show which had a huge success in Ecuador
  • Created comedy sketch for Master's Thesis that currently has over 173,000 views on YouTube.
  • Created, wrote, directed and acted in a series of sketch comedy videos.
  • Performed in over 300 live performances of long-form improvisational comedy and sketch comedy shows.
  • Managed all major roles to produce the five-part comedy/horror mini-series Dead Squirrels.
  • Created the original story of Wet Brownies, a feature-length comedy film.
  • Nominated for Best Comedy from a submission pool of over 3,000 films.
  • Selected for the Iron Mule Comedy Film Festival in New York City.
  • 19103Produced digital content for Helium Comedy Club's online networks.
  • Acted, wrote and directed plays and comedy sketches.
  • Meet The In-Laws, Half -hour comedy series for CMT
  • Sketch comedy writer for the 2014 CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase Ghost writer for untitled fictional legal thriller.
  • Created News Segments and Comedy Shorts Camera Work, Final Cut Editing and After Effects
  • Studied advanced Improv and Sketch comedy techniques under noted instructors.
  • film school thesis film, narrative short film, comedy
  • Live Performance Currently in consideration for expansion of concept and TV Comedy Improvising (mostly long Pilot.

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3. Web Series

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  • Served in varying capacities on sets including feature films, television shows, web series, and assorted filmed content.
  • Self-produced and wrote a 10 episode web series that garnered over five hundred views in the first month of posting.
  • Write, direct and produce (26) episodes of a 6-minute Fashion web series for women.
  • Provide concept Ideas for Web Series, Music Videos, and Films.
  • Created and managed all facets of a web series pilot
  • Produce short and feature films and web series.
  • Write and direct short films, web series, and 30-min pilot.
  • Web Series Over 5.6 Million Views Worldwide
  • Produced the weekly web series "Profiles in Courage" and a feature documentary about women's health.
  • Received a grant courtesy of Storyhive to create a web series consisting of 10 webisodes.

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4. Feature Film

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  • Directed two short films, and one feature film and handled the entire film making process from the start to finish.
  • Direct actors on line delivery, camera crew on shot preparation, and editor on desired look for the feature film.
  • Created rough cut for the feature film The Makings of You Managed footage acquisition and organization for the film.
  • Designed and implemented producer/client concepts into feature film, television, stage, industrial and government productions.
  • Accepted into the 1997 Independent Feature Film Market in New York.
  • Contributed segments on various feature films for current and future release.
  • Excel in writing and directing feature films for international film market.
  • Hired to write two Independent Feature Films Are We Straight.
  • Produced a full feature film project.
  • Collaborated on feature film script writing.
  • Ice Pawn, (feature film) (Writer, star, producer) St.
  • Developed a feature film which me and three other of my colleagues wrote, diected, and edited.
  • Tattoo Highway - several episodes, Juma Entertainment The Misadventures of James Spawn - feature film.
  • Partner and creator of award winning feature film (2009), including marketing & distribution.
  • proof of concept short for feature film sales package
  • Premiered at Phenom Film Fest 2013) Collaborated and Revised feature film script Wings of Beauty.
  • Wrote/Directed/Edited A Watched Pot (Feature film) and multiple short films (Panopticon).

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5. Final Cut Pro

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  • Edited the digital offline cut of the production from over 25 hours of footage using Final Cut Pro.
  • Photographed on 16mm film and transferred and edited on digital video using Final Cut Pro.
  • Edit videos with Final Cut Pro, Adobe and Sony Vegas editing software.
  • Operated all music clearances and cue sheets in Final Cut Pro.
  • Edited and color-corrected with DP in Final Cut Pro X.
  • Edited on Final Cut Pro 7 and Soundtrack Pro 3.
  • Created a three-minute 16mm film using Final Cut Pro
  • Edited both films using Final Cut Pro HD.
  • Own and Proficient with Final Cut Pro.
  • used Cannon, Editor used Final Cut Pro

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6. Original Screenplay

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Here's how Original Screenplay is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Author of the Original Screenplay.

