Digital Video and Media Production Career Paths
Digital technology and computer-generated imagery are rapidly displacing film as motion picture media. The new technologies open the door to production in small, independent studios, and much postproduction work is performed by contractors. In fact, most motion picture and video establishments employ fewer than five workers.*
Watch the entire list of credits at the end of a picture, and you will realize how many individuals contribute to the final production. A representative sample includes the following:
- Preproduction: agent, screenwriter, producer, director, art director, illustrator
- Production: actors, producers, cinematographers, camera operators, gaffers (lighting technicians) grips, production assistant, sound engineering technicians, film recordists, boom operators, animators and multimedia artists
- Postproduction: film and video editors, dubbing editors, film librarians, sound effects editors, audio recording engineers, marketing managers, publicists, business managers
Breaking into the field
The most important factors when applying for a job in video or media production are demonstrated skills and experience. A college degree in a related field is a big plus, and you should have a creative, entrepreneurial spirit. This is not, for the most part, a nine-to-five world.
Degrees in digital video and media production
Globe University’s affiliate, Minnesota School of Business, offers 2-year and 4-year degrees in this area:
Both emphasize hands-on training in professional-quality studios at the school’s Edina facility. Call 1-877-303-6060 or contact admissions to arrange a tour and learn more about the programs.
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition