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Film and video producer

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Summary of occupation

Film and video producers organise and oversee the creation of film, television and video productions. They may establish or develop the idea for a production, and are responsible for hiring technical and creative personnel. Producers also administer the financial side of productions, organise and authorise budgets, and supervise many of the creative and technical decisions that go into making a film or video. They also organise and oversee the distribution of a production, plan and coordinate the marketing of a film/video, and liaise with investors. Producers may work on productions that take place throughout the State - from corporate videos for large companies to television programs shot on location.

ANZSCO description: Creates films, television programs, video productions or commercials by filming, adding sound and editing in digital or analogue format. This occupation requires high levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications and experience.
Alternative names: Films Producer, TV Producer
Specialisations:
Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A film and video producer needs:

  • strong communication and negotiation skills
  • excellent organisational skills
  • the ability to deal with a range of people
  • strong leadership and motivational skills
  • sound administrative and financial skills
  • the ability to coordinate the work of large groups of people.
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Working conditions

Film and video producers work in offices, although they spend substantial amounts of time on productions sets. They work long hours, including public holidays and weekends. They often need to travel to meet with clients, directors and actors, and potential investors in the film industry. They may need to be on-call during the shooting of a film or video production.

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Salary details

On average, film and video producers, classified under film, television, radio and stage directors, can expect to earn $1 618 per week ($84 120 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a film and video producer develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

Film and video producers use computers and software such as accounting and spreadsheet programs. They use mobile phones and laptop computers to stay in touch with key contacts in the entertainment industry. They may be required to have some knowledge of the technical aspects involved in using film and video production and editing equipment.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a film or video producer you usually need to complete a VET qualification or degree in screen, film, media or other related area.

These courses are widely available at TAFE Colleges and universities throughout Western Australia. Contact the training providers you are interested in for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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