TV Job Roles: Lighting Director

The lighting director is the most senior role in television lighting departments. Lighting Directors work closely with the Lighting Console Operator, Senior Electrician (Gaffer) and several Electricians (Sparks).

Typical jobs for a lighting director/ designer, whether in drama, factual or live entertainment are the following:

  • Designing the specific look required for each shot based on the script or brief from the production team
  • Creating plans and budgets, and determine which lights are needed for the production
  • Directing the lighting cues from the gallery
  • Liaising with the director, floor manager and heads of department to carry out the vision of the director
  • Setting up and operating specialised lights and accessories
  • Managing a team of lighting crew (“gaffer” and “sparks”)