Careers in Film and Video Production
If you’re like most people and fascinated by the film and television industries, all you need is the right training to launch a new career. While careers in film, television, and radio are highly competitive, a career school training in the latest digital technology combined with hands-on training will give you the skills you need to get your foot in the door.
Most people tend to focus on the talent in front of the camera, but most jobs in video and film production are behind the scenes. Here are some of the career possibilities for people interested in film and video production, as well as some jobs you probably didn’t know were out there.
Many people who desire careers in film and video production want to become directors. Besides interpreting scripts and deciding how scenes will be shot by the camera operators, directors are responsible for all of the creative decisions involved in making a film or show. Directors make aesthetic decisions about what costumes will look like, hold auditions and hire actors, and decide where footage will be shot.
Most directors start their careers as assistant directors. Assistant directors work under the supervision of the director and help oversee cast and crew. Assistant directors are often responsible for giving cues to actors and technicians. Often, they will help set a “stage” by giving directions to lighting engineers and camera operators.
A producer handles all the business aspects of a production. They are responsible for getting the money to make a film or television show through funding. They budget the production by deciding on the total cost and size of the endeavor, and they make contracts with personnel (including the director). Producers who work in broadcasting also decide what will be aired on television and radio. Think of a producer as a behind-the-scenes boss who runs the show from start to finish.
Directors, assistant directors, and producers should all see average job growth through 2016. In the film industry, most of these jobs are concentrated in New York and Los Angeles. However, directing and producing jobs are available everywhere for shooting local television shows like news broadcasts.
If you have an interest in a specific aspect of film and video production, Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, offers several different bachelors degrees in film. You can choose to major in commercial film, feature film, visual effects, or animation.
Camera Operators and Editors
Camera operators and editors film and put together everything from television shows and movies to documentaries and corporate training sessions. They can work for television networks to film newscasts and studio shows, work in advertising to film commercials, or work as event videographers at weddings and bar mitzvahs. To have camera and editing skills means that you could virtually be employed in any aspect of film or video production.
With new digital technology, many camera operators are also editors in the sense that they can edit on location (or at home, for freelance event videographers). Most camera operators and editors are employed by local television stations, cable networks, and production companies.
Most camera operators and editors begin their careers in smaller markets to gain experience. They will often work as production assistants first before graduating to equipment operators. Employment in this field of film and video production is expected to be average through 2016.
Courses in camera operation and editing deal with different kinds of equipment used in film and video production, as well as processes and techniques used to make films and programs visually appealing.
Brown College near Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, offers an Associate Degree in Television Production. The program culminates with either an internship or a practicum project, so you’ll have valuable experience to put on your resume before you even finished school.
Careers in Broadcasting
Broadcasting is an interesting career in the film and video production industry in that it combines creativity, technical savvy, and business sense. Broadcasting refers to the act of transmitting a signal from a radio or television station to individual listeners or viewers at home. News, talk shows, music, movies, commercials, and everything else you see or hear on television or radio is broadcast. People who work in broadcasting do everything from creating programs and acquiring rights to show programming to selling commercial advertising.
This is an exciting time to consider a career in broadcasting. As television converts from analog to digital, recent computer training can give you a leg up on the competition. These jobs are available all over the country, but because of recent industry consolidation, job growth will be slower than average over the next decade or so.
To get the training and experience you need to break into broadcasting, Hesser College has four locations in New Hampshire and believes in hands-on, skill-based learning. They offer an Associate Degree in Radio and Video Production and Broadcasting. It’s a mouthful, but you’ll learn all aspects of broadcasting to make you a versatile job candidate in the field.
Sound Engineers and Technicians
Sound engineers and technicians should be in demand through 2016, with a faster than average growth rate in the field. While a sound engineer doesn’t have to be involved in film and video production, it’s a viable career option for someone with interest in film and video. Thirty percent of sound engineers work in broadcasting, while seventeen percent work in the film, video, and recording industries.
Sound engineers and technicians set up and monitor sound and recording equipment at concerts, events, live shows, movie and television sets, and in recording studios. Today’s sound engineers must also be skilled at computer networking and have familiarity with industry software.
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