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The Importance of Backing Up Footage

For any professional video crew, backing up footage, or, saving it in more than one place, is an important step in the production process. In doing so, it ensures that in the event of an emergency the footage that is irreplaceable can be salvaged by saving it someplace else. There are several things that can go wrong with a computer, including:

  • Hard drive failure
  • Theft
  • Physical damage to the computer
  • Infection from a virus
  • Computer crash

A normal backup is creating a duplicate copy of all the footage, which is especially useful if the original becomes damaged, corrupted, or lost. There are several examples of backup devices, but since video occupies so much data, the best option is to invest in a more extensive option. The price depends on how much space is needed, but even the most expansive options are relatively inexpensive. The three best examples are as follows:

Canon EOS 650D

Canon EOS 650D

  • An SD Card is the first form of protection. When footage is recorded, it automatically saves to the SD Card. For the entirety of the post-production process, it is wise to keep the footage on the SD Card in case something goes wrong. As a last resort, the original footage can be found on the card, and the editors can start from scratch.
  • Flash-Drives often hold megabytes of data, a good choice for sound footage, music, and footage for smaller projects. A flash-drive can be distinguished for each project, or each component of a video, therefore allowing for easy organization. A flash-drive’s contents can also be accessed through most computers, truly a portable and lightweight necessity.
  • For video production, an External Hard-Drive is the most thoughtful option. It has the capacity to hold terabytes of data, a very important feature, due to the aforementioned fact that video takes up a lot of space. An external hard-drive can hold footage for several projects, which is beneficial because they can be accessed in one place, but risky because if the hard-drive is lost, so is all of the data. For this reason, many video makers invest in several hard-drives.

Another option is online backup, a service that is offered through services such as Google Drive, iCloud, Raid, and BullGuard Internet Security. The benefit of utilizing the internet to save data is that it is accessible from any device, and it provides the option of backing up fully or in increments. Saving fully should be done prior to any modification to the footage, as well as after a full day of editing to make sure the latest changes have been saved. Saving incrementally should be done hourly during the editing process. A computer crash can occur at any time, and it pays off to be prepared.

The biggest thing to keep in mind when keeping footage safe is to be organized. Keeping track of data is just as important as backing it up. The more devices that are utilized, the more that maintenance is required, especially for an important project.

Skillman Video Group LLC specializes in video production Boston. Call us anytime at 1-800-784-0140.

Terms for Every Boston Videographer

“Angle’s” isn’t just a geometry term, and is quite often used in Boston video production terms. Who would have thought we use geometry in video production. Well the truth is we use the term “angle” more than the actual mathematics. Options and angles work incoherently. As a Boston video company it is important to have more than one option of a particular scene, and even so having close-ups, medium shots, and wide angle shots of that scene (just to name a few). What is this point of all of this? Well, it’s simple all of these options are for our editing team in post-production.

As a Boston videographer for Skillman Video Group it isn’t just enough to have the top of the line equipment. Experience and a keen eye on detail makes the difference in an average marketing video and the best Boston marketing video. Although there is a lot of trial and error when first starting out as a professional videographer, knowing the types of shots and equipment needed to get the perfect shot.

Here is an overview of Boston Video Production Terms for Boston videographers just starting out:

  • Extreme Wide Shot (EWS)- Shot taken from far away where the subject isn’t visible.
  • Very Wide Shot (VWS)- The environment around the subject is still prominent and the subject is barely visible.
  • Wide Shot (WS)- The subject takes up the entire camera frame.
  • Medium Shot (MS)- Shows part of subject in more detail.
  • Medium Close-Up (MCU)- Closer than a medium shot but further away than a close-up on the subject.
  • Close-Up (CU)- A feature of the subject taking up the full frame.
  • Extreme Close-Up (ECU)- Shows extreme detail of the subject.
  • Cut-In (CI)- Shows other areas of the subject in extreme detail.
  • Cutaway (CA)- A shot of something that is not the subject.
  • Over-The-Shoulder Shot (OSS)- Focusing on the subject over the shoulder of another person.
  • Point-Of-View Shot (POV)- The view of the subject.

Besides types of Boston video company camera shots, here are some other terms a professional videographer should keep in mind while on set for a corporate video production company.

