Film and Video Producer

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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. Future Growth Strong

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 country - from corporate videos for large companies to television programs shot on location.

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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.

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.

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 State Training Providers and universities throughout Australia.


Did You Know?

The Australian film industry has its beginnings with the 1906 production of The Story of the Kelly Gang, the earliest feature film ever made.

The Story of the Kelly Gang is a 1906 Australian silent film that traces the exploits of 19th-century bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly and his gang. It was directed by Charles Tait and shot in and around the city of Melbourne.

The film ran for more than an hour with a reel length of about 1,200 metres (4,000 ft), making it the longest narrative film yet seen in the world.It was first shown at Melbourne's Athenaeum Hall on 26 December 1906 and premiered in the United Kingdom in January 1908.A major commercial and critical success, it is regarded as the origin point of the bushranging drama, a genre that dominated the early years of Australian film production. Since its release, many other films have been made about the Kelly legend.

Australian bushranger Ned Kelly had been executed only twenty-six years before The Story of the Kelly Gang was made, and Ned's mother Ellen and younger brother Jim were still alive at the time of its release. The film was made during an era when plays about bushrangers were extremely popular, and there were, by one estimate, six contemporaneous theatre companies giving performances of the Kelly

The Story of the Kelly Gang
Poster for film's 1910 re-release


Directed by
Charles Tait

Produced by
William Gibson
Millard Johnson
John Tait
Nevin Tait

Written by
Charles & John Tait

Based on
possibly the play The Kelly Gang by Arnold Denham

Starring
Elizabeth Tait
John Tait

Distributed by
J & N Nevin Tait


Release dates

December 26, 1906

Running time
1,200 m (4,000 ft) – approx. 60 min

Country
Australia

Language
Silent

Budget
£1,000 or £400

Box office
£25,000
(Source: Wikipedia)

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