Things To Know Before Starting A Career In Video Production
Filmmaking/video production brings together many different art forms into one cohesive narrative. Whether it is a documentary about someone’s life, a visual way to present music, or a completely fictional tale, the core of what this career is in the art of storytelling. Starting a career in video production may seem like a daunting task. With so much information about the industry, it can be hard to know where to start when looking for entry-level production jobs. As experts in the field, we at Fusion Studios want to help you understand a few things before committing to a career in video production. Here’s our go-guide for anyone interested in pursuing a career in video production.
1. Get into film school
While no formal education is required, it doesn’t hurt to go to film school. Most entry-level jobs require at least some film or video production knowledge, but producers also know that everyone must start somewhere. Great communication, initiative, and follow-through are good skill sets to have when you’re first getting into the industry. As for learning the ins and outs of a set, and the best practices in the industry, attending film school is an easy way to get your foot in the door.
2. Check out online resources
If you don’t want to attend film school, don’t be discouraged. There are plenty of resources online for those looking to break into the industry. Networking is also a great way to make contacts with like-minded people who might be able to help you land a job. Perhaps online tutorials on YouTube or film courses that one can buy online for a one-time price could also help (these tend to usually be expensive, but not as expensive as film school).
3. Develop a bunch of necessary soft and hard skills
If you ask any professional videographer out there, they’ll tell you that having state-of-the-art equipment is good. However, the videographer’s style, technique, and other skills also have a big say when it comes down to achieving a professional look. You need to hone various hard skills like scriptwriting, camera operating, editing, shot composing, etc. You must be prepared for whatever opportunities come your way. Aside from that, soft skills like communication, assertiveness, interpersonal skills, having vision, storytelling, etc., will take you a long way in this industry.
Aspects to keep in mind
The entry pay scale for film/video production can vary exponentially based on past experience and production company, but for a typical videographer, one can make anywhere from $30,000 - $60,000/year. And that’s if one works for a company. If one starts their own company, they could potentially head into the six-figure zone if their cards are played right. The more experienced one becomes, the bigger the client base, and the bigger the clients become, the bigger the pay.
There’s an assured growth that can be made in the craft of storytelling. It helps you to find the hidden stories that are all around you when they’re not so obvious. There’s also so much potential growth in forming good relationships because you will naturally meet tons and tons of people along the way. You will meet all types of people, including high-profile ones. Remember to put your best foot forward and make a lasting impression every time.
Traveling becomes second nature in this industry because you end up filming in locations you would’ve never been to otherwise. You tell stories for a living and get to flex that creative muscle all the time. There is potential to make huge money from doing something that you love. You will be forced to spend a lot of time away from your home and family. However, if that isn’t an issue, the twelve-hour workdays could easily be a normal routine.
Giving your production a professional look is not something you need to study for years to understand. All it needs is practice and a bit of creativity in your style. Video production is complicated. Therefore, you need to know what you are doing if you want to film great videos. Highlight the qualities that would make you a good videographer and don’t be afraid to express your enthusiasm for learning. The road to a great job in production is not paved overnight, and the relationships you make on your first entry-level jobs could be ones you keep for your entire career.
If you are looking for a storytelling and video production company in Orlando, Florida, then reach out to us at Fusion Studios. Our passion is to create visual projects that provide powerful messages and to help build outstanding brands. Our Clients go from Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, startups, and governments to create agencies. We specialize in the development of audio/visual campaigns using video, the most effective communication. Our team is powered by storytellers that will create a compelling and engaging story to reach our clients’ current and potential market through exciting storytelling and impactful video production. We offer our services to clients across Orlando, Winter Park, Lake Buena Vista, Kissimmee, Lake Nona, Lake Mary, Windermere, Longwood, Altamonte Springs, Winter Garden, Clermont, Florida, and all of the USA. To learn more about the services we offer, please click here. To get in touch with us, please click here.