  • Color-Temperature- The red, blue, and yellow colors given off in the room. The different color temperatures from scene to scene must be consistent.
  • B-roll– Alternate footage to go with interviewees topic of discussion.
  • Depth of Field (DOF)- The distance between the nearest and furthest subjects that the camera must adjust to focus on.
  • Boom Microphone- A microphone attached to the end of the pole. This microphone is used to pick up more audio from the actors without getting into the camera’s frame. Used in conjunction with a lavaliere.
  • Lavaliere- A small microphone hidden under the actors or interviewees clothing.
  • Aspect Ratio-The size in which the film has been shot. 16:9 is most common.
  • Pan-Following the subject either vertically or horizontally
  • White Balance-The color balance on the camera. Before filming either make sure the white balance is on auto or it is adjusted using a blank white piece of paper

Being a Boston video company like SVG means having a production team that has experience and a great deal of knowledge surrounding everything from pre-production, producing, professional videography, and post-production editing. Although this is just a snippet of some of the most common corporate video production words, it will help any Boston videographer get started in the big city.

Summer Intern Video “Dos Equis”

 

While being the summer intern at SVG, I learned some interesting new skills that improved my overall knowledge about video production. One of the tasks of being an intern at Skillman Video Group is that at the end of your terms, the intern must create a marketing film that will be used to promote the Boston video company. I was tasked with working on one of the videos this summer, which we decided would be a parody to the famous Dos Equis commercials. After planning and writing the script for this future production made by the summer interns, it was time to film.

Video Production services Video production was going to remain generally simple for the actual film. The commercial was going to be a minute long with clean cuts throughout the whole video. This was the key to making such a simple but professional looking film. All the shots needed to be filmed in the best fashion so that the voiceover could accurately represent what was happening on screen. The iconic commercials that I’m sure so many of us are familiar with have been etched in our minds because of the comedic value. This was part of the production process that we focused on intently while representing SVG as a Boston video production company.

When we started on the video production day, the crew that we decided to use looked over the shot list to see the general idea of what we wanted to attain for this video. Once the camera started rolling, it took several try’s to figure out what movements and framing would work best and look the most professional. This took up a lot of time but it was necessary for making sure that the end product would have the clean and polished look that it deserved to exemplify what Skillman Video Group is all about. By working with such a talented video marketing company, my intern experience helped exemplify how a production day should run and how to properly get the shots needed for post- production.

Boston video productionAll in all, the marketing video turned out to be a success. The video shots filmed were exactly what I needed for editing in post-production and it turned out being a fantastically easy process. This was all thanks to the amazing preproduction work done which included all the planning and time management organized prior to filming. SVG provides video production services that can be tailored to any companies needs with such amazing professionalism and creativity.

Boston Video Comedy

Ready to add some flair to your Boston video production? While comedy is a challenging beast due to its subjective nature, there are a few tried and true methods that can appeal to broad audiences. Here are a few tricks and tips to try during and after a Boston video company shoot to get some laughs.

Improv

As funny as a witty line of dialogue may be, after a certain point, the actor responsible for said line will no longer find it as funny as when they first read it. This can be counterproductive to comedic impact; eventually, the delivery of said line will feel disingenuous and lose its initial power from the first few takes. To get around this, try encouraging an actor to spitball a few different versions of the line with a few word changes or additions in the heat of the scene. If you’re forced to call “cut,” because the actors break into laughter from the improvised lines, you’re on the right track for a funny Boston video production.

Entering/Exiting

Comedy often sparks from the disruption of the status quo, which translates to a scene being interrupted or derailed by a sudden occurrence. An easy way to do this is to have a character barge into a scene, unannounced and unwarranted. “The Office” and “Parks and Rec” love to do these kinds of character entrances, thanks to their quick timing and sense of spontaneity. This also applies to characters exiting a scene. In one of the SVG intern videos, Jason’s character dashes out of a room as Nicolette is trying to warn him about his vain video attempt, but he leaves too quickly to hear what she has to say. British comedies will sometimes have characters exit frame by crashing through an object, such as a window, just to give another example.

