In Summary - Director - TV/Film
Director - TV/Films typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Director - TV/Film
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.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crewmembers.
- Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.
- Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.
- Confer with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.
- Compile cue words and phrases, and cue announcers, cast members, and technicians during performances.
- Establish pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.
- Identify and approve equipment and elements required for productions, such as scenery, lights, props, costumes, choreography, and music.
- Consult with writers, producers, or actors about script changes, or "workshop" scripts, through rehearsal with writers and actors to create final drafts.
- Select plays or scripts for production, and determine how material should be interpreted and performed.
- Study and research scripts to determine how they should be directed.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Interests - Director - TV/Film
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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.
Entry Requirements - Director - TV/Film
Pay & Salary - Director - TV/Film
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 82k - 122k
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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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Useful Contacts - Director - TV/Film
Irish Film Board
Irish Film and Television Network
SIPTU (Film & Entertainment Branch)