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Jobs of a Crew Member in Corporate Video Production

One of the most important components of a video production crew is teamwork. In order to achieve a productive workflow on set, and in order to lessen the possibility of a stressful environment, it is important for every member of the production crew to know, understand, and execute their role to the best of their abilities. This is especially important when working with a deadline, or for a client who is expecting their brand to be portrayed in a professional light.boston production company

Regardless of the scale of the production, there are a few key members that are part of every video crew. They include:

The Director is in charge of the video’s creative aspects, and has input on its plot, tone, and the actors’ performances. The director also has a say in the video’s lighting, camera composition, and possible soundtrack, as well as location and maintaining an organized set environment. The director has a direct relationship with the producer, and oftentimes the responsibilities of each overlap, which is why open communication is so important.

The Director of Photography manages the camera crew, lighting equipment, and grips. The director relies heavily on the DP in order to execute the perfect shot, especially because the DP controls and chooses the camera, lenses, filters, shot composition, and light design. All this is done in order to ensure the director’s vision is carried out, and to produce a successful, professional video for the client’s brand.

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The Sound Engineer records sound on set and mixes the audio footage accordingly in post production. They are responsible for developing a clear, audible video that allows viewers to hear every word. Sound is one of the most important features of a video, as an audience must be able to hear what is taking place in order to understand the overall message.

The Gaffer controls the lighting. It is important for a corporate video crew to have an AC in order to ensure a clear image and a visually successful video. The room’s temperature must be taken into account in order to film in the correct setting, and the aperture, white balance, and level of exposure must also be modified according to the set’s appearance.

The Hair and Makeup Team is responsible for making the video’s subject look appropriate and put together, which establishes professionalism and a businesslike tone. In order for a video to resonate with an audience, the talent must look proficient.

The Production Assistant assists other crew members on set with any additional duties. Usually, they are there to learn about the dynamic of a set and crew relations, and are responsible for making the shoot run smoothly by accommodating any requests that may come about.

The Teleprompter

Every video shoot is different, and depending on its scale, several members may be assigned the same role. A professional crew can be as little as 1 or 2 members, or as big as more than 10. Nevertheless, it is important for every person to know what their job entails in order to produce an outstanding video.

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

Boston Video Company Location Preperation

Location preparation makes or breaks a Boston video production shoot. There are many important factors that go into making a set run smoothly and efficiently. Recently Jason Sanchez and I worked on creating marketing video for the Boston video production company we were interning at, Skillman Video Group. While filming in difference settings around the downtown Boston area, both of us and our video production crew had to evaluate the certain locations. At each individual film sites there are certain benefits and setbacks that challenge any film crew and there were a few that stood out on this particular video production shoot.

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The majority of this film project was done indoors at an office setting. Being both the director and producer, we decided that no additional lighting was needed for the Boston video production because of the natural and interior light in the room. This was a smart decision because there would be less equipment to carry around but would cause more work to be done in post editing. Since no shot would be similar in lighting, the work done after the filming would have to be taken into consideration. Lighting is a very important part of any Boston video production service with any location so a producer has to be certain to either bring the equipment or not.

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Another technical item that has to be checked off the location prep list is external noise factors. Since a big portion of the video production was done in an office, our film crew was fortunate not to have to deal with too much noise other than AC units and maybe some causal office conversations. But there was a section that was filmed outside by the Boston Harbor. It was here that we as producer and director of this production realized that audio was going to be difficult with so much commotion whether it was the people, bikes, or boats passing through. Changing the method in which we gathered the audio feed improved this issue. The location proved to be a beautiful site but did have its challenges.

At SVG, a Boston video marketing company, we take into consideration the location challenges that a production shoot can have and figure out the best way to accommodate any client. No production project is ever going to be the same so preparing for the set location can help with certain issues like lighting and audio recording. Thinking about these factors will overall benefit any set and make the film process easier.

Skillman Videography Group LLC specializes in video production services Boston. 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.

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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.

Tips for Novice Production Assistants

If you’re reading this post, then congratulations! You’ve found a new calling, or are stepping into the world of video production for the first time.

You’re probably someone who is interested in Video Production, Boston Video Production specifically, Video Marketing Production, or are a new student in a video production program. The world of video production is now open to you, and virtually everyone begins in the same role. Welcome to your new life as a Production Assistant, or PA for short. 

While the PA is the lowest position that you’ll ever find yourself throughout your career in Video Production, it will serve as your foundation as a video production or video marketing professional. Take this role seriously, because not nearly enough PA’s do.

We’ve written a quick list of tips and habits to avoid, which will help guide you as you step on to set for the first time.

1) Know Your Place

I’ll let you in on a little secret. One of the most effective ways to sabotage your newfound reputation as a PA is to think that you’re too good to carry gear, set up the craft services table, or run cabling around a studio. When you’re part of a video production crew, as a PA, you’re a cog in a machine.

You need to be reliable, humble, and completely aware that there are hundreds of people who would love to have your position. More likely than not, you were in the right place at the right time, and a video production crew needed an extra pair of hands.

2) Be Proactive

This recommendation is a little tricky, because being proactive prerequisites that you know how to help on a crew. In other words, you can’t anticipate a need that you weren’t ever aware of. That being said, after you spend a few hours on set you should gain a sense of who will need what, and when.

For example, is the Director of Photography setting up some lights? Find the nearest power outlet, and make sure there’s enough cable to reach from the camera to the wall.

Or maybe all of the shooting has been wrapped in a location, meaning the Director has exclaimed that all of the shooting has been completed in one area. Immediately start collecting all of the odds and ends that have become scattered around set (you’d be surprised how many clothes pins end up on the floor of any given set). After that, start helping take down lights and any scenery that’s been built for the shoot.

3) Only Ask Real Questions

I get it, you’re young, enthusiastic and bordering on earnest. Your brain brims with curiosity about everything related to cameras, lighting, acting, and gear. That being said, don’t ask a question simply because you want to look smart or to demonstrate you understand something. Video Production Professionals are a smart bunch who understand when they’re getting duped.

For example, if you already understand how to use a light meter, don’t ask someone to show you or explain what certain measurements mean. You should ask questions that you genuinely want to know the answer to, or require further clarification on.

At Skillman Video Group, we have a long history of getting the career’s of video production professionals started through our internship program. The internship program gives those beginning their career in video production the opportunity to get hands-on experience with our professional team of Photographers and Producers.