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Directors are the creative force behind all television productions and feature films. They form the crucial link between all teams in the industry: production, technical and creative. The main role of a director is to interpret a script and picture the final result of the film or production, before translating it into a visual reality.
The director brings all the teams together, instructing them on how to position a camera, how to act a certain scene or deciding when alterations need to be made. It is a role that requires great creative vision and commitment to the finished result. The role carries a lot of responsibility as it is the director who is ultimately responsible for the commercial success or failure of the film or programme.
Directors can be brought in either to help co-write the script or they can be commissioned after the script has been finished.
The tasks of director can vary across the genres of work, but normal responsibilities could include:
Directors work across all genres, especially in television. For smaller television productions, directors may need to take on joint writing or production responsibilities, so great technical skill is required on top of creativity. Broadcasters or production companies will employ directors, either in film or television. With enough experience, directors can start working on a freelance basis.
The position of director is on the higher end of the scale, with years of extensive experience required through working as a runner, a researcher and usually as an assistant beforehand. First and second assistant directors work in a very similar area, assisting the director with all sorts of organisational and administrative tasks.