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Working As A Video Producer

  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $48,877

    Average Salary

What Does A Video Producer Do

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Duties

Producers and directors typically do the following:

  • Select scripts or topics for a film, show, commercial, or play
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Oversee the production process, including performances, lighting, and choreography
  • Oversee the postproduction process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Promote finished works or productions through interviews, advertisements, and film festivals

Large productions often have associate, assistant, and line producers who share responsibilities. For example, on a large movie set an executive producer is in charge of the entire production, and a line producer runs the day-to-day operations. A TV show may employ several assistant producers to whom the head or executive producer gives certain duties, such as supervising the costume and makeup team.

Similarly, large productions usually employ several assistant directors, who help the director with tasks such as making set changes or notifying the performers when it is their time to go onstage. The specific responsibilities of assistant producers or directors vary with the size and type of production they work on.

Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, commercial, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, film and video editors, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and they are ultimately responsible for the final product.

Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsals, they work with the actors to help them more accurately portray their characters. For nonfiction video, such as documentaries or live broadcasts, directors choose topics or subjects to film. They investigate the topic and may interview relevant participants or experts on camera. Directors also work with cinematographers and other crew members to ensure the final product matches the overall vision.

Directors work with set designers, costume designers, location scouts, and art directors to build a project’s set. During a film’s postproduction phase, they work closely with film editors and music supervisors to make sure that the final product comes out the way the producer and director envisioned. Stage directors, unlike television or film directors who document their product with cameras, make sure the cast and crew give a consistently strong live performance. For more information, see the profiles on actors, writers and authors, film and video editors and camera operators, dancers and choreographers, and multimedia artists and animators.

Although directors are in charge of the creative aspects of a show, they ultimately answer to producers. Some directors also share producing duties for their own films.

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How To Become A Video Producer

Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.

Education

Producers and directors usually have a bachelor’s degree. Many students study film or cinema at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. Others major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Many stage directors complete a degree in theater and some go on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Classes may include directing, playwriting, set design, and acting. As of May 2015, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited more than 180 programs in theater arts.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Producers and directors might start out working in a theatrical management office as a business or company manager. In television or film, they might start out as an assistant or another low-profile studio job.

Advancement

As a producer’s or director’s reputation grows, he or she may work on larger projects that attract more attention or publicity.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Producers and directors must coordinate the work of many different people to finish a production on time and within budget.

Creativity. Because a script can be interpreted in different ways, directors must decide how they want to interpret it and then how to represent the script’s ideas on the screen or stage.

Leadership skills. A director instructs actors and helps them portray their characters in a believable manner. They also supervise the crew, who are responsible for the behind the scenes work.

Time-management skills. Producers must find and hire the best director and crew for the production. They make sure that all involved do their jobs effectively, keeping within a production schedule and a budget.

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Video Producer Career Paths

Video Producer
Executive Producer Creative Director Marketing Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Producer Executive Producer Communications Director
Chief Communications Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Production Director Creative Services Director Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Photographer Marketing Manager Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Consultant Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Media Specialist Media Director
Digital Media Director
7 Yearsyrs
Video Production Specialist Producer Digital Producer
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Director, Video Production Project Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Production Director Marketing Director Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Producer Senior Project Manager Marketing Consultant
Head Of Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Photographer Owner/Photographer Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Project Manager Product Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Producer Director Creative Director
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Producer Director Production Manager Account Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Senior Project Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Producer Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Freelancer Communications Specialist Media Specialist
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Account Executive
Sales And Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Video Producer 3.0 years
Media Producer 3.0 years
Editor & Producer 2.9 years
Video Specialist 2.8 years
Producer 2.6 years
Video Editor 2.5 years
Content Producer 2.0 years
Videographer 1.9 years
Associate Producer 1.8 years
Assistant Producer 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 11.0%
Video Editor 10.4%
Producer 5.7%
Editor 5.1%
Reporter 2.7%
Top Employers After
Video Editor 16.0%
Producer 7.6%
Editor 4.8%
Owner 3.6%
Internship 3.0%

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Video Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.3%

Female

23.9%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

3.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.9%

French

12.2%

Portuguese

9.2%

German

4.6%

Mandarin

3.8%

Italian

3.1%

Chinese

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Russian

2.3%

Korean

1.5%

Greek

1.5%

Swedish

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Hawaiian

0.8%

Malay

0.8%

Thai

0.8%

Braille

0.8%

Carrier

0.8%

Croatian

0.8%

Irish

0.8%
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Video Producer Education