Break the 4th Wall

The “4th wall” refers to the metaphysical concept of the barrier between performer and audience member. This concept is typically not meant to be addressed during a work of art, (especially film) because it can completely eliminate the sense of immersion. However, when used effectively and regularly, there is great potential for comedy. This is something that Martin Scorsese does in many of his films (ex: Wolf of Wall Street) by having the main character address the audience, thus breaking through the wall of the film medium. A quick note: this trick only works for fictional projects, so don’t expect an everyday Boston YouTube interview to be able to pull this off.

Rhythm of the Cut

For comedic video production services, post-production work must also be given apt attention. Editing becomes crucial because it decides the pacing of jokes in a given video. Sometimes, when this pattern is broken or interrupted,  a particular joke can become even stronger. A great example of this is the power of the awkward pause. The audience is used to a cut for each punchline, but if you just extend the shot and don’t make the cut, the awkwardness in a scene can become palpable and really add to the humor.

Skillman Videography Group LLC specializes in video production services Boston. Call us anytime at 1-800-784-0140.

After the Video Shoot

After being on a few sets with Skillman Video Group, a Boston video marketing company, I have learned as an intern why it is so important to have advanced equipment on each project. There were a couple pieces of production equipment that were very important to the day that SVG used while shooting enabling better film quality. Every film site can require different gear to make the Boston video production that much better and here at SVG, we make sure that our video production services meet any environments needs.

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Microphone set up

At one particular Boston video production shoot that SVG was hired to film, our Boston videographer Chuck Green used various forms of microphone equipment to capture excellent sounds quality. Though it may seem normal to have several microphones in play to capture the interview recording, its important equipment like this that makes or breaks specific shoots. One of the microphones used was a mounted boom poll, which was set up right in front of the interviewee but out of the frame. The second one used was a lavaliere microphone that was attached to the collar of the subject being interviewed. These two forms equipment helped amplify the sound recording enabling a better quality to work with in postproduction.

Steady Camera Suit

Steady Camera Suit

Several weeks later I was on set at a Boston video production site that SVG was hired to film. This was a big warehouse full of large equipment making a set up traditional camera very difficult to maneuver. Luckily the camera used that day was mounted on a steady camera suit. This enabled the cameraman to quickly adjust his position while filming but still providing a smooth, steady shot. This suit was like an armor that was strapped on to the cameraman and was pretty heavy after 4 hours of filming. But the major benefit was the mobility that is permitted. The shots for that specific Boston video production were clean and fluid with the movement of the technology being recorded. Our post-production team will have plenty of material to work with when working with specific client all thanks to the handy camera suit.

There is a lot of fancy equipment available this day and age and technology is only getting better. Focusing on the necessities that make a shoot better for the client and our Boston production company are a key factor as to why we at SVG are prepared for all types of productions. When it comes to the day of filming, you can rely on the equipment and the production team to ensure a great final product.

Skillman Videography Group LLC specializes in Boston video production. Call us anytime at 1-800-784-0140

How To Improve Audio Recordings

It is a challenge for many Boston video production sets to make sure the audio is set to the right levels and that the back ground noise isn’t picked up. This is a difficult thing for many technical production crews and producers to eliminate because let’s face it, unwanted noise can happen in even the smallest amounts. There are a few ways to help eliminate this undesirable noise while filming on a production set and as a Boston video company, Skillman Video Group is here to help with some tips.

  • Mount the Microphone

Figuring out the best way to configure a microphone to eliminate the background noise on a production shoot isn’t simple. One way to get rid of the vibration sound is to mount a microphone on a stand. By holding a microphone in ones hand, there is a possibility of picking up movement from the fingertips during a recording.

  • Pop Shield

    Pop Screen

Certain sounds are known to release a burst of air while being recorded during a video production. This can be extremely difficult to remove in post-production, but while on set there is a way to eliminate any excess noise. By using a pop shield that covers the microphone, unwanted sound can diminish. The pop shield is just a circular frame with a fine sheer material stretched across it, which eliminates the excess popping noise.

Pop ShieldCertain sounds are known to release a burst of air while being recorded during a shoot. This can be extremely difficult to remove in post-production but while on set there is a way to eliminate any excess noise. By using a pop shield that covers the microphone, unwanted sound can diminish. The pop shield is just a circular frame with a fine sheer material stretched across it, which eliminates the excess popping noise.

