Video Production Crew - Who Does What?

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Author: Matt Jasper
Date: August 2, 2021

What Is the Job of Each Member in a Video Production Company?

In a video production company, there is a wide range of people who work together to make your finished product. Every member has an important job, and usually, one or more members will be in charge of each task. This post will break down what each person does and how it impacts the final delivered product.

Videography on set of a video production in Melbourne Australia
Video Production on set in Melbourne

Videographer/Camera Operator

The videographer's job is to capture the shots and scenes as they happen. In addition, they are responsible for ensuring that all of the necessary footage is recorded in order to provide an excellent visual representation of the project. Finally, they are responsible for coordinating with clients, having video equipment, recording at the best angle, and producing accurate results.

Depending on the project, they might also be involved in the editing, posting, and distributing. They may even supervise the post-production process, including color correction, dubbing, or editing. The extent of the videographer's duties depends on the size and scope of the video.

Writer/Scriptwriter

A screenwriter has an essential job because there wouldn't be any verbiage in your video without them! A writer typically needs to develop plot points, come up with dialogue, develop characters and keep the tone consistent with the goal of the video. Screenwriters may work to create and write screenplays for TV or film drama, join an existing product, or adapt a story into a script.

Video producer

The video producer is in charge of the overall production. They coordinate with everyone on set, make sure that they are on schedule, know what to do next, and stay focused. Video producers usually hire the director, find key team members, ensure storylines and scripts are to the point, manage finances and even help with editing the final video. 

Regardless of whether they're shooting a Netflix show or a simple 30-second commercial, video producers play a pivotal role in video production. The video producer makes sure that the project brief is filled, completed on time, and within the original budget, ensuring the video is produced as needed by the client.

Video director

The video director is in charge of the filming process. To understand the depth of their role, it's essential first to understand what scale of project they're working on. In large-scale productions, directors play a role in all of the scenes, ultimately shaping the style of the film. This role is so vital that people will seek out or avoid shows or movies from a specific video direction because of the distinct style of shooting.

However, in a video production company, they'll work towards a specific brief instead of taking complete creative liberties. They will honor the client's request, style, and direction. When they direct, it's to the client specifications, not their own ideas. They will still be able to add their creative ability into the film, but it will be shaped a little differently.

Assistant Director

An assistant director's primary responsibility is to carry out what they are told to do by the video producer or film director. When a decision has been made about how a scene should look or be filmed, the assistant director helps ensure that it's followed through. This might even mean completely redoing a scene because one person didn't act correctly or the shot was off, which can add a significant amount of time to the production.

Depending on how large or small the project is, the assistant director may even be able to take the lead on some of the scenes. However, most of the time, they're assisting the main director with any duties or tasks needed.

Sound recordist

The sound recordist's job is to ensure that all of the sounds are captured during production, such as dialogue or ambient noise. Their job includes capturing audio and ensuring it is of appropriate quality, so there are no issues when editing and adding effects later. They will ensure that personal mics are fitted correctly, monitor for malfunctions of audio, repairing and maintaining sound equipment, and assessing the acoustics of the production area. In addition, they work as a liaison among all the production and crew members.

Camera Assistant

The camera assistant's job is to aid the videographer in capturing footage and help with all of their equipment needs. They do this by helping set up lighting, adjusting settings, carrying gear or props when needed, and so on. 

Camera assistants also have an essential role because they often work as a second pair of eyes for the director or editor while filming (if anything goes wrong). This way, nothing precious will be lost from the final product.

Editor/Post-Producer

Video editors are responsible for reviewing all visual and audio footage to create one organized and well-flowing product. The primary duties of a video editor include:

  • Adding graphics and sounds
  • Combining video clips
  • Splitting video
  • Watching the final product to ensure there are no issues

An editor has many roles, but one of them is to edit together shots that are captured during filming into cohesive scenes and sequences. For example, they may need to cut footage between different takes where two actors speak at once to make the conversation seem uninterrupted.

Sound Engineer/Audio Mixer

The audio mixer's job can often mean syncing up video with different types of audio like dialogue or narration. They also might be tasked with making sure all scenes have appropriate levels of volume as well as adjusting recording levels if needed. 

Sometimes the sound engineer will also help out by mixing background noise from their environment (like traffic) into relevant places, so it doesn't drown out voices that would otherwise be difficult to hear during filming. In some smaller-scale productions, this position may be combined with the sound recordist position.

Video production on set - Videographer Matt Jasper filming in Melbourne
Video production on set - Videographer Matt Jasper filming in Melbourne

Why Are There So Many Positions in A Video Production Company?

Production crews have many people on their team because each one plays a pivotal role in creating a flawless production. Without the team working together, it would take a long time to make a high-quality video or film. 

Video production is the most time-consuming stage of video creation. Therefore, each position during the video production process needs to be optimized so that scenes requiring a lot of movement or challenging camera angles can be captured in a quick and efficient manner. 

The production crew must also make sure everything is in order, which explains why secondary individuals are often checking every scene. For example, while a camera operator films and shoots video, assistants check that the scenes or shot was appropriately captured. Continuity specialists and photographers will ensure appropriate camera movement as they are balancing artistic integrity with logistical needs. All of these components work together to create the final masterpiece you see at the movies or on television.

Production crews often work together for long periods of time, which helps them build a rapport with one another and heightens production quality. Directers even have specific crew members that they will choose because they work well together and do a good job.

How Big Is a Video Production Team?

Most productions, especially for TV or movies, require a large camera crew. The size of the team will depend on the production's needs and how fast it needs to be completed. You can have up to a hundred crew members if you include assistants and other vital personnel, while smaller productions will have a handful of people working on a task.

On a smaller production, these roles are often just combined. Most small camera crews are extremely small and usually consist of a Director, the Camera Operator, an Audio Engineer, an Assistant Camera Operator, and maybe one or two additional crew members. In video production, a single person may be responsible for capturing both video and audio.

A production team is tailored to the project that comes their way. To determine how many crew members a videographer will need for your production, the first thing to consider is what aspect of the video production does the project requires. Does it need live actors? Is it a documentary that doesn't use any actors and instead focuses on the landscape? 

A production crew on a video project must oversee the whole product as well as capture the images and sound. There are also many roles in the post-production crew that have to work together as well to create your final product. Understanding what the roles are on a production crew will help you know why so many different people are involved in single video production and how essential they are to creating a high-quality finished project.

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