Television Director

 

 

OFO No: 265401

 

 

 

 

Other names for Television Director:

  • Location Director
  • Motion Picture Director
  • Studio Director
  • Theatre Director
  • Theatrical Director

What is a Television Director?

A Television Director is the person responsible for co-ordinating and overseeing every aspect of making a television programme.

They are involved from the very start to the finish.

A Television Director will play an active role in casting right through to the final editing.

Examples of television programmes: 

  • the news
  • documentaries
  • soaps
  • movies for tv
  • reality programmes etc

What does a Television Director do?

  • coordinates writers, directors, managers throughout the production process
  • monitors post-production processes
  • performs management including budgeting, scheduling, planning and marketing
  • composes and edits scripts
  • provides screenwriters with story outlines from which scripts can be written
  • conducts meetings with staff to discuss production progress
  • resolves personnel problems
  • produces shows for special occasions, for example christmas holidays
  • edits and writes news stories from information collected by journalists/reporters
  • submits proposals to bid on contracts

Are you … ?

  • an out-the-box, creative thinker?
  • observant?
  • creative?
  • detail-orientated?
  • visually aware?
  • a peoples’ person?
  • confident?
  • a good manager?
  • a multi-tasker?
  • deadline driven?
  • able to deal with stress?

How do I become a Television Director?

Many Television Directors have worked their way up through the ranks of television. They have spent years and years collecting skills and a better understanding of every aspect of television.

This collection of experience is worth a ton of gold. They will be more empathic to the rest of the people working on set as they will completely understand each and every job.

A good education is, however, a definite advantage. A large number of colleges and other training providers offer Film, Media and Television Production courses that may provide a suitable background.

By studying, you may jump ahead of the rest and reach the position of Television Director quite early on.

PATH 1

Certificate in Radio Station Operations 

PATH 2

Certificate in Film and Television Production

PATH 3

Diploma in Film and Television Production 

PATH 4

Diploma in Drama

PATH 5

Bachelor of Technology in Film and Television Production  (BTech)

PATH 6

Bachelor of Film and Television Production 

PATH 7

Bachelor of Drama

Here are a few examples:

  • AFDA
  • BIG FISH SCHOOL OF DIGITAL FILM MAKING
  • TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
  • UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
  • AUTEUR FILM SCHOOL
  • CENTRE FOR FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES

TRAINING:

  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Sound Engineer … or … Casting Director

Is becoming a Television Director the right career choice for me?

 


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