di·​rec·​to·​ri·​al | \ də-ˌrek-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce directorial (audio) , (ˌ)dī-\

Definition of directorial

1 : serving to direct
2 : of or relating to a director or to theatrical or motion-picture direction
3 : of, relating to, or administered by a directory

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Examples of directorial in a Sentence

an applicant with a number of directorial positions on his résumé

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Now Beanie's set to star in two 2019 movies– How to Build a Girl, based on a novel of the same name, and Booksmart, which will be Olivia Wilde's directorial debut. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "10 Reasons You Will Be Obsessed With Beanie Feldstein If You Aren't Already," 7 May 2019 Unsurprisingly, Cooper's directorial debut has already netted him a lot of money. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper's Net Worth Will Make Your Jaw Drop," 31 Mar. 2019 Having the actors give their lines as if hypnotized or dazed is clearly a directorial choice by Jalali, who is perhaps aiming for some kind of Brechtian distancing by way of Robert Bresson. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Land': Film Review | Berlin 2018," 2 Mar. 2018 Cooper's directorial debut is nominated for five BAFTAs, including Best Direction. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper Slay in Matching Suits at the BAFTAs 2019," 10 Feb. 2019 The Hollywood Reporter reports that Hannah Marks will take the directorial reigns on the upcoming Fox 2000 film, which will be produced by Green, Rosianna Halse Rojas, Isaac Klausner and Marty Bowen. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Hannah Marks to Direct Film Adaptation of John Green's "Turtles All the Way Down"," 13 Jan. 2019 Overlord is an impressive directorial statement from a confident filmmaker who can handle dynamic action sequences and ratchet up tension like an action and horror veteran. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Overlord is a gloriously entertaining piece of B-movie schlock," 9 Nov. 2018 Brown’s long career at MGM came with a price—a reputation as a company man that did him no favors with critics who established directorial hierarchies. Scott Eyman, WSJ, "‘Clarence Brown’ Review: More Than a Company Man," 19 Oct. 2018 The show’s directorial crew includes esteemed Emmy nominees and winners like Alik Sakharov and Phil Abraham and Bateman himself. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Ozark’s muddy season 2, explained in 11 incomprehensible screenshots," 1 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of directorial

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of directorial

: of or relating to a director and especially to the director of a play, movie, etc.

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