  • Room Environment

Room tone or room environment can be a huge contributor to and source of background noise. Recording environment needs to be quiet meaning any fans, electronics, and people are silent during production. Sometimes a video marketing company can be hired for a project that does not require sound to be recorded; in these cases the audio levels do not need to be monitored and the producer can focus on the shots needed. On the video production sites where sounds does matter, the producer and director have to pay close attention to the sound that is being emitted on set. Many editing programs have ways to manipulate the external noise in a room but it all comes down to what the raw footage captured.

Audio engineer w/ boom pole

Ken, boom mic operator

Audio is a difficult part of production because sometimes a set cannot control every aspect of the sound. It is the job of the producer and the director to problem solve and work to the best of their ability to obtain the shots and audio desired for a client. Through the use of these specific tips along with many other sources, audio can be controlled and mastered in most situations. The key is to come prepared and have all the equipment at the set just incase it is needed as part of the video production services.

Skillman Videography Group LLC specializes in Boston video production services. Call us anytime at 1-800-784-0140.

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Intern: Post-Production

Knowledge and experience are the result of adversity and critiques. Practice doesn’t make perfect, but perfect practice makes perfect. Practicing video production is no different, and as Skillman Video Group’s intern, I was able to use my prior experience to produce dozens of articles on video production and video marketing.

Producing a video for Skillman Video Group can be intimidating, especially when working for a company that holds itself to the highest of standards. Although filming the video and interviewing our CEO and Creative Director Christina Skillman seemed like an easy task, the post-production editing proved to me that every little element makes a difference to the larger picture.

Color Correction

color-correction YouTube has proven to be a great video marketing tool, and when it came to learning about an unfamiliar program and color correction, YouTube again showed its worth. There are many different strategies for color correction in Adobe Premiere Pro. After tampering with a few, I found that the best color-correction workflow was to correct using RGB scopes. One problem that gave me the greatest difficulty in post-production was matching the color temperature of the b-roll shots to the interview’s. Again, I found that the RGB scopes gave me the best results and allowed me to better match the color temperature of the separate shots.

Also using the color scale is a handy tool when trying to match color temperatures. This gave me a better look at the RGB color data, so I knew which colors needed to be toned down and which ones needed to be increased. Overall, next time when filming I will make sure to better match the color temperature of the interviews and b-roll shots so it will make for less of a hassle in post-production.

B-roll

There is never too much b-roll. B-roll is an important element to a video especially when having to provide visuals for the interview topic. The audience doesn’t just want to look at the interviewee the whole time, so providing b-roll images that fits in with the dialogue. Going back through the b-roll shots I took, I wish that I had taken more. Having options is the greatest benefit of a video and will ultimately lead to its success. Although I had b-roll clips that worked, it wasn’t up to my standards nor SVG’s. SVG is all about high quality and though I had b-roll shots that would be considered as highly valuable, the rest were average.

B-roll

audio+ music

Deciding on background music can be tricky. I knew I wanted uplifting feel-good music in the background that wasn’t nostalgic or too aggressive. The video is meant to provide information to SVG’s clients on preparing for a video marketing meeting so the music should express the emotion of the video. After exploring different songs, and testing each in the video sequence, I finally found the right song on Premium Beat, which was uplifting and fit in perfectly with the video. When adding music into a sequence, the music audio and dialogue audio needs to be adjusted so that the music doesn’t overshadow the dialogue. Using keyframes allows the editor to adjust the audio in certain areas that are either to high or too low.

Details

After reviewing the video with Christina Skillman, there were areas of the video that I could improve editing wise, but and as a video producer I learned to look at the smaller elements of video production. Even a scrunched up shirt and messy hair can cause a distraction to the audience and can offset the video. Looking at every detail and making adjustments is what separates the high quality videos from the average. Though I am proud of the video I produced I learned that there are always areas to improve whether it be as a video producer or an editor in post-production

Skillman Video Group LLC is a Boston video production company. Call us anytime at 1-800-784-0140.