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7. Official Selection

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Here's how Official Selection is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Film, Tell Us About Yourself, was an Official Selection of The London Shows International Film Festival 2015.
  • Film was chosen as an official selection of UNC-TV's 2004 NC Visions Season
  • Film short -- Official selection in 32 film festivals
  • Film, The Long Walk Back, was an Official Selection of The Just A Minute Film Festival 2014.
  • Film, The Imaginary Friend of Elizabeth Duwire, was an Official Selection of the 2013 CSB SJU Film Festival.
  • Film, Gianna, was on Official Selection of Life Fest International Online Film Festival 2013.

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8. Shorts

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Here's how Shorts is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Premiered on The Independent Film Channel's monthly program, MediaLab Shorts Uploaded with an interview of myself discussing the project.
  • Research of third and fourth grade students to enhance their experience Managed film shoots for shorts involved in the project.
  • Worked on News, Field Reports, Documentaries, Original Programming including two high rated sitcoms, and shorts.
  • Direct, Edit, and Produce video shorts, sketches, music videos, and branded content.
  • Hood Independent Film Festival and Love Your Shorts Film Festival
  • Develop content for narrative film, documentaries and shorts.
  • Directed shorts on 16mm, 35mm and digital media, music videos and webisodes.
  • Write, produce and direct 5 minute shorts for top rated gaming website Machinima.
  • Developed and wrote feature scripts and shorts Wrote, produced and directed public service announcements Invoicing/Billing/AP/Sales and Marketing

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9. Drama

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  • Assembled and lead a 35-person team (cast and crew) to shoot my original digital short romantic drama.
  • Stage Right Ministries was a drama ministry that traveled around the United States.
  • Managed and spearheaded a successful grant and sponsorship campaign for Urdu Drama Festival.
  • Created, produced & directed spec TV drama through New York Film Academy
  • Created the dramatic short film, She Moves.
  • Collaborated with a team of writers and filmmakers to produce a drama web-series to beshot on digital film.
  • Set Me Free" - short dramatic presentation - related to the issue of sex trafficking/exploitation amongst young girls in U.S.

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10. Production Company

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Here's how Production Company is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Write treatments, design visual pitch decks, and bid Music Videos as a producer/writer/director on the roster Production Company.
  • Founded production company that focuses on film & new media with a socially conscious female voice.
  • Manage an independent film production company based in Tucson, AZ.
  • Sole proprietor of my own boutique production company.
  • Launched Boydfilms as a sole-proprietorship production company.

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11. Youtube

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Here's how Youtube is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Manage YouTube account/ marketing and advertising planning with Google and Web Metro.
  • Produced and aired eleven episodes on the campus television station and YouTube.
  • Produced nine 3 - 5 minute episodes for YouTube.
  • Created an ongoing animation series, hosted on YouTube
  • Freelance Journalist and YouTube Videos.
  • Freelance writer, producer and director for multiple viral videos for the popular YouTube channel Comediva.com.

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12. DVD

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Here's how DVD is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Produced several very successful features on DVD.
  • Co-Directed 2 week run, and spearheaded edit and mix of DVD reproduction at UTS Studios.
  • Designed packaging for festival DVD release, 2010.

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13. Cinematography

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Here's how Cinematography is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Directed acting and lighting as well as oversaw organization of costumes and quality of cinematography.
  • Nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Documentary and Best Global Perspective awards
  • Received Best Picture and Best Cinematography out of 25 films in Brandeis film festival IndieLouies.
  • Guide production aspects, including cinematography, lighting, costume design, set design.
  • Worked closely with sketch artist to plan the cinematography.

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14. NYC

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Here's how NYC is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Produced, managed, and launched a New York City theatrical premiere in the Lower East Side of NYC.
  • Case Closed - a comedy sketch filmed in NYC.
  • Pay It Forward, in Death is a web series based on the lives of three young vigilantes living in NYC.
  • Play Production Role(s) Date A Friend Strawberry One-Act Festival (NYC) Wrote, Directed Summer 2016
  • Performed for Sex Trafficking Awareness Event & Artist Showcase Fundraiser in collaboration with Restore NYC & Calvary Baptist Church.

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15. Sound Design

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Here's how Sound Design is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Worked with sound designer to develop music.
  • Bring Your Dog to Pike Day (Animated Short) o Animator, voice actor, composer, sound design.

