by Frank Kehren
There are lots of video production jobs out there. For creative individuals with a love of things technical, these jobs mean ready money and exciting work at the same time. Meanwhile, the increasing popularity of digital video, and its acceptance in high-profile filmmaking alongside traditional 35mm celluloid film, has made attracted more writers, directors, and would-be independent film-makers movies to video production classes. To pursue a video production degree is to pursue a fascinating discipline that combines engineering and art.
So you’ve decided to learn some creative video production. Unfortunately, today’s video production equipment is so complicated to master–and so expensive to buy–that it’s fairly difficult to learn video production on one’s own. A better and easier solution is to take video production classes at the local community college, or even attend a specialized video production school.
School does more than teach you how to use the equipment: it introduces you to video production as it’s actually practiced in the real world. You’ll get in touch with people who’ve actually worked in the industry, which will leave you with a better idea as to how to find a job there for yourself. Furthermore, industry professionals will take someone with a video production degree more seriously than someone without one.
What To Look For At A Video Production School
A good video production program will teach a good mix of “theory” and “practice.” In a good school, some video production classes will teach from a textbook, while other will take place in the lab. Meanwhile, other classes still will take place where students are actually filming.
Students who eventually want to make their own movies should look for programs that integrate the purely technical courses with classes devoted to the culture and history of film. If needed, they should select a program that offers classes on writing scenes and dialog, or perhaps classes in film criticism. Aided by a robust program of this caliber, students will learn more than simply how to shoot and edit a scene. They will also learn how to use creative video production to express themselves.
Many video production programs offer students internship opportunities, or give students the option of helping in a professional video production studio for class credit. These internships provide students with valuable work experience, and significantly increase students’ chances of finding jobs after graduation.
Video Production Jobs Are Out There
A visit with the average video production’s school’s career center will confirm this fact: there exists a surprisingly wide variety of jobs in video production out there, in more than one industry. Certainly, Hollywood is what comes to most people’s minds when they think about movies, but, in fact, many trades use video production specialists. Television shows are one example. Another is the news announcer. Video producers are also needed to shoot commercials, or music videos, or even to record operas for home viewing at your local opera house. The public can’t get enough of moving pictures, it seems. As long as this remains the case, there’ll always be plenty of jobs for people with video production degrees.