SVG on set

2016 Doctoral Research Forum

SVG at MITShooting live events is nothing new for Skillman Video Group, and neither is working with MIT. Recently, SVG was hired to shoot the 2016 Doctoral Research Forum held at one of MIT’s campuses in Boston. The forum was based around 8 presentations that would last about 20 minutes each. It always feels good for SVG knowing that we continuously provide the best videos for our clients, and so much so that they keep us on speed dial for other projects or events.

Although we have worked with MIT before, our approach and protocol stay’s the same. SVG’s videographer, producer, and audio crew arrived at the filming location an hour and a half before the presentations began to set up the equipment. Seeing that we would be filming a live event, it was important to arrive at the location early to test the audio, soundboard, lighting, and camera angles.

Audio

Audio crewWhen filming live presentations it’s important that the camera is able to pick up all the audio from each presenter. By bringing in our audio team it allowed us to hook our camera up to the sound board so any dialogue coming through over the rooms speakers would also be directly sent to the camera. Three presenters were set-up with wireless lavalieres. When it was one presenter’s turns to speak the sound crew would turn down the audio from the prior presenter and turn up the audio for the next. This allowed for an easier transition from one presenter to the next without having to slow the day down due to micing up the next presenter each time. Having three wireless lavalieres not only made for an easier transitions but also kept the presentations flowing. Our audio crew also set-up two wireless microphones. One was set at the podium for introductions into the next presenter, and another at the judge’s table for questions. The audio from these two microphones was also sent to the soundboard and then into the camera. Although audio can be difficult to understand if we are talking logistics, as long as you have the right equipment and audio professionals, the task is easier done than said. All it takes is one wire to connect the soundboard to the video camera.

Camera Set-UpCamera Set-Up

Camera set-up can be tricky when filming live events especially because the videographer must anticipate where the presenters will be walking. In order to ensure that our video cameras would capture the presenter the projector screen, we added tape on the floor so the presenters would know what areas he or she were permitted to walk. Although you will have some presenters who wander off past the black tape, our wide camera angle made sure to capture all movement.

Camera set-up is always important during live events. Seeing that the presenters would be using a projector with slides to show their research we needed to include a close up shot of the presenter, a wide angle shot of the projector and the presenter, as well as a shot of just the projection screen. As stated before we assembled one camera toward the back of the room. We raised the camera up on the tripod to avoid the audience members sitting at the tables in front of the presenter. Having audience heads at the bottom of the screen takes away from the video and is a distraction visually. Another video camera was set-up at the front of the room, but out of the way of audience members. This camera was solely to focus on the presenter and pan to the judges during questions. Finally, a third camera sat on one of the tables at the front of the room. This camera was only set-up to capture the presenters slides. The slides from the presentations were sent to our editor to include into the video. By filming the projector screen it would help the editor in post-production know where each slide is to go.

Natural Lighting

Lighting Although the tape on the floor was to stop the presenters from moving outside of the camera shot, it was also to ensure the presenters would not walk in front of the projector screen and cast a shadow. Shadows would ultimately be the problem to avoid throughout filming. The room we were in brought in a lot of natural lighting, which illuminated the room beautifully but can also cause a lot of unwanted shadows across the background and floor. To avoid the shadows, our professional videographer assembled two LED lights (One small and one larger). The LED lights would add extra light but would also offset the shadows. One thing to keep in mind when working with natural lighting is the suns movement through the course of the day. However, having extra LED lights set-up can be adjusted as the natural lighting comes in through different directions, and again can offset the shadows.

On a side note: when filming indoors with natural lighting always make sure to reset the white balance on the camera.

It’s always a pleasure working with MIT, and we hope to continue our relationship with the University down the road. Though there are always some problems that come up when shooting a live event, our crews preparation only makes those problems minimal.

 

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On set with SVG

B-rollVideo production is intimidating for any recent college graduate, but with help from experienced professionals any concept can come to life. Through the past two months I have learned a lot working with Skillman Video Group like the importance of storytelling, being organized, and not settling for average. Working as the head student producer for my college was nothing compared to the real world of professional video production.

Skillman Video Group has high standards and I didn’t want my video to be anything less than great. Editing has always been my forte but professional cinematography and lighting was slightly out of my realm of expertise. I was able to borrow some filming equipment from my former professor at university, which would make the filming task easier because I was familiar with the equipment.

