A TV director is part of a crew of individuals who develop and produce a television program. The director’s responsibilities are quite varied. Some of these include preparing for the shoot, shooting the program and reviewing the material after it has been shot.
Part of what a TV director does is preparing for the shoots that he or she will complete in order to produce a television program. A portion of this preparation is dedicated to the script. The director might go over the script with writers and other involved personnel to make sure everything reads well and comedic timing is right, among other things. Meeting with various individuals about the location of the shoots and who is cast in the program are other tasks completed during the preparation phase.
After all initial prep work is done, the TV director can focus on shooting the program. Depending on the number of locations and cast members, this might take quite a bit of time. Even though initial preparation has been put into the program, the director still must do daily prep work, which involves making sure the sets are set up properly and that lighting is correct. He or she might also do a run-through of the script with the cast. After the sets are ready, the TV director begins filming the shot.
A TV director’s day might be quite lengthy because of the length of some programs or the multitude of various locations needed for shots. Each set must be set up according to the scene for which it is being used. This includes lighting and other mechanics that a director might be in charge of doing. If a program is particularly lengthy or makes use of quite a few different scenes, the director will work to make sure everything looks just right for the look and feel he or she is going for in the program.
When all shots have been filmed for the day, the TV director will begin the process of reviewing the footage. He or she will check to make sure everything flows and that there were no mistakes. He or she also might check to make sure things such as lighting and sound are being used properly in the shot. A final portion of the day usually is devoted to informing the crew of what is in store for the next day’s shooting so everyone is prepared and ready to go on the next day of filming.