NFTS Leeds: Directing TV Drama

Short course


Andrew Gunn is an experienced and versatile film and television director whose diverse work encompasses high-end drama, children’s drama, comedy and short films.

Over this three-day course Andrew takes you through the pre-production and shooting stages of drama directing, and how to effectively and efficiently plan and prepare for the production of high-end drama and continuing drama. Andrew will give in-depth insights into the processes of film-making from the perspective of the television drama director, however this course is also relevant to single-camera comedy directing.

Directing Television Drama is for people with a passion for drama directing, who may already have some directing experience and want to further develop their skills, knowledge and confidence in the world of premium drama. Whether your goal is to expand and enhance your existing skills or to make the transition from short films, documentaries, commercials, indie features or studio directing, this course will allow you to explore the essential craft, technical and professional aspects of the role. You will get a ‘real world’ understanding of the lifestyle and work of a drama director, and how to successfully approach this demanding and challenging job.

  As a participant you will develop your skills as a director through a range of applied creative and technical training that includes:

  • The duties and responsibilities of a drama director.
  • Script reading, analysis and Director’s notes.
  • Director’s planning and prep.
  • Casting and directing actors.
  • The creative and technical aspects of directing drama.
  • Translating the script to the screen.
  • Tone, Style and Visual storytelling.
  • Blocking, staging and choreography of a scene.
  • Collaborating with your Producer and Heads of Department.
  • Shooting with two cameras or more.
  • How to complete your shooting schedule, whilst delivering story and performance.

About the Tutor:

Andrew has directed some of the most high-profile dramas of recent years, working with Academy Award nominees and BAFTA award-winners, and counts amongst his collaborators Andy Serkis, Imelda Staunton, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, David Morrissey, John Simm, Ian Puleston-Davies, Felicity Jones, Sophie Okonedo, Ian Hart and Stephen Tomkinson.

His passion for compelling performance and potent visual storytelling is apparent from his work on hit shows such as the Emmy-winning Life on Mars, Doctor Who, Survivors, Wild at Heart and Primeval. His work extends to comedy, most notably the BAFTA-winning sitcom Green Wing starring Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig, for which he created the signature visual style.

In 2020 Andrew completed several episodes and the finale of the highly anticipated first season of Get Even, a female-led teen thriller for Netflix and BBC. Recently returning to short films Andrew directed, produced and co-wrote The Caravan Trilogy, starring Ian Puleston-Davies (Tin Star, Pennyworth) and David Warner (Tron, Titanic), which achieved Official Selection at The Leeds International Film Festival 2013.

Prizes for his previous short films include two Royal Television Society Awards, a Certificate of Merit at the Chicago International Film Festival and for his graduation film the North East Young Filmmaker Award at the Tyneside International Film Festival.





Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £525
Corporate Rate: £815


How to apply

Application deadline: Coming Soon

This course is not currently open for application. To register your interest, please email NFTS Leeds.

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