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16. Facebook

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Here's how Facebook is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Developed Facebook and Twitter online video strategy.
  • Developed social media strategy to increase viewership across multiple platforms (Twitter, FaceBook, YouTube).
  • Maintained the daily operation of all social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).
  • Managed social media (Instagram, Facebook, etc.)
  • Managed social media on Wordpress, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
  • Raised $6,500 through Kickstarter, Facebook Twitter and Instagram.

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17. PSA

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Here's how PSA is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Produced, wrote, and directed series of PSA videos against sexual harassment in Egypt after conducting research & focus groups.
  • Produced PSAs for City of Phoenix Youth Ambassador Program.

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18. Reality

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Here's how Reality is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Directed, edited and shot footage for the first season of the Metal Check reality show, produced by Diana Salazar.
  • Served as creative producer / director of award-winning sensational reality series distributed throughout much of the globe.

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19. Adobe Photoshop

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20. Emmy

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Here's how Emmy is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Nominated for two Emmy Awards and winner of The American Public Television Award for Special Achievement in Live Performance.
  • Filmed and directed by three-time Emmy Award winner Kevin Lombard.
  • Collaborated with Emmy award winning makeup artist Dean Jones
  • Led team to 10 EMMY wins.
  • Nominated for Best Documentary Boston-New England Emmy Award for "Troubled Harvest" in 1994.

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21. Color Correction

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Here's how Color Correction is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Run all aspects of production including editing, color correction, and graphics design.
  • Supervised the post-production process, including editing, dubbing and color correction.
  • Created departmental budget and performed color correction on film.
  • Skilled with storyboarding, foley, Additional Dialogue Recording, post-production sound design, music composition, color correction and grading.
  • Supervised the post-production process, including editing, dubbing and color correction with Adobe Creative Cloud and Da Vinci Resolve.

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22. Crew Members

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Here's how Crew Members is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Support fellow production crew members to encourage cohesiveness.
  • Formed a production team of 5 crew members, 3 actors; recast lead actress 24 hours before filming.
  • Formed a production team of 8 crew members, and cast 3 main roles plus one extra.
  • Developed business proposal, script and assembled cast and crew members.
  • Manage a team of 10+ crew members.
  • Coordinated meetings with actors and crew members.
  • Formed a production team of just 5 crew members, and cast one female actress.

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23. Internet

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Here's how Internet is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Founded One-Cinema Inc., a film, television, and Internet production company dedicated to producing extraordinary commercial and artistic work.
  • Established The 404 Show, an internet, late night talk show.
  • film, Internet and educational content.

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24. HD

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  • Implemented HD Video converter to transcoded DSLR raw H.264 codec to non-linear editing system friendly ProRes.
  • Created a documentary encompassing the misdiagnosis of ADHD in children (Viewable on Vimeo)

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25. Co-Wrote

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26. Twitter

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27. TV Shows

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  • Worked on the production end of numerous big budget films, TV shows, commercials and music videos.
  • Film actor in short films feature films and TV shows

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28. Production Schedules

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Here's how Production Schedules is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Develop and maintain overall production schedules.

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29. Shot List

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  • Created shot lists, booked talent and locations and prepared the location and set for shooting.
  • Created shot list, run camera, edited, and dressed set.
  • Created the shot list and call sheet with the Cinematographer and A.D.
  • Establish shot lists, schedules, and storyboards.
  • Created clear shot lists and story boards.
  • Created the shot list and call sheet.

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30. DP

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  • Served as DP/Operator on all large budget productions; supervised film-to-tape transfers.
  • Experienced WordPress Blogger, Websites.
  • Created the storyboard and shot list with the DP.
  • Contributed photo WORDPRESS, HTML, CSS editing for Quintessentially Lifestyle and graphic design for Johnnie Walker.

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31. Narrative Film

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  • Produced, Wrote, and Directed narrative film about money & influence in politics.
  • Written/Directed/Produced TV pilot narrative film, "Malachi IX".
  • Written/Directed/Produced feature narrative film, "Unspeakable".

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32. PBS

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  • Aired nationally on cable and PBS, and was distributed for home video and abroad by MGM/UA.
  • Contributed to creative brainstorming, pitch meetings, and field direction to bring content rich programming to PBS channels across California.
  • Troubled Harvest" was the highest-rated documentary series broadcast in 1994 on Vermont PBS.

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33. Co-Writer

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34. LLC

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Here's how LLC is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Worked with The Mann Films International, LLC.
  • Formed a LLC to complete a feature film entitled "Casual Encounters", now available on iTunes and Amazon.

