Film and Television Director
A production director guides and visualises the screenplay or the script and directs the technical team and actors to achieve this vision. The director would have a vital role to play in selecting the members of the cast, the design of the film and all the artistic aspects of cinematic production. A Television Director has several duties and power over many elements, depending on the type of television show.
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Leadership and Management
Education and Training
Understanding Filming Technology
Written and visual communication
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Attention To Detail
Potential to influence every aspect of the filmmaking process adding your own creative flair to each phase.
Great potential for success.
Higher incomes and earning potential.
You'll be able to work with famous actors.
You can use your imagination.
You'll get famous if your film is successful.
You have the opportunity to push the limits of your creativity.
Directing helps to develop leadership skills and management.
You learn new things, peoples characters, and personalities.
You learn time management.
Lack of a steady paycheck and health insurance or retirement planning.
High workload and stress.
Too much education required to succeed, especially in marketing and business, often weighs out the creative side of the job.
Feelings of isolation as most of your time is spent working on set and there is little time remaining for socialization.
Great potential for failure.
You don't get paid a lot of money if you're films aren't very successful.
GOT WHAT IT TAKES?
You use various art forms regularly. You enjoy examining costume design, sound design, scriptwriting, directors, makeup artists, and all of the other art that goes into production.
You can work in a diverse environment with people from various walks of life.
You enjoy connecting with like-minded individuals in the film production community and share a common dream of storytelling.
You have the ability to work in an ever-changing environment where daily tasks and experiences can vary greatly.
Interesting Facts about the career
Fascinating Facts about Movie Directors
1. Jonathan Lynn, the director of My Cousin Vinny (1992) has a law degree from Cambridge and that film is highly regarded in the legal community for its realistic depiction of courtroom procedure and trial strategy.
2. Shawshank Redemption’s director and writer Frank Darabont was offered $2.5 million from Rob Reiner to let him write and direct it and cast Tom Cruise as Andy and Harrison Ford as Red. Darabont refused, saying that this was his “chance to do something really great.”
3. George Miller, who was an M.D. at that time, was inspired to make Mad Max (1979) when he witnessed fights break out during a gas shortage in Australia. He assumed in the future nations would not implement the infrastructure for renewable energy until it was too late and this could lead to a dystopia.
4. Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception, among other films does not use a cell phone or an e-mail because he’s just “not interested”, it gives him “time to think”, and he also prohibits them on the set of a movie.
5. Director Robert Zemeckis, who has approval over all films in the Back to the Future franchise, says that he will block all attempts to remake or reboot the original film.
6. Director John Ford was sent to the island of Midway to film a documentary on life at a small, isolated military base. He ended up getting caught in the Battle for Midway, but he filmed the entire thing and was also injured during the fight.
7. George Lucas told a collaborator that his plan for the ending of Return of the Jedi was to have Luke become the new Darth Vader and destroy the Rebel Fleet. The collaborator liked the idea. Lucas told him he’d only been joking.
8. Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts has his own collection of pet spiders, including rare South American ones.
9. Tod Browning, director of the 1931 film “Dracula” had nightmares and difficulty sleeping during the filming of his next project, the 1932 cult film, “Freaks” due to the vaudeville performers despite his own previous sideshow and vaudeville performances.
10. American History X director Tony Kaye was so dissatisfied with the final cut of the film he spent $100,000 of his own money to take out 35 full-page ads in the Hollywood trade press denouncing Norton and the producer, using quotations from a variety of people from John Lennon to Abraham Lincoln.
How TV director different than a film director
You may know the old industry saying, “Film is the director’s medium, while television is the writer’s medium.” Both professions are those of visual storytellers, certainly, but TV directors are bit more confined to the vision of the show’s creator and head writers. Save for the rare instance that a creator and showrunner is also the sole director of an entire season or series, a TV director is hired to come in and helm an episode or two of the larger whole, which means that he or she needs to tweak and adapt their own personal style to fit the tone and visual language of the already-established project at hand.
That’s also important to keep in mind when it comes to working with actors. While film directors are given the opportunity to see the entire arc of a character through from beginning to end with the on-screen players, a TV director is just jumping into what is presumably an already well-oiled acting machine. Few people on set know their characters better than the TV actors playing them. Because of this, TV directors may rightfully practice a laissez-faire approach with the project’s actors, and just focus on keeping everything technically running smoothly.
TV directors will have the same training as film directors, and bounce back and forth between both mediums. In recent years, you’ll especially see one bleeding into the other by way of acclaimed indie filmmakers out of the Sundance Film Festival and the like making their way onto the small screen. In many ways, the landscape of prestige TV offers similar creative satisfaction without the stressors of independent funding and budgeting; and these are the directors who are already used to moving quickly and thinking on their feet—essential qualities for working in TV. So one medium doesn’t hold you back from pursuing the other, but both require similar roads to get there.