After being very unsure on which role I was going to apply for over the summer, I will do some research into several areas, to see which may suit me the best. I know I don’t want to be a floor manager as I have previously had experience in this role and want to do something different to challenge myself. The roles I will be looking further into are Director and Producer. The reason I picked these roles over other, more obvious roles like camera operator, sound or lighting is because I felt these roles would challenge me and push me to achieve my best.
Directors are mostly involved in the creative side of the TV production. It’s their vision that comes to life on the screen. Directors control the look and sound of the production, and how technically sound it is. They work with most members of the team, including Camera Operators, Sound Operators, Presenters and Set Designers, working most closely with Producers and Writers. Director’s need to be creative and precise, planning the production down to the last detail, so no footage goes to waste. They should know exactly what is happening at each moment during the show and understand the importance of a scene and what is happening in each shot. It is usual for the director to carefully read through the script before meeting with the producer and other heads of departments. This means the director can go into the meeting fully prepared and able to voice what they think needs changing. They are very much a creative wheel, and would probably change the script to add more tension or drama or a change a shot so it visually looks better, where as a producer would go to that meeting and discuss technical or logistical issues that have cropped up. The script will then be sent back to the Writer to add or change anything, then, once it is finalised, it will go back to the director who will make camera scripts and running orders to give to other crew members.
“Directors are responsible for the creative and technical aspects of producing finished programmes, working to the Producer’s budget.” (Skillset)
The director has to be able to speak to all crew members about all types of things, so a general knowledge on all technical aspects is required. They may look at which microphones to use, which cameras would work best, and the best way to set up the lighting, as well as many many more. For live, multi camera filming, directors are put under a lot of pressure and stress, they control the whole programme so need to be quick, sharp and ready to make hard decisions. Multi-tasking is key when directing.
After doing a bit of research into this role, I have decided to go against being a Director. I think it would be very challenging and also fun but I would like to stay away from the more creative side of TV and concentrate on the production itself.
Skill set. Directors – TV. Available: http://www.creativeskillset.org/tv/jobs/production/article_5473_1.asp. Last accessed 30th Oct 2013.
Producer’s are in charge of organising the show. They hire crew members and presenters, get people together for meetings, go through the script with the scriptwriter, talk with the director on any changes needed, make sure crew members are happy, make sure locations are sorted, make sure equipment is all ready to go. They are basically the brains behind the show, where as the director is the heart. Producer’s need to have good time management skills and organisation skills. They need to be able to make tough decisions and sometimes be the bad person. They also need to be approachable, so if someone has an issue they know they can talk to their producer.
The producer will mostly liaise with the director and all head of department. Producer’s are also in control of distribution, marketing and budgeting. They should arrange for the show to be aired and advertised correctly, and ensure everything is made to the budget’s requirements.
I feel this role suits my personality quite well and is the role I will definitely be auditioning for. I helped out our producer quite a lot last year and found that I naturally solved questions and picked time for meetings, so hopefully I will fit into this role quite easily. If I am unsuccessful in being picked for this role, I will apply for the director’s position.