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Job Description

TV or film directors work closely with all departments involved in a performance or show to coordinate the appearance of the set, the actors, the storyline etc. they will have overall responsibility for the way TV programmes and films are made. Many directors are freelance and will be paid a fee for each individual contract or project, rates can vary enormously. Hours can be unsociable and irregular.

Casting directors chooses the Actors and arranges and conducts the interviews, would need to liaise with the director and producer to find out their requirements. They are responsible for matching the ideal actor to the role.

Entry Requirements

You'll need experience of working in TV or film, and an in-depth understanding of the production process.

You could get this from camera or lighting work, acting or starting out as a runner. It can take several years to build up your experience.

You may find it helpful to take a filmmaking or media production course to give you some of the practical skills you'll need, and to make contacts in the industry.

Another way to break into directing is to make your own films. You can market these to agents or enter them into film festivals and competitions.

Creative Skillset has more information about working as a director.

Career Path and Progression

With experience you might develop your own projects and raise the money to put them into production.

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

Creativity and imagination, good communication and people skills, good leadership abilities, able to make decisions, good problem solving abilities, able to keep calm under pressure, health and safety awareness.

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