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Whether traditional or digital, the director is responsible for the vision of the film and the visual decisions that determine shot flow and camera placement. Although a production designer in the traditional world is responsible for set design, costumes, and props, the digital director often is responsible for these as well.

Digital directing is more than instructing people on how you'd like things accomplished in your production, and it's more than positioning actors, lights, and cameras. Learning to be a digital director means understanding the tools to bring a vision to life. You need to be an interpreter, an inventor, and a manager. One of a digital director's primary functions is shot planning and shot flow—making sure that the overall animation process remains a focused goal.

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