Most get attracted towards video production (at least initially) because it looks like a very creative field (compared to other jobs) and because many see it as a stepping stone towards doing something big (making a movie someday).
But the good thing is that a career in this line of work can actually be financially rewarding as well. The number of jobs in this field has been growing steadily in the last few years and is expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate in the next few years as well.
Video production involves the creation and editing of videos (television commercials, documentaries, movies). Here are the more popular role that people play in this industry.
They are also known as video camera operators, and as the name suggests, they shoot videos/movies. Experienced Videographers are comfortable shooting in a variety of different genres.
As far as employment is concerned, video camera operators are required in TV stations, movie studios, and even news media to record newsworthy events.
Usually employers prefer candidates with both creativity and a strong technical knowledge of the industry (most prefer at least a bachelor’s degree). Extensive travel may be required as part of the job description.
Once the video footage has been captured, it needs to be edited, and that is where Video Editors come into picture. A video editor plays an important role in shaping up the final product, and needs to have a good understanding of the various editing tools available (in addition to film-making).
Most TV stations & movie studios hire video editors with good experience, creativity and preferably a bachelor’s degree.
Producers main responsibility is to help in getting a project executed. They help set up shoots in various locations, and in some cases may be required to keep a track of the expenses (to ensure the project finishes within the planned budget).
An executive or senior producer has more responsibility and makes more important decisions than a junior or associate producer within the video production industry.
So some producers may also make decisions regarding camera angles during filming. Some producers may perform basic editing functions as well, and some make key editing decisions during the post-production process.
Lot of video producers work as freelancers, but if you were to look for a job, you’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree in film or multimedia production. Most position require producers to have a few years of experience as well, in addition to the degree.
Video production is not just about making movies, there’s lot of demand for TV commercials and even educational videos (mode and more educational institutes are using videos as part of their curricula). That is where Multimedia specialists play an important role; these specialists work with video, audio, graphics and other forms of visual communication.
Most Multimedia specialists usually have an an associate’s degree in fields such as as computer graphics or film production.
These are the more popular video production jobs available to you, if you want to get a break in this industry. If you have experience, you can even work as a freelancer by leveraging on your contacts.