NFTS Leeds: Directing TV Drama: In Person

Short course


This course is for people with a passion for directing and who may have some directing experience already.

Over three days, the course explores how to effectively and efficiently prepare for the shoot during pre production, implement your planning during the shoot and also the importance of delivering your shoot on time, to the post production team. This course will cover continuing drama and high end drama.

During this course you will work with an award winning, experienced director and explore the range of TV drama's currently available. You will get the inside track on what life as a TV drama director is like, how to approach the role and you will also develop your skills as a director.

Participants will learn through a range of theoretical and practical excercises.

About the Tutor:

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

Having previously directed some of the most high-profile dramas of recent years, in 2020 he completed several episodes and the finale of the highly anticipated first season of Get Even, a female-led teen thriller for Netflix and BBC.

He has worked 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.

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: Book Now

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