Career Plans (Part 3)

Description: To ensure all the production of the film is completed – shot composition, shot selection, casting, script editing and editing in post-production.

Requirements for this job role:

  • “have exceptional artistic vision and creative skills
  • have unerring commitment
  • have a deep passion for filmmaking
  • be a strong and confident leader
  • make decisions
  • delegate and collaborate with others
  • have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • inspire and motivate the team
  • have an extensive understanding of the entire filmmaking process, from both technical and creative points of view
  • work intensively for long hours
  • pay attention to detail
  • remain calm and think clearly under great pressure
  • have great self-belief
  • be determined to succeed”

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Directors responsibility:

Converting a script into the actual screenplay creatively alongside sounds. They are single headedly responsible for a film’s artistic and commercial success or failure.

A director must develop a vision for how the film should look how it’s finished and work out how to achieve it.

Directors must make decisions, such as choosing the right cast for the film, who will be doing what in terms of the crew and locations for the film. They also have to direct rehearsals and the performances of the actors once the film is in production.

They are also responsible for managing the technical side of things. This includes the camera used, the sound mastering and effects, lighting, design and special effects which are to be used to set a certain mood for the film.

How to become a Director

No formal qualifications are needed to become a director. There are a number of training courses that can offer the chance to take on the role of a director.



Description: To give the fictional character characteristics. For example, voice, tone, style and overall feel to the person.

Requirements for this job role

  • “know how to prepare for and perform at auditions and casting sessions
  • have a good short-term memory and the ability to ‘learn and forget’, especially when working on a popular drama series with little time for rehearsals or repeat takes
  • be able to learn new lines at very short notice, to accommodate script changes and cuts
  • be uninhibited, in order to assume other identities, and also to be made up, dressed, positioned and directed by others
  • be able to assume a different body shape or language
  • be able to drive or ride a horse, or take part in staged fight scenes, ideally
  • have singing and dancing skills, ideally
  • have clear and concise diction, and be able to assume different regional and national accents
  • be able to deliver lines at a specific pace and to precise timings, particularly when dubbing lines onto live action or animation
  • have strong powers of observation, in order to learn from others’ body language and create believable characters
  • be aware of how your performance may be affected by: the types and positions of microphones, cameras and cables; different lighting techniques; the requirements of different sets and locations; and whether there is a live audience for a studio recording
  • be aware of the professional etiquette and traditions of working on television sets and locations
  • be able to deal effectively with the press
  • be aware of health and safety issues, and ensure that your actions do not constitute a risk to yourself or to others”

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Actors Responsibility:

Actors are meant to interpret other peoples words, this can either be a script or something that they have been told to do, and bring the script to life. “Theirs is the public face of a production, representing many others’ work and efforts. It is rare for the public to see the Scriptwriter, the Producer, or the Director – their perception is based on what the Actors portray on screen. On television productions, they must learn their lines quickly, and retain their inflection while sometimes repeating the same scene many times over. They should know their fellow actors’ lines so that they can respond to them appropriately. ” Source.

Actors must be very adaptable as they may be changing characters all the time and they will have to be able to hold focus between changes. This means that the person bears a great deal of responsibility for its success.

How to become an Actor

To become a professional actor, training is inevitable. People over 18 years of age can attend a specialist drama school which is costly but puts the person in contact with agents that can organise auditions for films etc.

A career in acting can begin in most places within the media. For example, theatre can provide you with stage management roles which then opens up more opportunities. Reputation is key.


Prop Maker

Description: Making props for the property department, adapting or modifying bought-in props and researching specialist props.

Requirements for this job role

  • “Have a wide knowledge of the basics of prop making
  • Have good knowledge of computer design packages
  • Be able to work safely with materials like fibreglass, latex, foam and polystyrene
  • Be able to work with a variety of different machinery and tools
  • Have some specialist skills such as sign writing, upholstery, sculpture, casting, furniture making
  • Be flexible and versatile
  • Be able to work with imagination and ingenuity
  • Have good creative problem solving skills
  • Be open to new ideas
  • Be open to learning new skills and techniques
  • Be able to work to external deadlines
  • Be able to work on your own initiative
  • Have a good eye for detail and accuracy
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be good at working in a team
  • Be aware of relevant health and safety laws and procedures”


