The Role of a Television Director

In most cases, a television director is given a script by the produce of the show and their first job will be to convert the script visually into segments. The show is always geared towards a specific audience and this is of utmost importance because the show must be clarified in such a way that the audience can understand what is going on. Since many programs are series, the audience must buy into the show enough to want to watch it every week.

The TV director must also understand the technical end of the production. The number o cameras, the types of shots and where they should be placed will depend on what emotion or design the show must present to the viewing audience. All of these add to the balance of the show.

Before a show goes into production, a director must start planning. Understanding the purpose of the show, and the message that the producers want to send to a specific audience play a part in the decision the director makes for cast and what will happen during each week. During this phase, a director can also get a feeling for where the program should be done — in the TV studio set or on location. This decision will also determine whether the show is live, videotaped or shot with a single or multicamera. All of these decisions are made by the director, in communication with the producer.

The production crew will also be picked by the director or the producers, depending on the contract. It is very important to communicate with the production crew because they will be the ones a director must guide to the overall vision of the show.

Scheduling of all aspects of the show is equally important. The more detailed this schedule, the better the director can keep on track with the producers’ master schedule. The script must be edited and evolved to get the most effective presentation to the audience:
There are a variety of script formats, but the script format a director will use will depend on the type of show they are directing.