- knowledge of media production and communication
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- leadership skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- ambition and a desire to succeed
- broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
- knowledge of English language
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- meeting producers to plan filming schedules and resources
- developing scripts or ideas for programmes
- developing storyboards
- deciding how the production should look and where it should be filmed
- hiring the cast and crew
- explaining technical requirements to different teams
- directing actors on set or location
- supervising the editing
You could work at a film studio, at a TV studio or on a film set.
Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and you may spend nights away from home.
With experience you might develop your own projects and raise the money to put them into production.
You'll find more details about directing in film and TV through ScreenSkills.
Shooting People has information, resources and networks for independent film-makers.
You can find out more about creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.