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Film, stage and television directors are responsible for shaping the creative aspects of films, stage productions and television shows. They read and interpret scripts and turn those scripts into live, filmed or broadcast productions. They make decisions in conjunction with producers, cinematographers, andFuture Growth Strong editors and designers, and provide creative guidance to actors, dancers, hosts and other performers. Directors also coordinate the activities of studio or stage crew and technicians, to ensure that all technical elements of a production are correct. Film, stage and television directors work all over Australia, either filming in any of our country’s stunning locations, or bringing professional productions to audiences in our cities and towns.

Film, stage and television directors direct the overall production, or specific aspects of the production, of films, television programs or stage shows. They have the final responsibility for making sure that everything is ready to be filmed or performed.

Directors are responsible for managing the creative aspects of performing arts productions, such as movies, television shows, and live theatre shows. They guide actors in how best to play their characters. They work with producers to manage the production, but ultimately directors answer to the producer.


ANZSCO ID: 212312

Alternative names: Film Stage Radio and Television Director,

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • artistic flair
  • good communication skills
  • able to remain calm under pressure
  • able to exercise authority.

Gillian Armstrong
Gillian Armstrong given the CinefestOz's Screen Legend award-
the first woman to feature in its walk of fame 2016.
(Source: The Guardian)

Duties and Tasks

Film, stage and television directors may perform the following tasks:

  • study scripts to determine artistic interpretation, theme and setting
  • supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crew
  • plan and arrange for set designs, costumes, sound effects and lighting
  • direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education
  • select actors for roles in the production by viewing performances and conducting screen tests and auditions
  • plan, direct and coordinate filming or taping, instructing camera operators on the position and the angle of their shots and coordinating changes in lighting and sound
  • edit film or videotape and add soundtrack and other effects
  • coordinate the activities of the studio/stage crew, performers and technicians during rehearsals and productions.
  • assessing locations and staging requirements for productions in association with specialist designers
  • overseeing creative aspects of film, television, radio and stage productions
  • compile cue words and phrases, and cue announcers, cast members, and technicians during performances
  • determining lighting, film, shutter angles, filter factors, camera distance, depth of field and focus, angles of view and other variables to achieve desired mood and effect
  • viewing film and video tape to evaluate and select scenes and determine which scenes need to be re-shot
  • planning and organising the preparation and presentation of programs
  • establish the pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.
  • supervising the positioning of scenery, props and lighting and sound equipment
  • assessing technical requirements of productions by studying scripts and discussing program content, set locations and stage directions with production team
  • creating, planning, writing scripts for, recording, videotaping and editing programs

Director Charby Ibrahim
Juvie Director Charby Ibrahim and DoP Vincent Lamberti
(Source: Screen Australia)

 

Working conditions

Film, stage and television directors work in film and television studios, theatres and other performance spaces, and on film or television sets in actual locations. When working outside they generally require specific, usually clement weather conditions. They work long hours, often until late, and may be required to work on weekends or public holidays. They may be required to travel locally, across Australia or overseas to shoot on location.

Tools and technologies

Film, stage and television directors use office equipment, as well as using laptop computers and mobile phones to stay in contact with key people in the entertainment industry. They also need to be familiar with many of the technical aspects of the filmmaking process, but not necessarily require any practical experience with the equipment involved.


Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a film, television, radio or stage director you usually need to complete a VET qualification or degree in screen, film, media or a related area. Relevant courses are widely available at TAFE Colleges and universities throughout Australia.

Employment Opportunities

Employment of directors is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations.

Some job growth in the motion picture and video industry is expected to stem from strong demand from the public for more movies and television shows. In addition, production companies are experimenting with new content delivery methods, such as mobile and online TV, which may lead to more work opportunities for directors in the future.

Directors who work in small- and medium-sized theatres may see slower job growth because many of those theatres have difficulty finding funding and have been hit badly with the pandemic. This situation is changing.

Did You Know?

Australia has many famous movie Directors including ... Baz Luhrmann

Baz Luhrmann
(Source: FanPop)
Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann (born 17 September 1962) is an Australian film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for
The Red Curtain Trilogy, which includes his films Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!.
In 2008, he released his film Australia, starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.

(Source:
Wikipedia)

Bruce Beresford

Bruce Beresford
(Source:
Bruce Beresford website)

He established his reputation as one of Australia's best directors with a series of notable films in the 1970s, including his first feature film, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, Don's Party, The Getting of Wisdom, The Club and Breaker Morant.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Peter Weir

Peter Weir
(Source: Starscolor)

Peter Lindsay Weir, AM (born 21 August 1944) is an Australian film director. After playing a leading role in the Australian New Wave cinema with his films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave and Gallipoli, Weir directed a diverse group of American and international films—many of them major box office hits—including the Academy Award nominees Witness, Dead Poets Society, Green Card, The Truman Show and Master and Commander.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Rob Sitch

Rob Sitch
(Source:
Wikipedia)

Sitch is currently a member of the Working Dog production company which produced the television shows Frontline, A River Somewhere, The Panel, Thank God You're Here and feature films The Castle, the The Dish and Any Questions for Ben?. Sitch co-wrote and directed each of these movies.
(Source: Wikipedia)

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