Equipment:

  • Sony XD video camera –Filming the interview
  • Nikon DSLR d3300 camera- Filming B-roll
  • Tripod- Camera stability
  • 2 high voltage lighting fixtures- Illuminate room and interviewee
  • Lavaliere- Record interview
  • Headphones-listen to audio

Concept

The concept for this video was to provide helpful insight to SVG’s potential clients regarding what businesses should consider before setting up a meeting to discuss a marketing video. After some discussion we decided interviewing Christina Skillman, SVG CEO and creative director, would be best. Besides, any business wants to be informed directly from a producer.

Set-up

Video Production For the interview setting I wanted the style to be documentary. I had worked with documentary style videos in the past and SVG had recently done a shoot using this technique. Fortunately, Christina Skillman was the only person I had to interview so we wouldn’t have to continuously change up interview spots. The interview would take place in an SVG office located in Faneuil Hall. However, filming in an office can have its difficulties. For one we are constricted on space, and second the sound from the busy Boston streets and conversations from the offices next door. Sound a lack of depth would be an issue to overcome, but the rustic brick walls as the background made up for it. Because it was a sunny day in Boston natural lighting illuminated the room enough that we only needed one lighting fixture. Though we had the brick wall as our background, it’s also important to include props. We angled the chair Christina would be sitting in so the brick wall would be seen as well as the shelf with props. With any interview setting it’s important to have enough room between the seating of the interviewee and the background. Fortunately Jack, SVG’s Marketing Coordinator, was there to help run the camera while I asked Christina the questions.

Lighting

Once settled into the setting we adjusted the lighting. Yes, natural lighting is great but clouds can cause problems. We puts the shades up over the windows which allowed some natural lighting to come through but we used the lighting fixture to provide the most illumination.

Sound

Headphones are the best tool to have on set when listening to audio. If background sound is picked up from the lavaliere we are able to detect it right away and start the interview question over. Though we were concerned with street noise and conversations happening in the offices next door, we only had to stop once to redo a question.

B-roll

Before filming I made a list of the B-roll I needed to capture that would relate to the interview questions and answers:

  • Person writing notes
  • Person walking and pondering (soul searching)
  • Person pretending to work at desk in front of computer
  • Person sitting down with their clients
  • Person looking out the window pondering
  • On the computer plugging in numbers or has a spread sheet open
  • On the computer looking at SVG videos
  • Walking into the SVG building
  • Talking on the phone
  • Christina shaking hands with client (person)
  • Christina talking with the client (person)
  • Person at their place of business

B-rollBefore capturing b-roll with Christina, I decided to take some b-roll of myself pretending to be the client. I was able to film at a family friends office where I gave off the impression that I was working and pondering. Overall the b-roll was average. It’s difficult acting and filming at the same time especially when you can’t see how the image looks. Nevertheless, I was able to capture more b-roll on the day of filming. However, instead of using the Sony XD video camera, I opted to use my Nikon DSLR camera just in case I ran out of card space on the video camera.

After moving desks, chairs, and video equipment around, Christina and Jack pretended to talk while I filmed them seemingly having a discussion about video marketing. I took different angles of the two looking at the computer and going through the SVG homepage, shaking hands, and having a conversation. Once that was finished, Jack took the reigns on filming and shot me pretending to work at my desk and taking phone calls. This b-roll would also be incorporated into the video.

Post-production

post-productionOnce filming was finished we found that we had enough content and subjects to make two videos. Each would be around the two-minute range and would incorporate the first concept of knowing what to have in order before creating a marketing video, and the benefits of a professional video marketing company. Though editing is my favorite part when it comes to production, finding a program that would support the video and allow a wide range of tools was difficult. Moving into the final stages of post-production my goal is to create perfection and export a video that is visually effective and informative for the SVG clients.

Skillman Video Group LLC is a Boston video production company. Call us anytime at 1-800-784-0140.

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The Roles on Set

Videographer There are many parts to a fully operating set. Whether a director or producer, there are conventional and unconventional roles to every job. You could be holding up a light one second, and then picking up trash the next. For some, roles on set can be anything but conventional. Here are some descriptions of the most used roles on a set.

