The mode is accessible from the Rockstar Editor menu, and there is a contact on each protagonists mobile phone for Los Santos Talent (or Acting Up on the PS4/Xbox One) which will immediately launch the player into Director Mode without using the Pause Menu. Director Mode is not available if the player is currently in a vehicle, wanted or active in a mission. If it is not shown on the phones of the different protagonists, it is also found in the Interaction Menu and Rockstar Editor section of the pause menu.
In Director Mode, the player is able to select a single actor to control in a customised free mode map.
Casting Trailer Menu
Some actors are only available after being unlocked during Story Mode gameplay.
The player will receive a HUD message indicating a character has been unlocked for use in the director.
Removes all possible entities in the area, such as dead pedestrians or wrecked vehicles on settings change.
Manage the list of up to 10 actors marked as shortlisted. The player can access these actors from within the Director Mode session without needing to return to the Casting Trailer. Attempting to add an 11th to the shortlist will warn the player that this will remove the first actor from the list.
A list of recently used actors.
Exit to Story Mode
Quits Rockstar Editor and returns to GTA V Story mode.
Enter Director Mode
Launches the actor into the map.
Gameplay Features and Limitations
There are no clothing stores or barber shops accessible in this mode and the interaction menu does not function. When selecting the actor, there is an option to cycle through various outfits for most characters. Some of the NPC models can also be changed in this menu. If the actor is wearing a mask, or other face-obscuring accessories, they can not be removed once in the session.
The Actors that have access to weapons will have all weapons unlocked by the player at that point with unlimited ammunition (weapons do have to be reloaded as normal, however). Ammu-Nation is not accessible and no weapons are scattered around the map, but new weapons can be collected from dead drops. Additionally, weapons do not have any finishes or attachments, except if a particular weapon has an attachment by default (any sniper rifle's scope being an obvious example, as well as the Combat PDW's integral suppressor).
Vehicle access is limited to whatever is spawned naturally although all actors can access whatever vehicles are stored in the storage garages (not their safehouse) of the Story Mode Protagonists (not including special vehicle menu content). Los Santos Customs is not accessible, leaving the player with no option to customize cars. Only vehicles from storage garages can be repaired by respawning them.
Player can still take taxi rides to a marked waypoints for free due to lack of money mechanics in Director Mode.
If the invincibility cheat option is not enabled, the death of the actor will end the Director Mode session and return the player to the casting trailer. Same applies when actor gets busted.
While in the map and on foot, the interaction menu provides the player access to the following options:
First-Person View is only available when the actor selected is a GTA Online character or a Singleplayer protagonist. This might be because first person is not available to be used with NPCs, as it probably would result in glitches.
Despite functioning essentially the same as the Explosive Bullets Cheat, the Miniguns of the Buzzard Attack Chopper will fire explosive bullets, whereas the cheat doesn't have this effect on the Buzzard in normal gameplay.
There is a minor glitch where if the active actor is any of the three story protagonists and is in first person mode, pulling up the phone will bring up the physical version of the phone and the virtual version on the phone at the same time.