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Career details: Producer/Director (Cameraman)

What you do: The range of the job.

THE AIM OF JOB You role would be to work with a Series Producer/Executive Producer to produce creative, imaginative and exciting programmes that inform, educate and entertain. MAIN DUTIES The Producer/Director will devise and produce original, innovative and entertaining programme ideas/treatments which are feasible, in genre, and meet programming objectives. 1. Interpret visually/orally, you’re own and others’ ideas/stories in an imaginative, creative and practical way, demonstrating an understanding of the artistic potential of the television/radio/on-line medium and effectively conveying the intention, style and mood of the programme. 2. Demonstrate balanced and objective judgement and editorial decision making, based on a thorough understanding of editorial guidelines, the target audience, programme and departmental objectives. 3. To manage, control and monitor budgets effectively, using knowledge of internal and external market costs of production resources to create cost-effective programming. 4. To offer practical solutions which demonstrate an understanding of business/commercial objectives and problems in the context of the broadcast market. 5. To plan and organise ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others, communicating effectively both orally and in writing whilst building and developing effective working relationships with a wide range of personalities. 6. To lead and motivate production teams, crews and contributors, persuading others through well reasoned arguments, ensuring that their views and perspectives are considered and gaining the co-operation of production colleagues, contributors and artists by using tact and diplomacy.

Qualities: What you need to be able to do the job

Experience would be required in producing films at edit stage; managing a team; building narrative. You would be an accomplished self starter with strong negotiating and research skills; sound knowledge of producer guidelines and the law as it affects journalists. You will need to have experience with casting characters and making key editorial decisions. You will need to remain up-to-date with the latest techniques as well as current regulations, policies and procedures and their application in the Producer/Director field. Have a sound working knowledge of production and post-production processes, techniques and technology and be aware of different styles/approaches to programme making and the differing roles and requirements of each party involved - production team, crews, artists and contributors. Is familiar with research techniques and sources (written, visual, audio). Have current in-depth knowledge of subject area/specialism and current affairs. Be familiar with the target audiences, their profile and needs and have current knowledge of audience research, and awareness of topical issues. Health and Safety guidelines, procedures and responsibilities Equal Opportunities guidelines, Conditions of Service and the appraisal process. Statutory policies and regulations relevant to programme making i.e. artists' rights, copyright, music copyright, insurance requirements, working with children etc Directing skill/experience may include directing on location, demonstrating audio/visual flair and the ability to make the best use of different mediums. Familiar with the Editorial vision, with the relevant computer/WP systems. Able to operate cameras and sound equipment to a high standard. Familiar with the current market costs of internal/external resources. A basic knowledge of programme budgeting, costing and forecasting systems.

Career path: How you start and where you can go with it.

As a Producer/Director (Cameraman) there are a wide range of routes your career could take. The key things are: ideas and efficiency, in addition to the actual specific abilities for the role you are going up for. Common career paths would be to train as a journalist in print, radio or as a researcher in television. From there progressing to senior researcher in television, then an Assistant Producer and then Producer and/or Director. Technical skills in Production such as Camera, Sound, Lighting, Editing, Art, Engineering are also common career paths. You will always find directors who for example, perhaps did a Politics degree, then were sound recordists and then a Director. Producers of TV Drama for example, can come from a variety of backgrounds and routes. They may have done Drama or English at university, they may have worked in the theatre afterwards and then progressed to script reading or writing, or continuity in television. But there are Producers who did none of these things, and took other routes such as moving from Production Secretary to Producer.

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