Question by Just Curious: What are the responsibilities of a technical director on the set of a video or film production?
In addition, what is the necessary education/training/work experience needed to work in this career. Thanks in advance!
Answer by Rudy G
While both film & TV are related, and many employees work back and forth, a Technical Director is usually employed in television. They have worked up in ranks and is next in line to the director. They have a clear understanding of how each piece of equipment works, and is usually the person a crew member goes to when they have an equipment problem.
Education: College is helpful, but not required.
Training: Film- close to where they make films
TV- any local tv station
Either way you go, you start from the bottom. You may want to eventually be a cinematographer, but you still start out as a P.A.
I wrote a series of articles for those looking to start a career in this industry. You may find them helpful.
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