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Director - TV/Film

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€82k > 122
Tv / Radio Program Director
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(thousands per year)*
€82 - 122
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Last Updated: June, 2010

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

The director is responsible for all the creative and technical tasks involved in realising a film or television programme.


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The Work header image

The Producer/Director has primary responsibility for the formulation, production and direction of television programmes and for the management of the human, technical and financial resources as assigned to him/her. The television producer/director works closely with directors, professional and technical personnel and is supported by production assistants, managers and co-ordinators.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crewmembers.

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Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.

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Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.

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Confer with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.

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Compile cue words and phrases, and cue announcers, cast members, and technicians during performances.

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Establish pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.

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Identify and approve equipment and elements required for productions, such as scenery, lights, props, costumes, choreography, and music.

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Consult with writers, producers, or actors about script changes, or "workshop" scripts, through rehearsal with writers and actors to create final drafts.

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Select plays or scripts for production, and determine how material should be interpreted and performed.

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Study and research scripts to determine how they should be directed.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others: Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Communications and Media: Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Telecommunications: Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Management of Personnel Resources: Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

The Producer/Director should combine creative talent with an organising ability and a high degree of visual perception.  
 
Stamina and a sense of humour are important characteristics as Producer/Directors often work under stress, trying to meet schedules, staying within budgets and resolving problems that may arise.


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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Irish Film Board
Address: Queensgate, 23 Rock Road, Galway
Tel: (091) 561398
Email: Click here
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Organisation: Irish Film and Television Network
Address: First Floor, Palmerstown Centre, Kennelsfort Road, Dublin 20
Tel: 01 6200811
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Organisation: SIPTU (Film & Entertainment Branch)
Address: Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 6412
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