Director

A director can be considered the leader of the group. He or she is in charge of directing everyone from the actors to the camera crew in a film or video. The director can also control the visual aspects and tone of the video through the script, actors, and crewmembers (in the absence of a dedicated Director of Photography.) All directors approach a video or film differently, for some like to have complete control over the actors while others allow the actors to do their own interpretation of the script. Regardless, the director is always in control of each scene, and will make the decisions fit for a successful video.

Although a director already has a lot of control, some unconventional jobs include the editing process in post-production. This allows the director to make sure his or hers visual interpretation of scenes are brought to life after filming. Also some directors like to contribute in other areas of a video, like writing the script, making an appearance in the video, or making the music score.

Sound Engineer

Sound engineer A sound engineer can be defined as a technician for broadcast radio or musical performances; but in the case of video, a sound engineer is best characterized as the “sound technician.” The sound engineer, or sound technician is used in both production and post-production. Their duty in production includes recording all sound on set or on location. He or she must make sure that all the sound acoustics are not too high-pitched or too low-pitched, and must also continuously monitor the sound and make adjustments throughout filming. In post-production, the sound engineer is in charge of mixing and balancing the recordings, and creating sound effects if needed.

A sound engineer might be asked to do certain sound effects with the audio, or re-record the audio if good sound quality was not captured the first time. The job entails working long hours and in not so pleasant conditions depending on where the set is. The sound engineer must always be prepared to capture the needed audio whether it is raining outside or in a fully operating building.

Directory of Photography

The director of photography is also known as the cinematographer or DP. He or she is head of the camera crew and lighting. The DP must make both technical and visual decisions depending on the director’s instructions. He or she also works hand in hand with the director and must pick out the right equipment to fulfill the directors vision for the scene. The DP is also the chief of framing, costumes, and makeup. In other words, the DP is in charge of making sure everything through the camera lens looks good.

At times, the DP helps assist the post-production team with color correction and grading. The DP will also help make costume and makeup decisions that will not be affected by the lighting won’t be unflattering on the actors.

Producer

The producer is similar to a manager. He or she must plan and figure out the finances for a video. The producer is the one the clients communicate with regarding the budget and what Producer they are looking to create; he or she overseas every part of production. However, along with managing and planning, the producer is also the one who takes the fall if anything were to go wrong on a video shoot. In other words, the unconventional job of the producer is making sure the schedule is followed, is constantly sending out emails, stressing over the location and budget of a video, and is always moving around to make sure every part of production is going as planned. If something isn’t going right and the client isn’t happy, the producer takes responsibility.

Script Supervisor

Being a script supervisor doesn’t just entail overseeing the script but also wardrobe, props, hair and makeup, and scenes. He or she is in charge of taking notes throughout filming so the editors may use them in post-production to determine the best takes for a scene. The script supervisor also works directly with the director and director of photography by monitoring the scenes to keep track that the script is being followed without any errors. At the end of each shoot day, the script supervisor will make production reports and editor notes for the production and editing team regarding take times and breaks as well as specific lines of dialogue shot that day.

Besides constantly monitoring the scenes and script, the script supervisor may also find his or herself helping the director and camera operators set the cameras position.

Production Assistant

Production Assistant The production assistant, or PA, is involved with various duties. He or she might find themselves setting up dollies, tri-pods, cranes, and tents; or getting the talent, making script copies, answering phones, and driving the equipment truck. When it comes to being the production assistant, the unconventional is conventional. One second, he or she might be picking up food and trash left around on set, and the next will be calling out “action” and “cut” for scenes. The PA is the first one to arrive at set and the last one to leave.

Best Boy

The best boy either refers to the best boy electrician or best boy grip. He or she is the person on the lighting team that the DP counts on. Mostly, the best boy is in charge of moving the lighting. However, responsibilities vary and can be both conventional and unconventional. As assistants to the head of the lighting team, the best boy must be prepared to handle everything: completing time cards, paperwork, overseeing union rules, unloading and loading sets, setting up lighting and sound equipment, getting food for the crew and actors, and even picking up the actors dogs from the groomer. As the best boy, he must be willing to accommodate everyone.

For some, roles on set doesn’t differ day to day while others must constantly be prepared to do whatever he or she is told. One thing is for sure though, when being on set everyone must be on their toes and ready for that one word: “ACTION!”

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