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Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or film productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.

    Work Activities
    • Write and edit news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.
    • Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.
    • Communicate to actors the approach, characterization, and movement needed for each scene in such a way that rehearsals and takes are minimized.
    • Arrange financing for productions.
    • Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.
    • Coordinate the activities of writers, directors, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.
    • Study and research scripts to determine how they should be directed.
    • Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crew members.
    • Confer with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.
    • Perform management activities, such as budgeting, scheduling, planning, and marketing.
    • Research production topics using the internet, video archives, and other informational sources.
    • Review film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards.
    • Compose and edit scripts or provide screenwriters with story outlines from which scripts can be written.
    • Consult with writers, producers, or actors about script changes or "workshop" scripts, through rehearsal with writers and actors to create final drafts.
    • Identify and approve equipment and elements required for productions, such as scenery, lights, props, costumes, choreography, and music.
    • Establish pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.
    • Conduct meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure production objectives are attained.
    • Negotiate with parties, including independent producers and the distributors and broadcasters who will be handling completed productions.
    • Cut and edit film or tape to integrate component parts into desired sequences.
    • Choose settings and locations for films and determine how scenes will be shot in these settings.
    • Compile scripts, program notes, and other material related to productions.
    • Review film daily to check on work in progress and to plan for future filming.
    • Obtain rights to scripts or to such items as existing video footage.
    • Write and submit proposals to bid on contracts for projects.
    • Perform administrative duties, such as preparing operational reports, distributing rehearsal call sheets and script copies, and arranging for rehearsal quarters.
    • Resolve personnel problems that arise during the production process by acting as liaisons between dissenting parties when necessary.
    • Develop marketing plans for finished products, collaborating with sales associates to supervise product distribution.
    Skills
    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary 52200/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 25.1/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,300
    • Yearly Projected Openings 220
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Leadership
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Notebook computers
    • Media control systems
    • Digital camcorders or video cameras
    • Audio video console
    • Audio mixing consoles
    Technology
    • Web platform development software
    • Web page creation and editing software
    • Video creation and editing software
    • Music or sound editing software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.