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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 these things. 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: Events & Exhibition Space with TV and Mac Studios in Soho T 020 7025 1988 Hopkins St, London, W1F 0HS E @01zero_one TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 92 AUGUST 2014 | 43 TV-BAY092AUG14.indd 43 08/08/2014 15:28