The art director works with the director and the producers to sketch out a detailed vision of the sets, locations and surroundings for the film. Then it's the art designer's responsibility to bring that vision to the screen. The art director manages a huge team of draftsmen, set designers, set decorators, prop masters and set construction managers to create a fully realized world for the actors to inhabit.
Art directors have to be both effective managers and creative artists, bringing a fictional world to life within the constraints of the film's budget. Because the job requires such highly specialized skills, there are only 1,870 art directors working in the entire film and video industry. But since quality art directors are in such high demand, they command a mean annual salary of $125,010 [source: Bureau of Labor Statistics].