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Working As A Video Production Assistant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • $68,440

    Average Salary

What Does A Video Production Assistant 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 Production Assistant

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 Production Assistant Career Paths

Video Production Assistant
Graphic Designer Marketing Specialist Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Freelance Videographer/Editor Editor, Freelance Senior Editor
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Camera Operator Producer Writer And Editor
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Video Editor Senior Editor Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Videographer Executive Producer Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Freelance Videographer/Editor Technical Director Production Manager
Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Video Production Specialist Director, Video Production Production Director
Creative Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Video Producer Web Producer Web Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Digital Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Videographer Instructor Writer And Editor
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Editor Managing Editor Public Relations
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
7 Yearsyrs
Associate Producer Account Executive Marketing Consultant
Head Of Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Production Manager Account Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Producer Project Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Video Producer Technical Director Video Editor
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Editor Account Executive Public Relations
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Associate Producer Executive Producer Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Camera Operator Production Manager Sales Manager
Sales And Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Communications Manager Social Media Manager
Strategist
7 Yearsyrs
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Video Production Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

64.1%

Female

33.6%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

78.6%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Asian

8.3%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.3%

French

12.8%

Cantonese

7.7%

Mandarin

7.7%

German

5.1%

Yoruba

5.1%

Korean

5.1%

Portuguese

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%
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Video Production Assistant Education

Schools

University of Texas at Austin

8.3%

Northeastern University

8.3%

Michigan State University

6.4%

Middle Tennessee State University

6.4%

Temple University

6.4%

University of California - Los Angeles

6.4%

Elon University

5.5%

Bentley University

5.5%

University of Connecticut

5.5%

Ithaca College

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

University of Oregon

4.6%

San Francisco State University

3.7%

University of Florida

3.7%

University of Louisville

3.7%

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

3.7%

Quinnipiac University

3.7%

University of Georgia

3.7%

Western Washington University

2.8%

University of Illinois University Administration

2.8%
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Majors

Communication

27.0%

Photography

18.1%

Journalism

10.7%

Digital Media

5.9%

Business

4.8%

Fine Arts

4.8%

Graphic Design

3.9%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.2%

Agricultural Public Services

2.3%

Public Relations

2.3%

Entertainment Business

2.0%

Marketing

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Theatre

1.8%

English

1.8%

Kinesiology

1.6%

Information Technology

1.6%

Animation

1.6%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Electrical Engineering

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

65.7%

Other

14.1%

Masters

11.6%

Associate

5.5%

Certificate

1.8%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Video Production Assistant

VideoProductionAudioEquipmentFinalCutProAdobePremiereProDVDAthleticsWebsiteCameraSetupAdobePhotoshopCameraOperationYoutubeVideoProjectsVideoShootsVideoContentPromotionalVideosMotionGraphicsDigitalVideoHDVideoEquipmentFacebookCustomerService

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Top Video Production Assistant Skills

  1. Video Production
  2. Audio Equipment
  3. Final Cut Pro
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in teaching 4th and 5th graders basic video production skills to prepare them to produce their own TV show.
  • Operated video cameras, video control consoles, and audio equipment.
  • Edit and color correct on Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro.
  • Experience working with Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Audition.
  • Created the companies first hunting DVD for retail sales in coordination with the lead video producer and company graphic artist.

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