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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.

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.

Boston video production

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.

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.

SVG NITCO Production Equipment

There were a few very interesting factors that contributed to the video marketing company Skillman Video Group’s most recent Boston video production shoot. The equipment used during the time spent filming at NITCO tailored nicely to the specific type of video production site. Three factors came into play as SVG was shooting that enabled the video production day to run much more efficiently.

Steady Camera Suit

Steady Camera Suit

Steady Camera Suit

Being a production company in Boston, Skillman Video Group can receive a wide range of clients that require certain equipment to be filmed at the optimum value. A steady camera suit was used specifically at this video production site, which permitted a quick and “steady” film process. A back brace and waistbands were used to support the weight of the camera, which allowed for our Boston videographer to move swiftly around the warehouse capturing all the moving parts in the shot. This was a great piece of equipment to have as part of our video production services because the quality of the shots recorded were professional and swift for a one minute and 30 second requested video. Using the steady camera suit gave the videographer just the right amount of mobility while still capturing expert shots.

External Mobil Monitor

External Monitor

External Monitor

On this video production site, SVG decided that it would be a great idea to have an external monitor set up for the producer and the clients benefits. This external monitor was streaming live feed via Bluetooth from the camera being used. The advantages of this during the production were fantastic because it enabled the clients to have a better view of the shots the camera man was getting and allowed the producer to see a better idea of what we would be working with in the editing room. This external monitor was a fantastic addition to the production set and created a cohesive environment between the camera and the audience during this Boston video production.

No Lighting Needed

Steady Camera Suit

NITCO Production

Since the warehouse Skillman Video Group was filming in was nicely lighted, there was no need to have external lighting supporting the shots being filmed. This was an advantage for our Boston videographer and producer because we were able to move quickly around the site and obtain the shots needed for the client. Without this external equipment and an effective mobile camera suit, our video production services were optimized fully. This production was technically very effective with NITCO and worked to SVG’s advantage.

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


Video production

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.


  • 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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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-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.


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.


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.

Video Terms

Video Terms

Video terms can be hard to understand if you aren’t a professional video production company. Skillman Video Group is with our clients every step of the way when it comes to producing a video, so we have put together a list of terms and their definitions to help our clients and potential clients better understand the production process and styles of video.

Video Terms:


post-productionPost-production is defined as the work done following a video production shoot. Everything that was filmed and recorded during the shoot will now be cut down and fixed into a final product for the client. The process includes arranging video clips, sound effects and sound design, and adding special effects if needed. This is where the editing process takes place.


Coverage is the process of filming and video production. It includes shooting different camera angles and getting enough footage for each scene so that there is usable content for post-production.


Editing is the work done on a video in post-production. Editing is comprised of cutting and fixing video clips and audio recordings as well as adding special effects.


ProducerA producer is like the playmaker or coach on a sports team. He or she is in charge of overseeing a video project from start to finish, and this meaning everything from making financial decisions to planning the video shoot and making the final decisions in post-production. The producer is the one who communicates with the client to put together a video that displays their message and story.

Professional Videographer

Professional videographerA professional videographer is the cameraman in simpler terms. He or she is the one capturing the shoot through the video camera and digital recordings. He or she is also in charge of making sure the lighting, camera angles, and audio are perfect to ensure the best environment for shooting.

Legal Videographer

A legal videographer is the term used to describe a type of videographer who is hired to capture legal proceedings. The role is the same as a professional videographer except there is less control over the working environment.

Video Animation

animation Video animation is done in a post-production setting. There is no video shoot, but audio recordings are taken in most circumstances. Instead of filming and using real people or images, people or environments are created on the computer. It is the use of pictures or frames to replace a video production shoot. Cartoons are an example of animation.

Although there are more video terms regarding video production, we hope a few will help our cliental better understand the steps and styles of production.

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

The Role of a Video Producer

We’ve all heard the term “producer” before, and many of us are impressed with the confidence one usually exhibits, but what exactly is the role of the producer? On different projects the producer can be in charge of many things, particularly if it’s a small project. On a recent shoot for Bond Construction Company, the responsibilities of the producer were particularly important because the project required shooting footage with 25 people over the course of just two and half days. While a producer relies on many different skills, his or her primary asset will be good communication.

Functioning as a go-between for the director, the crew, the actors, and any representatives of the location, a producer is always coordinating with different departments to ensure a smooth shoot.

On this shoot, in particular, the producer and our own CEO/Creative Director, Christina Skillman, focused on the logistics of a constantly changing set. The press release was set to feature various Bond employees reading from a teleprompter in several different locations. After each individual was finished reading, the shot needed to be adjusted for a different perspective or area entirely for the next. Each set change required an hour of set-up, meaning the day’s schedule needed to be followed exactly, otherwise, the entire shoot would suffer.schedule

Furthermore, many of the actors had never read from a teleprompter before and required some coaching so that their lines didn’t sound robotic or stiff. Moving and changing the script within the teleprompter itself was also a huge time concern when scheduling the day.

Only experienced video production teams would realize the amount of time each shot would require, which made the producer responsible for working out realistic scheduling goals with the client. Lighting changes, sound testing, shot composition, and preparation are all very important to the overall product and require attention from many different people. With so many moving pieces, the producer needed to be aware of what everyone was supposed to be doing, making sure that everyone’s tasks were completed on time, as well as handling any problems that arose on set. This can become stressful and, at times, overwhelming, but the producer is also responsible for regulating a calm environment and keeping all of the actors and crew focused on their own work. An upset producer will alarm others on set and can lead to chaos and disorganization.SVG2

The producer is also often responsible for the safety of the crew and, especially, the actors, who may not be aware of the dangers of certain equipment pieces or sets. The producer must caution everyone about any on-set hazards such as electrical cords or heavy machinery. On this shoot, the reverse was also applicable. Shooting on an active construction site, the production crew needed to be wary of certain tools and machinery that the construction employees use. It was the producer who made everyone aware of any protocols or risks.

When thinking about a video crew, most people will identify the director as the most important role on set. Without a detail-oriented and communicative producer, however, plans and schedules will quickly fall by the wayside if, for example, the lighting crew is taking too much time tweaking a shot or information is not being relayed to other departments or safety regulations are being ignored. Every crew member has a set of responsibilities and concerns, and it is the producer who ties everyone’s work together to create a truly effective video.


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