1) Performs any combination of following duties to broadcast program over television or radio: Discusses and prepares program content with PRODUCER and assistants.
2) Interviews show guests about their lives, their work, or topics of current interest.
3) Discusses various topics over telephone with viewers or listeners.
4) Asks questions of contestants, or manages play of game, to enable contestants to win prizes.
5) Describes or demonstrates products that viewers may purchase by telephoning show or by mail, or may purchase in stores.
6) Acts as Host/Hostess at civic, charitable, or promotional events that are broadcast over television or radio.
Responsible for cutting and editing film footage until it meets a director's approval. Rearranges and splices scenes that have already been shot, determines if scenes need to be reshot, and inserts music, sound, or optical effects.
Prepares and/or enhances documents for curriculum, promotional and internal communication materials by proofreading and editing informational and technical copy, as well as, modifying materials to ensure formatting of text and graphics conform to established guidelines and standards.
Manages the editorial production of curriculum and/or internal communication materials to ensure projects are completed within established deadlines, as well as, meets company standards and expectations to ensure the accuracy of the message is effectively communicated. This includes proofreading content, editing for promotional, informational, and technical copy to validate documents are free from spelling, punctuation, and syntax errors. Modifying materials to validate formatting of text and graphics conforms to established guidelines and standards.
A camera operator may specialise in working in any or all of the following areas:
Studio - where the camera operator usually follows a camera script, which gives the order of shots. This is practised at rehearsal and is cued by the director during recording. The skill lies in interpreting what the director wants and acting quickly and effectively to achieve it;
Outside broadcast (OB) - working as part of a team of camera operators filming live events, such as sporting and ceremonial occasions and music performances;
On location - where there is likely to be more opportunity for creativity through suggesting shots to the director.
Production assistants are responsible for providing administrative and organisational support to senior production staff prior to, during and after the production of a programme.
The work varies depending on the actual role and the size and type of production company. In general however, tasks carried out by a production coordinator include:
attending production meetings;
helping to set up the production office with the necessary supplies;
typing, editing, copying and distributing scripts;
organising travel arrangements for cast, crew and production executives;
organising accommodation for cast and crew;
typing and distributing schedules, or call sheets
assisting cast members, and at times running errands for them;
running errands between the production office and other departments;
dealing with accounts and expenses;
This area of work is open to all graduates. No specific qualifications are required but the industry is competitive and many production coordinators do have degrees.
It is important to have enthusiasm to succeed in the television industry and the ability to network is important, so that you can build up useful contacts that may lead to work opportunities.
Exact tasks vary according to the specialisation. However, common activities for most photographers include:
working with clients to discuss the images they require and how they want to use them;
seeking out appropriate photographic subjects and opportunities;
carrying out research and preparation for a shoot;
working in different locations and in different circumstances to get the right image;
using an extensive range of technical equipment, including cameras, lenses, lighting and specialist software;
communicating with photographic subjects, putting them at ease, encouraging them and directing them;
arranging still life objects, products, scenes, props and backgrounds;
liaising with other professionals, including graphic designers, writers, gallery managers, picture researchers, commissioning editors and art directors;
managing the processing and use of images, discussing technical problems, checking for quality and dealing with clients' concerns;
preparing proofs for approval;
compiling finished products for sale, such as albums and framed prints;
understanding traditional film and digital photography and keeping up to date with industry trends, developments and new techniques;
developing expertise with software to digitally enhance images by, for example, changing emphasis, cropping pictures, correcting minor faults or moving objects around;
managing the business aspects of the work, including administration, scheduling work, invoicing and basic accounting;
developing a good portfolio, building a network of contacts and achieving a reputation for quality and reliability in order to secure future assignments;
self-marketing by, for example, producing business cards, postcards and promotional materials and creating and maintaining a website.
Many graduates start out as a photographer's assistant, spending a great deal of time on routine administration and helping out around the studio.
Graphic Design Artist
A graphic designer works on a variety of products and activities, such as websites, advertising, books, magazines, posters, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions and displays, corporate communications and corporate identity, i.e. giving organisations a visual 'brand'.
You'll work to a brief agreed with the client, creative director or account manager and will develop creative ideas and concepts. The appropriate media and style has to be chosen to meet the client's objectives.
You may need to manage more than one design brief at a time and typical activities include:
meeting clients or account managers to discuss the business objectives and requirements of the job;
estimating the time required to complete the work and providing quotes for clients;
developing design briefs that suit the client's purpose;
thinking creatively to produce new ideas and concepts and developing interactive design;
using innovation to redefine a design brief within the constraints of cost and time;
presenting finalised ideas and concepts to clients or account managers;
working with a range of media, including computer-aided design (CAD) and keeping up to date with emerging technologies;
proofreading to produce accurate and high-quality work;
demonstrating illustrative skills with rough sketches and working on layouts ready for print;
commissioning illustrators and photographers;
working as part of a team with printers, copywriters, photographers, stylists, illustrators, other designers, account executives, web developers and marketing specialists.