Television director can be found prepping in production companies, out on location or in the gallery supervising live television or big budget entertainment shows.
The director is a bit like a creative conductor: he/she orchestrate how to get people (on screen talent - presenters/contributors/actors) from A to B in a creative and visually pleasing way following a script or storyline, while being responsible for the overall look and feel of the production. It is a technical and artistic role, and often the most coveted in the production world. Directors have a duty to remain faithful to the original concept of the programme and should be mindful of production budgets when they make artistic decisions. Directors work closely with producers, writers, camera crew and all the other artistic/technical departments brought to a production - though the number of extra departments will depend on the scale and budget of the project. If the budget is really small - some directors will shoot their own footage.
Directors usually come onboard in pre-production, where they’ll discuss the style, tone, shooting requirements of the programme with the executive producer and producer. The director will sometimes create a style guide, so that if other directors come onboard the same production - they can replicate it and keep the quality of the footage as consistent as possible. A lot of directors will then be involved in post-production - keeping a close eye on construction of the edited narrative, as well as the picture/sound quality - and will liaise with the producer if any re-shoots need to be scheduled. Like producers, directors are accountable for the ultimate success or failure of the production - and are responsible for maintaining a harmonious environment for all onscreen and off screen talent involved.
A studio director works in the gallery (control room) of a studio - orchestrating the operation of up to 6 cameras in operation on the studio floor. The director has ultimate control over everything you see on screen during the programme. Duties will include:
Guiding the presenter and crew
Cue the cameras
Set up shots
Write camera scripts
Allocate roles and shots to different cameras
Control the technical side of the studio
May need to self-shoot
Have PSC (single camera) directing experience
Increasingly in factual/entertainment programme-making, Producers are also known as producer/directors (PDs), because producing and directing are combined to economise and make a tiny budget work more efficiently.
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