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  • A man is sitting at a desk, using a computer and editing equipment.

    Setting up the editing equipment.

  • A man is sitting at a desk, using various editing facilities.

    Editing some video footage.

  • A man is sitting at a desk, using a telephone.  A telephone directory is open on the desk.

    This work often involves finding people who are willing to be filmed.

  • Two men are sitting in a small office, talking.  One of the men is holding a piece of paper.

    Discussing a video script with a client.

  • A man is kneeling on the ground, next to a car.  He is looking into a video camera.

    Filming some extra shots, that will help to make a video more interesting.

  • A woman is sitting behind a large, empty desk. Two men are standing in front of her.  One man is wearing headphones and looking into a video camera, and the other is holding a clipboard.

    With the cameraman, filming a newspaper reporter who is talking about her job.

  • Two men are sitting at a desk.  They are both looking at a CD.  There is a computer on the desk behind them.

    Discussing the finished product with the senior producer.

  • Video Producer

Video Producer

Introduction

As a Video Producer, you will put together videos for a range of areas, like education, advertising, music promos, and events such as weddings.Technical parts of this job include operating cameras, sound recording equipment and lighting.

Also known as

  • Film/Video Maker

Work Activities

As a Video Producer, you will make videos for a variety of commercial and industrial purposes. Many video-making companies are small, producing relatively low cost professional productions.

Videos can cover a range of areas, such as education, advertising, music promos and events such as weddings. Some independent Video Producers also make videos of broadcast standard for television companies.

You might make videos for use on social media, such as Youtube, Facebook, or Twitter.

Editing software is used to mix, cut and arrange shots, and to improve the quality of pictures and sound. You will need to be familiar with different types of video editing software, such as:

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Blender
  • Davinci Resolve
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • WeVideo
  • HitFilm 4 Express

And there are many more examples of software.

As a Video Producer, you will first look carefully at your customers' requirements before planning and preparing for recording. Preparation can involve finding and arranging locations and writing scripts/storyboards.

During filming, you will organise the people taking part. You'll decide exactly where filming will take place, how different shots are to be set up and how many 'takes' are needed to get the footage they need.

Financial control is important, as the business must be viable and videos must be produced at a competitive price. Other aspects of the work can include sales, marketing and making presentations to clients.

Local, national and international travel may be required, with overnight and longer stays away from home. As a Video Producer, you'll usually work long and irregular hours, which can include early starts, late finishes, and work at weekends and public holidays.

Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become a Video Producer, you need:

  • time management and organisational skills
  • good communication and people skills
  • creativity - for developing ideas and problem solving
  • practical skills to use a range of technical equipment
  • good IT skills and to be familiar with digital editing software
  • good hand-eye co-ordination
  • to be able to work carefully and patiently to produce a professionally finished product
  • the ability to work well under pressure

Marketing, presentational and book-keeping skills are an advantage, particularly if you are setting up your own business.

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates given below are approximate.

  • Starting: £25,500 - £28,500
  • With experience: £32,000 - £40,000
  • Senior Video Producers earn £43,000

Hours of work

Video Producers decide their own hours of work, which may be long and irregular depending on the project.

Where could I work?

Opportunities for Video Producers occur in towns and cities throughout the UK..

Employers are industrial and commercial video companies. Most of these are small operations, set up and run by one or two people.

Companies producing videos for broadcasting are fewer. There may be opportunities with these companies, if you have experience and training.

There may be opportunities to work on location in other countries.

Self-employment

Many Video Producers are self-employed.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, on recruitment and employers' websites, and on Find a Job (www.gov.uk/jobsearch).

Social media websites, such as LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, are a great way to network, find vacancies and get in contact with possible employers. Make sure that your profile presents you in a professional manner that will appeal to potential employers.

Take a look at our General Information Article 'Finding Work Online'.

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

There are no set entry routes for this type of work. It is possible for talented amateurs to move into professional video making.

You will often first start out working for someone else, and gain valuable experience.

Training

A number of private training organisations provide short courses to fee-paying students. On average, these can last from one to five days. Courses are available in:

  • general commercial/industrial video production
  • wedding video production
  • music video production

Courses are also available on particular aspects of video making, such as editing, camera operation, etc.

You could consider a longer, more in-depth course, particularly if you want to work in broadcast standard video production. Various qualifications at all levels, such as diplomas, degrees and foundation degrees are available. Course titles vary; examples are:

  • film, TV and video studies
  • factual TV and video production
  • video production

The National Film and Television School offer a course in first time factual producing. This course is suitable for people who would like to work in television production, which could really make you stand out from the crowd. By the end of the course, you would have learnt:

  • the role of the Producer, Director and production teams
  • how to find out whether an idea fits into the market
  • scheduling and budgeting
  • legal aspects including contracts, copyright and health and safety
  • post production
  • marketing, sales agents and distributers

They also offer similar courses, which include running your own film production company and documentary production management.

Other courses could be available in your area.

Work Experience

Relevant skills and abilities gained with a video production company are valuable. Having a good portfolio of photographic work, and a showreel of your own creative work, is often essential.

Progression

Those who have been employed could, with experience, set up their own business. Some progress to broadcast television and film work.

Qualifications

Candidates who want to enter a course covering video production are expected to demonstrate creativity and good communication and technical skills.

Although formal qualifications are not always required, for some courses GCSEs (A*-C or 9-4), including English and maths, are useful.

Many entrants to this work have a higher qualification, such as a HND or degree.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Experience

Relevant skills and abilities gained with a video production company are valuable. Having a good portfolio of photographic work, and a showreel of your own creative work, is often essential.

Courses

If you don't have the qualifications needed to enter your chosen degree or HND course, a college or university Access course (eg, Access to Media) could be the way in. No formal qualifications are usually required, but you should check individual course details.

Further Information

British Film Institute (BFI)

Website: www.bfi.org.uk

National Film and Television School (NFTS)

Tel: 01494 671234

Email: info@nfts.co.uk

Website: www.nftsfilm-tv.ac.uk

ScreenSkills

Skills for the creative industries

Email: info@creativeskillset.org

Website: www.creativeskillset.org

Creative Choices

Publisher: Creative & Cultural Skills

Email: info@creative-choices.co.uk

Website: www.creative-choices.co.uk

Creative & Cultural Skills

Skills for craft, cultural heritage, design, literature, music, performing arts and visual arts

Email: london@ccskills.org.uk

Website: ccskills.org.uk

Northern Ireland Screen

Northern Ireland Enquiries

Email: info@northernirelandscreen.co.uk

Website: www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk

StartinTV

Website: www.startintv.com

Videomaker

Website: www.videomaker.com

Wales Screen

Website: www.screenwales.com

Ffilm Cymru Wales

Address: S4C Media Centre, Parc Ty Glas, Llanishen, Cardiff, UK, CF14 5DU

Tel: 029 2076 6931

Email: enquiries@ffilmcymruwales.co.uk

Website: www.ffilmcymruwales.com

S4C (Welsh Enquiries)

Address: Parc Ty Glas, Llanishen, Cardiff, UK, CF14 5DU

Tel: 029 2046 5533

Website: www.s4c.co.uk

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