Knowing more about the post-production industry and the potential career options available to you will help you focus on an area of expertise.
Ravensbourne graduates can enter many areas of the industry. Here are some suggestions:
Hospitality/production runner: post-production
Hospitality and/or production runner roles are usually the entry point to a career in post-production. These runners are part of the team that supports the work of senior post-production personnel and clients. The term 'runner' and the nature of the industry glamorises the function, but in fact they are often a combination of waiter, cleaner, handyman and messenger. Although they are expected to perform a multitude of often menial tasks, being a runner role provides the opportunity to learn about every aspect of the industry, and to make valuable contacts, and it has nurtured the potential of some very talented individuals.
Creative Skillset production runner job description.
Edit assistants provide basic technical and practical support for editors, operators, colourists and other senior personnel, so that they can concentrate on the creative aspects of post-production. Edit assistants also help with spotting and rectifying mistakes and omissions in the post-production process. They are responsible for preparing edit suites for use, and ensuring that all editing consumables are replaced as necessary; operating caption generators as required during linear editing sessions; and troubleshooting any problems with the technology in edit suites.
Edit assistants may carry out some simple cutting and editing work as required. They manage all media, which includes auto-conforming media, digitising material for editing, ensuring that there is sufficient storage space for the work in hand, and controlling and monitoring the movement of material in preparation for editing. They are also responsible for logging and storing tapes, recording reports and printing labels.
Creative Skillset assistant editor job description.
Audio or dubbing assistants are employed at audio post-production houses which create, edit and mix sound, or at post-production facilities houses which provide complete end to end services for off-line, on-line and non-linear editing, visual effects, and DVD production to the independent, corporate and broadcast media sectors.
They assist with gathering, selecting and mixing the dialogue, music and effects, which ultimately create the final sound track for a variety of productions.
Creative Skillset TV sound assistant job description.
Machine room operator
This role requires a good working knowledge of the technical aspects of each facility, how it is networked, what machinery is in the building, what equipment and formats are compatible with one another, and crucially, how to fix things quickly and correctly.
Operators move media and machines around the building. They auto conform media, and may digitise media for use on Avid and other non-linear equipment. They are responsible for quality control of output media, and for quality assessment reports, conversions, digitisation, transfers, and duplication.
My Majors Machine room operator job description.
Colourists must ensure that all shots within each scene match one another, by balancing colour saturation and luminance from shot to shot, so that no one shot stands out in the sequence. They should be able to distinguish and correct colour differences within scenes, and ensure consistency throughout the production. They must also offer original and creative solutions to any picture related problems, e.g, under or overexposure, day for night corrections, etc.
"What is a colorist?" vimeo video.
Digital imaging technician (DIT)
The digital imaging technician is a relatively new position on a film set. The position was created as a response to the transition from the long established film medium into digital cinema, which utilises various formats like HD, 2K, and 4K. Since video reacts much differently than film in many situations, the DIT's job is to work with the cinematographer and help achieve the best results. This includes but is not limited to: monitoring exposure, setting up "look up tables" (LUTs), set camera settings, and media management.
Get in media digital imaging technician job description.
Receptionists working in post-production companies have much more responsibility than those employed as receptionists in other industries. Because receptionists work front of house and are the companies first point of contact for most clients it is essential that they make a positive impression. Receptionists are part of the team that supports the work of senior post-production personnel and clients and are usually employees of the company. This role is sometimes combined with that of traffic and/or dispatch, and is often performed by runners.
National careers service receptionist job description.
Bookings co-ordinators/Schedulers assist with the co-ordination of work, and the scheduling of the technical and creative services personnel responsible for completing it. They contribute to the management of all the resources inside facilities, and schedule jobs to control and manage the workflow. They are responsible for client liaison, account handling, and for maintaining regular contact with clients, whether they are current or not. They assist with quoting and costing (actuating) individual jobs, and carry out all the administrative aspects of each project (preparing job sheets, invoices, confirmation forms, etc.) They take details of work to be undertaken, and note clients' estimates of what is required to complete the work.
Broadcast graduate website booking co-ordinator job description.