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.
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
They would also need to make strong decisions knowing what works well
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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;
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
They need to set up the equipment’s,
planning shots, and sorting out the
technical and lighting issues.
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
Solving practical or technical problems such as
Working closely with other technical departments
such as lighting and sound
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Having good art skills to draw a storyboard explaining what each
scene will look scene by scene
The skills that set designer will need to have are the
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
Set designer tend to work long
hours that could include evening
and weekends to meet the
They work in the studio, an office
or at home. They tend to attend
meetings with the theatres or
film/TV production companies.
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.