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Jobs of a Crew Member

The job of all crew member’s on a Boston video marketing company set have a very specific skill set and importance to the video production method. Though it may seem like there are a lot of people walking around and directing just to get 30 seconds of a commercial completed, each person hired for the day of production is needed to ensure a professional and effective film. There are several categories that make a video production shoot run properly and none can be omitted if the project wants to run smoothly.

Starting with the camera department, while working with any video production services there clearly needs to be a camera operator. This person physically works the camera during filming and controls the shots framing and camera movements as instructed by the director of photography. Who is the D.P.? Well the director of photography is in charge of the visual look of the film as seen through the camera’s eyes. This person is not only in charge of what the camera needs to get but also the crew, lighting design, and communicating with the gaffer.

On the production side of the job, there is the director, producer, production assistant, Boston videographer and so on. All of these jobs run very specific departments that control the way the Boston video production will operate and ensure that they finish efficiently. Organizing the entire production, helping out with the script, keeping track of finances and overseeing the final distribution plans for the movie all fall under the job description of the producer. Its not an easy job but will definitely be rewarding.

Sound is a crucial part of any production, including Skillman Video Groups Boston video marketing company, so professionals have to make sure all the audio channels are coming in clearly. Jobs include a boom operator and a sound mixer. Leveling, monitoring, and recording audio during video production are the main reasons that the sound departments are so pivotal in any Boston video production.

Professional video productionSome jobs that people wouldn’t think about but are just as vital on the larger professional video production sets include transportation crews, food department, and the location department. Transportation crews quiet literally do what is in their title. They coordinated with the set and make sure all people are where they need to be at the right time. Going hungry isn’t and option when working with a ton of people, so the food department is the savior of any production day bringing in snacks and meals for all on set. Location scouts help to find the various filming locations that will be suitable for the day of filming which entails lots of traveling to find the perfect spot.

The jobs of each crew member on a video production set, whether it be a small production or a big one have an impact on how the film will turn out. The main goal is to stay on budget and have a fantastic finished product. SVG is a Boston video production company is dedicated to making each project and client a professional 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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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!”

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