Film/TV Director Careers

How to become Film/TV Director

What does a Film/TV Director do?

Directors take overall responsibility for the look, sound and style of a production. They can work in documentaries, film or television drama, light entertainment, commercials, news or corporate video. They could direct single or multi-camera operations, and lead a small team or a large cast and crew. Each form requires particular skills and techniques, but all directors use their creative vision, organisational skills and technical knowledge to bring the production together.

Directors work with a wide range of people during the production process. In pre-production, they are involved in detailed planning and preparation, developing the story, working out the logistics of a shoot within time and budget constraints, location scouting, casting and rehearsing.

During production, directors manage all aspects of the shoot including technical and human resources, and health and safety. They make creative decisions and may be responsible for writing or re-writing parts of the script as required. On some documentaries, directors might also operate camera or sound equipment.

In post-production, they oversee editing and sound design. Depending on the project, marketing and fund-raising may also be their responsibility.

What's the working environment like working as a Film/TV Director?

Hours can be long and unsocial, depending on shooting deadlines and the demands of the script.

Directors may work indoors in a studio, or outdoors, at all types of locations, including overseas, and in all kinds of weather.

What does it take to become a Film/TV Director?

To be a director you should have:

  • creativity, imagination and the ability to visualise the final product
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • the ability to make decisions and think clearly under pressure
  • excellent planning, organisational and management skills
  • knowledge of the entire production process, with respect for other people’s roles
  • the ability to work with actors to create a performance for the screen
  • the ability to stay calm and tolerate stress
  • good awareness of health and safety issues.

Film/TV Director Career Opportunities

Further information

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Skillset Careers
Tel: 08080 300 900 for England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Tel: 0808 100 8094 for Scotland

Prospect House
80-110 New Oxford Street

Directors’ Guild of Great Britain
The Director Centre
8 Flitcroft Street
Tel: 020 7836 3602

Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU)
373-377 Clapham Road

UK Film Council
10 Little Portland Street
Tel: 020 7861 7861

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