Employment In The Post-Production and Special Effects Industry.


Part A


Within the industry of post-production and special effects, there are many roles,responsibilities and job opportunities to choose from. One of these roles is being a Compositor. This job consists of working on constructing the final film images by “combining layers of previously-created material”. This includes “rendered computer animation, special effects, graphics, 2D animation, live action and static background plates”. To have this job, it would be a good idea to have some form of degree in an art-related subject. By the time the role is reached, a minimum of two years professional experience would be required, with examples demonstrating artistic talents and and technical skills, also with a vital knowledge of software that is currently used by the industry.


The main role in all aspects of the film in the industry is the role of the producer. They oversee all aspects of a film’s production, from writing to filming to post-production and editing. Their role is to turn story ideas into films that can make a profit, and then pull together a creative and talented cast and crew. In the special effects stage of the industry, they work fully with the crew to make sure the film is produced how they want it to be made. Their is no specific qualification needed to become a producer, but it is best to get experience as a production assistant or runner.


The main role in the post-production and special effects industry is the Editor. The Editors are one of the key heads of their department when working on films. They are always responsible for the first assistant editors and on the bigger productions, second assistants and trainees. The editor works closely with the director and producer, making sure that the story flows the smoothly from the begging to the end. Each shot is carefully selected and edited into separate scenes. These are then edited together to create the full final film. The editors work long hours with little social activity outside of work. This time is spent in an editing suite, usually under pressure to finish the film. They are usually employed on a freelance basis, chosen by the producer by their reputation and experience. Editors usual work on TV dramas and Feature Films. The editor and director work closely before the film shoot starts. This is to decide

Changing Employment Opportunities

People within the media have to be multi-skilled. More skills means they can work on more adaptable jobs. Before digital technology, each person had a role in a film, nowadays everyone needs skills in every role to work in the media for example journalists need to have camera and recorder skills as well as a notepad and to also do some layout and design skills too for internet news pages. Filmmakers are now filming, editing and producing in one role. Looking at all skills, everyone has separate jobs they specialise in, but need more skills than just one. also means that some jobs disappear and some are created due to new technology and changing times. people in the industry already have to retrain with new technologies so they understand how its used. SPD-Continual Professional Development. new job roles-website design and development, video website content, more opportunities to create video content. social media videos, apps are a large growth area. anyone has it skills and creativity are important combination of skills. filmmaking used to be complex and costly with a lot of people, but today anyone can make a film using mobile technology. Computer games industry is a growth area.

Pros and Cons Of Working Freelance

working freelance is working for self in own company. a lot of media workers are freelance, not a lot have permanent contracts. many people work on temporary contracts, some are freelancers. run business and work at same time. its hard freelancing. don’t always have job and income. market self, putting yourself out there, portfolio to promote yourself and get work, networking contracts are crucial. look up freelance working in media.doing what people want you to do. do own tax and accounting. sick means no holiday pay.

ad-not tied to a company. don’t have to rely on other people to work. get to choose the work and get all money. company has house style, freelance don’t. find a client to work for. doing what people want you to do. keep client happy.

Working Practises

there are different types of contracts. permanent full-time, only way to leave is to be sacked or you leave, can have shifts, same hours, different time. temporary contract, more flexible, less stability and secure. part time anything from a minimum to a maximum hours, working on a film, hours would are dependable on film and role so would be flexible on hours, where and who work is. more solo work as a compositor so is flexible but a filmmaker has more people to work with. solo work is more a desk job than being at scenes like a filmmaker would. as an editor, the work would be long hours with little social life and often under pressure.

Part B

Personal Career Plan

Which job role or industry/Career?

I would like to work on small movies and also YouTube daily vlogs as well as a small business. This would mean working as a writer, director, producer and editor to achieve this goal.

My skills gap? what skills haven’t I got yet? Skills and work experience I lack in? what qualifications haven’t I got yet?

I have the basic skills but I would like to develop these skills in editing some more. I wouldn’t require any work experience or qualifications to achieve the goal of working on solo projects and working for myself.

Action plan? How I’m going to get to that job that I want to do?

I aim to build on my skills in college and then begin working on small YouTube videos and projects before building my way up to having a successful business running alongside the YouTube channel and short films.

No work experience or qualifications are required so I could start this career at any time.



Sources: [http://creativeskillset.org]

Compositor: [http://creativeskillset.org/job_roles_and_stories/job_roles/358_compositor]

Producer: [http://creativeskillset.org/job_roles_and_stories/job_roles/757_producer]

Editor: [http://creativeskillset.org/job_roles_and_stories/job_roles/2940_editor]


MB Blog 1-Planning


Original ideas

These are the original notes and ideas that we came up with as a group at the start of the project. These ideas are what influenced our mind maps and questions in the next section

  • Filming resolution -1920 x 1080
  • United screen – 640 x 384
  • Player position and number
  • Football logo
  • Go pro, 360 degree of empty stadium
  • Pre-recorded footage of audience as the background
  • Variety of head and eye shots
  • Walk in/entrance shot
  • Shirt sponsor needs to be shown
  • Individual sponsors to be shown somewhere
  • Celebration dance/stance
  • Name in banner with number next to it
  • Walk towards the camera, arms behind back
  • Head bowed, look up
  • Do a paper sign for each player
  • Marker on floor

Digital Sketch Plan


This is a digital mock of the layout of the green screen and equipment when filming. Some lights have been added as extra’s incase they are needed when filming the players, for example to help remove any shadows created on the green screen as these will be hard to edit in post-production. The player has also been diagrammed showing the direction that they will move towards the camera, starting a few steps in front of the green screen and then taking three steps forward to face the camera.

Mood board


This is a moodboard containing the initial ideas I pulled together before starting the project. I researched into the current players that are working at the football team so that I had an idea of who the players that were going to be filmed are and the number and position they are within the team. I also looked into other examples of player walkthroughs that have been used before to get an idea of the way the players can move and walk towards the camera on the green screen. I decided it would be good to add in the football club logo to the video somewhere so I found an example image of the logo that the football club uses. I then looked for an image of the football ground, which i found on the website, that could be used as an example background for the player once the green screen is removed. I also created two boxes showing the red and white colours of the logo that could be mixed to create a static colour background for the player. I also did some research into a font that would be a good idea to use, these were big and visible so that it would show on their low resolution screen. These fonts were, ‘Impact’, ‘Agency FB’ in bold, ‘Arial Black’ in bold and ‘Aharoni’ in bold.

Source: [http://www.sufc.co.uk/]