Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) Kaitohu (Kiriata, Pouaka Whakaata, Irirangi, Whakaari rānei)

Directors instruct cast and crew and oversee the artistic and production aspects of film, television, radio or stage creations.

Directors may do some or all of the following:

  • study scripts to determine how they will be produced
  • instruct actors, presenters and performers on how a scene or role is performed
  • work with crew to assess technical requirements of productions
  • collaborate with make up, hair and wardrobe departments
  • direct or collaborate on the positioning of scenery, props, and lighting and sound equipment
  • direct or collaborate on how a production is to be filmed
  • be involved in final editing in collaboration with the editors.

Physical Requirements

Directors need to be reasonably fit and healthy as the hours are often long and demanding, and they may work outdoors in challenging locations.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for directors includes:

  • journalism or research work
  • management work
  • camera operation
  • video editing or production
  • directing media productions
  • graphic design
  • photography
  • acting.

Personal Qualities

Directors need to be:

  • skilled researchers and storytellers
  • good communicators, with the ability to manage and motivate teams
  • good decision-makers
  • creative and imaginative
  • disciplined and organised
  • able to work well under pressure.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for directors includes:

  • journalism or research work
  • management work
  • camera operation
  • video editing or production
  • directing media productions
  • graphic design
  • photography
  • acting.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a director. However, English, media studies, and music, dance and drama are useful.

Directors may specialise in a particular area of production, such as feature and documentary films, television, radio or stage.

Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)