Making a film is more than just getting a camera in front of a bunch of actors. In Film and Television Production and Post-Production jobs, the camera is not a static recording device, but an active tool in creating a narrative or mood. Proper camera work makes the subject look more or less charismatic or reliable, adds a sense of urgency, force or motion and can even establish a mood for a scene.
The work starts even before filming, where the film director and camera crew must decide on the shots. Often an illustrated storyboard is used to decide the look of the finished product. At the pre-planning stage, movie makers work out a budget for shooting, as well as the order parts of the film need to be done in, while news broadcasts, interview recordings and so forth go into the project with a particular mood in mind. Modern film projects usually involve figuring out the placement of several cameras, but the work doesn’t stop with placement.
Before filming, film crews must also make sure that they master lighting, and that scenes are shot with no continuity errors. That means that during filming breaks, clothing, props and people must keep consistent placement. Individual takes are carefully labeled and dated, and long after the actors have been able to take a break, the film making process goes on with post-production.
From editing a film together into a coherent narrative, to cutting and splicing different camera angles to produce and emotional effect, through to blending in animation and correcting sound and light, post-production puts the finished polish on any film project.
Careers in Film and Television Production and Post-Production include:
- Camera operator
- Continuity assistant
- Storyboard designer
- Production Assistant
- Special Effects Director
- Lighting Technician