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  • 1. By Mansour Ahaidi
  • 2.  As a director you will tend to lead large or small team cast crew to direct full length films, short films, live or recorded television programmes such as commercials, music videos or corporate videos.  The work can include:  Meeting producers to discuss the film or television programmes  Commissioning a script or an idea for a documentary  Interpreting scripts and developing storyboards  Deciding on how the production should look and where it should be filmed  Planning the shooting schedules where to film and when to film it.  Knowing how to hire the cast and crew  Directors also tend to write the film or television script. In some cases a director can operate the camera or sound equipment.
  • 3.  Directors are responsible for the film or televison programmes that are made  Directors have creativity organisational skills and technical knowlege to manage the whole production process.  Directors have the leading team of different people in different roles.  As a director you will need good communicational skills to talk to different people in the film indistory.  Directors need to be well organised and be good at planning for the filming.  They would also need to make strong decisions knowing what works well and not  Manage your time well and keep to your budget in limit  There are many different routes to getting into this job. You could start out as a 'runner', or progress from camera or acting work. Courses in media production could teach you some of the skills you would need.
  • 4.  Have creativity and imagination skills  Good communication skills toward the people that you are working with  The ability to lead and motivate others when they are stressing out  Have excellent organisational and planning skills  Knowing how to solve a problem  Good time management and budget awareness  Calmness under pressure  Awareness of health and safety issues.
  • 5.  The working hours on a shooting film or television programme would often be long and not suitable hours according to the production's needs, and may include evenings and weekends.  Depending on the film production the directors could work in film/TV studios or out on location. Work may be anywhere in the UK or overseas, so working conditions would vary depending on where the production will be filmed.
  • 6.  They are different ways a person can become a director. The most important requirement is to have experience in TV or film. To understand the production process, as well having the good knowledge of network and contacts in the industry.  Mostly directors start of has a runner and they work their way up through other jobs such as assistant director or floor manager.  Starting runner, they need to show they have commitment to working in the media industry, applying for work experience placement is the best way to start of working for the media.  Taking a filmmaking or media production course that helps you to build practical skills and make contacts. Going to college and university and completing BTEC HNDs, degrees and postgraduate courses.
  • 7.  Camera operators are employed by television, within the film industry and by video production houses. Camera Operator are responsible for operating a variety of technical equipment that include a single and multiple portable, remote- control and electronic cameras, cranes and mobile mountings . Camera operators are responsible for:  Assembling and setting up equipment  Planning, preparing and rehearsing scenes  Following camera scripts  Creatively framing and capturing action;  Responding quickly to directions;  Liaising with lighting and technical staff;  Problem solving.
  • 8. Camera operators operate in film, television, commercials and music videos. They use film or digital video cameras, following instructions from the production’s director or the director of photography. They need to set up the equipment’s, planning shots, and sorting out the technical and lighting issues.
  • 9.  Camera operators are involved in the following:  Setting up and positioning camera equipment  Planning and rehearsing shots  Following a camera script and taking cues from the director or floor manager (in TV studio recording)  Choosing the most suitable lenses and camera angles  Solving practical or technical problems such as lighting  Working closely with other technical departments such as lighting and sound
  • 10.  Camera operators mostly work long hours. It can include working late at night, and it depends on production. While working as a camera operator you need to be flexible because you could be needed at short notice mainly if you are working in the news.  Camera Operators will work anywhere from the studio to outside locations regardless of the weather conditions. Location work could be anywhere in the UK or overseas. News camera jobs may involve working under difficult or dangerous conditions such as riots or war zones.
  • 11.  Employers are more interested in the person’s technical skills that they have and the work experience taken part over the years. It’s important to go to college to have knowledge in using different types of the camera.  It is important to gain as much experience in technology and using different cameras.  Getting involved in community film projects  Working for a camera equipment hire company  Finding work experience as a runner or camera assistant with a production company.  As well it’s good to have skills in photography and electronics that could help you to become a camera operator
  • 12.  To become a set designer you need to have a high level in design skill and have a creative vision. In the beginning you will start as a designer’s assistant in prop maker in the theatre, or in the art department trainee or a runner in film and TV. To become a set designer there are no specific qualifications however it is good to have a qualification in the art.  Set designers need to have good drawing skills and know how to create a model making it perfect for the audience to see when watching the film or television production. In the film industry set designers are mostly known as production designers.  Set designers need to be creative and imaginative, as well as having good communication skills with people. It is important to be organised when working under pressure.
  • 13.  Set designer or stage designer, would start production planning process, from beginning till the night when filming began. They would create the design ideas the practical work. Other works that set designer are involved in are as follow:  They study the scripts and discuss with the director frequently giving their ideas making sure that the set is suitable for the scene that is being filmed.  Set designer have to communicate with the costume designer making up the props and lighting design  Making quick changes when problems appeal such as lighting or different scenes changes  Having a creative effective design within the budget that is giving to set design  Having good art skills to draw a storyboard explaining what each scene will look scene by scene
  • 14.  The skills that set designer will need to have are the following:  Having the creativity and imagination in the scene  Having a good art skills to draw and model making  Having good communication skills with different people  Having awareness in the budget making sure you do not spend more money than you have to  The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines  Making sure you get the correct information when researching for something  Problem solving ability  A flexible and adaptable attitude
  • 15. Set designer tend to work long hours that could include evening and weekends to meet the deadlines. They work in the studio, an office or at home. They tend to attend meetings with the theatres or film/TV production companies.
  • 16. To become a set designer you need to have a high level in design skill and have a creative vision. In the beginning you will start as a designer’s assistant in prop making in the theatre, or in the art department, trainee or a runner in film and TV. To become a set designer there are no specific qualifications however is good to have a qualification in the art.