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are better defi ned and have wonderful
dynamic ranges where the audience
can now see into both lowlights and
highlights if I want them to.
That's it! – I'm fi nally getting close to
what I do as Director; half the promise
implied in this article's title. I decide
what I want the audience to see and
what I don't want them to see. I am
a visual storyteller. Someone has to
deliver in this important responsibility.
The Producer is rightly concerned
whether he's delivering the promised
work on budget while the Cameraman
is monitoring whether the shot is
correct framed, exposed and in focus.
Meanwhile the Make-up Artist is
looking to see whether those beads
of sweat on the leading man's top lip
are appropriate or not. Who else is
viewing the action from the Audience's
point or view? Who else is caring
about the Audience's understanding,
their sense of fun, their appreciation
of a character's vulnerability ? Me, the
Director, because others often don't
have time to.
My directorial skills toolkit includes
not “crossing the line” when placing
the camera's point of view but also
knowing how to lead a team of people
who are making the production.
No one person makes a fi lm or
TV programme, it takes a team of
individually-skilled people who need a
little space to work well and be given
creative responsibility relating to their
specialist skills. That's what I do, I
lead talented people. You can't make
quality fi lms in a reasonable time on
your own, can you?
Before I became a Director I was
nominated for a BAFTA Technical Craft
award for editing an ITV drama so I
know about editing – where to place a
cut for its effectiveness or its invisibility.
I know how I like shots framed – with
a good amount of looking-room but
no excessive headroom. I like the
perspective of recorded dialogue to
match the perspective of the picture.
I also have my own preferences in
Lighting like mixing light of different
colours - as in life. But when I Direct
I don't actually physically do any of
As Director I don't do anything “hands
on”. I don't touch cameras, lights
or microphones – that's not my job.
I don't step over the line into the
technical areas where other
members of the crew have
responsibility and are, hopefully, more
knowledgeable about their chosen art
and craft than I. I don't tell people how
to do their job. That's what I don't do.
David Crossman is a founder
member of the Directors Guild of
Great Britain and now a member of
Directors UK. He has directed TV
programmes for 40 years and has
been teaching Production skills to
Undergraduates since 2003. Working
with ITTP Founder Graham Reed, in
July 2014 David delivered an ITTP
lecture on Directing at 01Zero-One
in Soho. David can be contacted via:
firstname.lastname@example.org Events & Exhibition Space with TV and Mac Studios in Soho
www.01zero-one.co.uk T 020 7025 1988
facebook.com/01soho Hopkins St, London, W1F 0HS
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