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TV or Film Director

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A film or TV director creates the overall visual and sound effect of a production. They use their organisational skills and technical knowledge to manage the whole production process, managing the production, technical and creative teams.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Some directors work for little or no pay but will share in any profit the film makes.

The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) website has recommended freelance rates of pay. First Assistant Director for prime time TV Drama is £44.71 an hour, and for high budget Feature Films is £78.24 an hour (February 2019).

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Getting In

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
3073
2.3 %
RISE
2024
3143
  United Kingdom
2019
56453
3.4 %
RISE
2024
58367

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What Does it Take?

You need:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

If you are aged 18 or over you may be interested in The Network through Screen Education Edinburgh. The Network is held each year alongside the TV Festival in Edinburgh. If selected you would attend for four free days of masterclasses and workshops which will provide you with the skills, knowledge and contacts to start a career in TV. You can usually apply from January to May.

There are local opportunities to take part in film competitions and workshops — like the Edinburgh Schools Film Competition or the Glasgow Youth Film Festival.

BBC Scotland runs an apprenticeship scheme for people who are keen to get into a career in the media industry. The closing date for applications is usually sometime in April or May. The one-year apprenticeship is based in Glasgow and pays £14,250 a year. As well as learning on the job at BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay in various departments, you will study towards a Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at a Glasgow college. Ideally applicants will have National 5 English and Maths, good IT skills and a keen interest in media. You must be at least 18 at the start date of the apprenticeship. Entry is very competitive as places are limited. The selection process includes an assessment day and tests in English and Maths. For any questions and updates by following @BBCGetin on Twitter. If you would like to find out more or check on application deadline dates visit BBC Scotland Apprenticeships.

Young Scot and Creative Scotland operate the 'Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund', which aims to support young people aged 11-25 and interested in developing creative or artistic skills. Both individuals and groups can apply for funding ranging from £50 to £1,000. For more information see the Young Scot website.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
Tel: 020 7734 0022
E-mail: info@bafta.org
Website: http://www.bafta.org/initiatives/supporting-talent/scholarships/uk-programme
Twitter: @BAFTA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/baftascotland/

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme awards a small number of scholarships for postgraduate courses related to a career in film, TV or computer games.

British Film Institute
Website: http://www.bfi.org.uk/
Twitter: @BFI
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BritishFilmInstitute

Directors Guild Trust and DGGB CIC Ltd
Tel: 020 8891 6057
E-mail: info@dggb.org
Website: http://www.dggb.org
Twitter: @DGT_DGGB
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Directors-Guild-Trust-Directors-Guild-of-Great-Britain-137761472956466/

Edinburgh TV Festival
Tel: 020 7278 9515
E-mail: info@thetvfestival.com
Website: http://www.thetvfestival.com
Twitter: @EdinburghTVFest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsEdinburghTVFestival

National Film and Television School
Tel: 01494 671234
E-mail: info@nfts.co.uk
Website: http://nfts.co.uk
Twitter: @NFTSFilmTV
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NFTSFilmTV

Scottish Drama Training Network
Tel: 0141 270 8349
Website: http://sdtn.org/
Twitter: @SDTNtweets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sdtnofficial/

ScreenSkills
E-mail: info@screenskills.com
Website: https://www.ScreenSkills.com
Twitter: @UKScreenSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKScreenSkills

ScreenSkills (formerly Creative Skillset) works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

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