Published on 11 May 2020 in Career

Directing Multi-Camera Entertainment: Online workshops with ScreenSkills and Directors UK

Directors UK is working in collaboration with ScreenSkills to deliver a week of online workshops covering the craft of multi-camera entertainment directing.

This takeover week will explore the genre in depth, spanning everything from comedy to 'shiny floor' shows, chat shows, reality shows and live event TV.

Each session will be led by experienced Directors UK members, who have all directed innovative and popular shows that viewers treasure.

The sessions will shine a light on the skills needed to bring popular shows to the screen, construct action and story, and creatively lead a crew. Find out more about the sessions below.

A select number of places have been made available exclusively for Directors UK members, which you can book now using the links below.

General booking opens on Wednesday and previous sessions have filled up extremely quickly, so book early using the link below to avoid disappointment

The Programme

Sessions will be taking place every weekday next week from 5-6pm.

Monday 18 May

Directing Multi-Camera Entertainment: Shiny-Floor Shows, with Liz Clare (The Voice UK) and Nikki Parsons (Strictly Come Dancing).

Liz Clare and Nikki Parsons will together discuss their route to directing the UK’s most popular entertainment shows – including Strictly Come Dancing and The Voice – and offer an insight into the craft of bringing these shows to the screen. BOOK NOW.

Tuesday 19 May

Directing Multi-Camera Entertainment: Chat Shows, with Steve Smith (The Graham Norton Show).

Steve Smith will outline his career to date working on some of the top entertainment shows and discuss the craft of multi-cam directing with a focus on his long association with The Graham Norton Show, recently re-invented via Zoom for a lock-down audience. BOOK NOW.

Wednesday 20 May

Directing Multi-Camera Entertainment: Reality Shows, with Jan Genesis (Love Island).

Jan Genesis will provide an insight into the making of reality show formats and his role as a director — with a particular focus on the ever-popular shows Love Island and I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here. He will delve into how reality television has evolved since the days of Big Brother and some of the key differences between the shows he has worked on. Jan will also detail some of the key considerations when setting up a reality show, the role of the series director and why having multiple reality directors across the series is an essential contributor to the success of these shows. BOOK NOW.

Thursday 21 May

Directing Multi-Camera Entertainment: Live Event TV and Music, with Richard Valentine (One Love Manchester) and Julia Knowles (World War One Remembered: Passchendaele).

Richard Valentine and Julia Knowles will discuss together the craft of taking live events to the screen for a global audience and will discuss memorable shows like One Love Manchester, the unique live The Sound of Music produced for ITV and award-winning Passchendaele Remembered. BOOK NOW.

Friday 22 May

Directing Multi-Camera Entertainment: Studio Comedy, with Barbara Wiltshire (Inside No.9).

A must for comedy lovers. Barbara Wiltshire will give an insight into her career to date focusing on award winning comedy Inside No. 9 — for which Barbara won the BAFTA for Director Multi-camera at the TV craft awards 2019 — amongst other shows including the Mash Report, Would I Lie To You? *and *8 out of 10 Cats. BOOK NOW.

These sessions are supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

This is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

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