Prop Makers Responsibility:

Carry out research into the genre of the movie to make their prop more accurate to the movie. This may include historical research to find out how certain items were made so that replication is possible. “Prop Makers make the props, working within a budget, and to strict deadlines. During the shoot they may be responsible for operating any special props, or for teaching Actors how they work.” Source

How to become a Prop Maker

You will generally need a qualification in art and design, or model making. Many Prop Makers train in stage and set design, or stage management, or complete a theatre technician’s course in performing arts. Source

Live Media Jobs


This job role is to oversee the creation of a range of deliverables for trailer and related marketing material content for both online and in-theatres, ensuring the output is of the highest standard.


  • An understanding of film post production
  • Knowledge of timeline based editing software
  • Some hands on social media experience
  • An enthusiasm for film and trailer/promotional content

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“The Executive Producer will be ultimately responsible for the development and editorial direction of the Content Service/Channel including: generating new programme ideas; managing the relationship’s with on-screen talent; overseeing the scheduling department; motivating the production team to achieve departmental; business and creative objectives and cultivating key stakeholder relationships.

The Executive Producer will also work closely with the Head of Production and Production Executives to oversee the operational and budgetary process to ensure the channel remains within budget whilst still delivering on the editorial aspirations and expectations of the Premier League.

In addition, the Executive Producer will ensure that PLP attracts and retains the best talent to deliver world class content – this will naturally involve getting involved in all staffing matters relating to recruitment and appraisals as well as creating/maintaining a culture that delivers best practice in motivating the production teams.”

Requirements are to have proven experience in production as an Executive Producer and/or Producer, willing to travel regionally/internationally as well as work certain weekends during the football season.

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  • “Responsible for all technical operation regarding edits and kit;
  • Offering a high standard of technical support to all edits and productions – including efficient levels of communication and a friendly, helpful approach;
  • Implementing a secure, reliable and efficient media management system for the department and ensuring all protocols are adhered to by the team – including rushes and project back ups;
  • Working with the Head of Post at the start of each new production to determine the best workflow and ensuring this is communicated to the tech team and adhered to throughout the process;
  • Storage and bandwidth planning and on-going management;
  • Overall management of all technical tasks to agreed deadlines – utilising Farmers Wife for all job requests and work completed;
  • Supervising a team of Assistants and Freelancers in the day to day operation, ensuring all agreed workflows, technical processes and standards are being met;
  • Proactively identifying and dealing with any potential issues ideally before they become problems.  Analysing and rectifying any technical faults to reach the fastest and most thorough solutions.  This includes proactive communication within the team and creative talent to keep across all issues encountered, as well as those reported”


  • Knowledge of AVID Interplay systems;
  • Understanding of larger corporate IT and internal systems.


There will be some flexibility required in this role for occasional evening and weekend work for out of hours maintenance.

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The media industry has many different contracts to offer. This includes:

  • Full-Time, Permanent
  • Part-Time, Permanent
  • Fixed-Term and Freelance
  • Shift Work
  • Office Hours
  • Irregular Hours
  • Salaried
  • On Completion

Full Time, Permanent

Usually 40 hours a week. A permanent contract means that you are a regular member of staff entitled to company benefits including pensions, holiday pay, etc.

Part Time, Permanent

Fraction of a full contract. Less hours a week but still entitled to company benefits etc.

Fixed Term and Freelance

These contracts are both similar as they are both temporary and will only last for a certain amount of time. You may be entitled to company benefits if stated in the contract.

Shift Work

This means you have set hours to work. For example, 8am-4pm or 10pm-6am. Shifts can include day or night work and are often used in places that need to be used 24 hours a day. For example, broadcasting centres.

Office Hours

Usually these shifts are Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. This is a common hours setting for anyone working in an office which will most likely be finance or marketing.

Irregular & Anti-Social Hours

This means working extra hours for extra money on top of their usual wages. This is very common in the media industries as production work usually involves working late at night or early in the morning.


This is a set annual wage which is broken down into monthly payments. For example, £20,000 a year would be around £1,666.

On Completion

You will be paid the agreed fee on the completion of the work. This could be for prop making.


Curriculum Vitae:

Matt Venn CV