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35. Press Releases

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Here's how Press Releases is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Content Writer for company website including Product Descriptions, Social Media, Blogs, Press Releases, Articles, etc.
  • Content writer of press releases for Motorcycle and Racing Radio.

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36. TV Series

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Here's how TV Series is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Created, developed and co-wrote a full season of scripted TV series purchased by Fox21.

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37. Final Draft

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38. Full Length

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  • Authored 4 short film scripts, numerous sketch comedy scripts, 2 musicals, and 2 full length plays.

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39. HBO

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  • People love mingling with their neighbors and farmers and it has boosted community morale.
  • Film distributed on Showtime, HBO, NetFlix and DVD.
  • Licensed, broadcast, and distributed by HBO, Inc.

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40. MTV

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41. Entire Production

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  • Worked hands-on with equipment and oversaw entire production process.
  • Line produce entire production from concept through delivery.
  • Coordinated entire production and obtained permits for location shoots Wrote, casted, blocked, and directed film

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42. Original Content

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  • Created original content for on-air programs.

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43. Graphic Design

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Here's how Graphic Design is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Write scripts and songs for actors Direct acting, band, and technical crew Book venues for performances Graphic Design advertisement

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44. Celtx

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45. Mac

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Here's how Mac is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Associate Producer Produced by MacGillivray Freeman.
  • Produced and Performed in Theatre Productions, including Shakespeare's Macbeth, King David and The Messiah.

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46. Final Product

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Here's how Final Product is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Showcased: precise organization, ability to work under pressure and execution of an exceptional final product under tight deadlines.
  • Deliver final product to online streaming services, social media platforms, and film festivals.
  • Animated 25% of the final product and oversaw polish for the rest.

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47. VFX

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  • Completed VFX and compositing for every scene and edited the final film.
  • Designed all VFX workflow, from on-set through postproduction.

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48. Special Effects

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49. Production Design

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Here's how Production Design is used in Writer/Director jobs:
  • Organized and collaborated production design, costume and makeup schedules.

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50. Music Composition

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20 Most Common Skills For A Writer/Director

Video Production

34.6%

Comedy

9.0%

Web Series

8.6%

Feature Film

7.3%

Final Cut Pro

5.7%

Original Screenplay

4.5%

Official Selection

3.5%

Shorts

3.3%

Drama

3.0%

Production Company

2.6%

Youtube

2.6%

DVD

2.1%

Cinematography

2.1%

NYC

1.9%

Sound Design

1.7%

Facebook

1.6%

PSA

1.6%

Reality

1.5%

Adobe Photoshop

1.5%

Emmy

1.4%
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Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Writer/Director

Rank Skill
1 Video Production 27.3%
2 Comedy 7.1%
3 Web Series 6.8%
4 Feature Film 5.8%
5 Final Cut Pro 4.5%
6 Original Screenplay 3.5%
7 Official Selection 2.8%
8 Shorts 2.6%
9 Drama 2.4%
10 Production Company 2.1%
11 Youtube 2.1%
12 DVD 1.6%
13 Cinematography 1.6%
14 NYC 1.5%
15 Sound Design 1.3%
16 Facebook 1.2%
17 PSA 1.2%
18 Reality 1.2%
19 Adobe Photoshop 1.2%
20 Emmy 1.1%
21 Color Correction 1.1%
22 Crew Members 1.1%
23 Internet 1.0%
24 HD 1.0%
25 Co-Wrote 1.0%
26 Twitter 1.0%
27 TV Shows 0.9%
28 Production Schedules 0.9%
29 Shot List 0.9%
30 DP 0.9%
31 Narrative Film 0.8%
32 PBS 0.7%
33 Co-Writer 0.7%
34 LLC 0.7%
35 Press Releases 0.6%
36 TV Series 0.6%
37 Final Draft 0.6%
38 Full Length 0.5%
39 HBO 0.5%
40 MTV 0.5%
41 Entire Production 0.5%
42 Original Content 0.5%
43 Graphic Design 0.5%
44 Celtx 0.5%
45 Mac 0.5%
46 Final Product 0.5%
47 VFX 0.4%
48 Special Effects 0.4%
49 Production Design 0.4%
50 Music Composition 0.4%
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