Schools

Full Sail University

10.5%

New York University

8.3%

Savannah College of Art and Design

7.0%

San Francisco State University

5.4%

Columbia College Chicago

5.4%

Temple University

5.4%

University of Texas at Austin

5.4%

American University

5.4%

Ohio University -

4.8%

Towson University

4.8%

Syracuse University

4.5%

Academy of Art University

4.5%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Fitchburg State University

3.8%

Emerson College

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.5%

Boston University

3.5%

Ball State University

3.5%

University of Southern California

3.2%
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Majors

Photography

30.8%

Communication

19.0%

Journalism

10.0%

Digital Media

6.8%

Graphic Design

4.0%

Fine Arts

3.7%

Business

3.6%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.3%

Entertainment Business

2.3%

English

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.8%

Computer Science

1.7%

Public Relations

1.6%

Agricultural Public Services

1.4%

Writing

1.4%

Electrical Engineering

1.4%

Computer Applications

1.3%

Music

1.2%

Theatre

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

60.8%

Other

14.4%

Masters

13.4%

Associate

6.9%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Real Video Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Video Producer British Broadcasting Corporation Washington, DC Jul 12, 2016 $153,204
Video Producer British Broadcasting Corporation Washington, DC Dec 01, 2016 $153,204
Video Producer British Broadcasting Corporation Washington, DC Jan 13, 2014 $150,894
Video Producer British Broadcasting Corporation Washington, DC Jan 11, 2010 $149,400
Video Producer British Broadcasting Corporation Washington, DC Jan 12, 2012 $149,400
Video Game Producer Arenanet, LLC Bellevue, WA Nov 21, 2014 $120,000 -
$130,000
Video Game Producer Arenanet, Inc. Bellevue, WA Nov 21, 2011 $115,000
Video Game Producer Turtle Rock Studios, Inc. Lake Forest, CA May 24, 2016 $115,000
Assistant Video Producer Wildaid, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 09, 2016 $84,531
Producer, Video Development Great Big Story LLC New York, NY Jun 22, 2015 $81,000 -
$122,000
Video Producer Liquid Church Morristown, NJ Oct 04, 2013 $80,000
Video Producer The International Business Times Inc. New York, NY Jun 27, 2016 $71,000
Video Producer HD House, LLC Miami, FL Oct 01, 2015 $63,925
Video Producer Fusion Media Network, LLC Doral, FL Sep 13, 2016 $63,710
Staff Audio & Video Producer Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Inc. Milwaukee, WI Sep 13, 2015 $62,610 -
$83,480
Video Producer/Editor Hombre Nuevo, Inc. El Monte, CA Oct 01, 2012 $62,234
Video Game Producer Arenanet, LLC Bellevue, WA Mar 09, 2016 $60,000 -
$72,000
Video Producer/Editor Hombre Nuevo, Inc. El Monte, CA Sep 18, 2013 $59,897
Video Producer Council On Foreign Relations, Inc. New York, NY May 31, 2013 $57,850
Video Producer NYX Los Angeles, Inc. Commerce, CA Sep 11, 2014 $52,500
Video Producer Louise Blouin Media Inc. New York, NY Sep 02, 2013 $52,175
Video Producer Louise Blouin Media, Inc. New York, NY Apr 01, 2014 $52,175
Video Producer Fusion Media Network, LLC New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $50,000
Senior Video Producer Ecommerce, Inc. Columbus, OH Sep 22, 2012 $50,000
Junior Video Producer Sotheby's, Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2013 $50,000
Video Producer Auctionata, Inc. New York, NY Nov 15, 2014 $50,000
Digital Video Producer Gannett Co. Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 02, 2013 $49,900 -
$74,900
Digital Video Producer Gannett Spinco. Inc. Atlanta, GA Jun 29, 2015 $49,900 -
$74,900
Video Producer WP Company, LLC Washington, DC Sep 08, 2015 $49,899 -
$74,500

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Top Skills for A Video Producer

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  1. Video
  2. Company Website
  3. Audio Production
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  • Received promotion for video communications work by establishing a visual media services department.
  • Designed and managed multiple company websites, including e-commerce components.
  • Developed advanced skills in location audio production techniques for video Multimedia Artist
  • Edited using Final Cut Pro Studio 3, Adobe CS4/5, Content Management system to deliver video to the website.
  • Produced custom Videos for Local Distributors compilations of Jim Beam and affiliated liquor commercials for promotional advertising.

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