DVD Producers/Project Managers work in companies that are at the forefront of DVD technologies. These can be stand–alone DVD facilities, Post Production or Replication Houses. DVD Producers/Project Managers are part of the Production team. They are the primary contact for the client. They supervise the creative and practical processes of producing DVD titles by ensuring the smooth running of projects, collating information from clients and supplying this to authors/graphics/QC to ensure that the disc is to spec and meets the required deadline.
What is the job?
DVD Producers/Project Managers liaise closely with clients to oversee and closely monitor the DVD production process, from initial concept and pre–production scheduling, to interactive design, production, testing and delivery. They monitor and assess all aspects of these processes, in order to ensure that all project goals, objectives, milestones, related paperwork, and deliverables are achieved on time and within agreed budgets. They agree budgets with relevant senior personnel and clients, and monitor expenditure and costs throughout production. They meet with clients to confirm project briefs, keep accurate written records of all agreements made, and promptly provide clients with copies of all relevant documentation. They inform senior personnel and clients of any amendments to the original brief, and all subsequent changes to schedules and budgets.
DVD Producers/Project Managers liaise effectively with other producers and colleagues to ensure that equipment, rooms, personnel, etc. are available within agreed timescales, and so that no booking clashes occur. They organise regular meetings with project teams to oversee all productions, and to ensure that all team members are carrying out their duties effectively, efficiently, and within agreed budgets / timescales. They liaise with Quality Control (QC) personnel, and sign off completed and approved projects. When required, they recruit and schedule suitable freelance personnel.
Typical career routes
DVD Producers/Project Managers may begin their careers in junior roles within post production progressing to other roles within DVD production, e.g., Compressionist, Quality Control, DVD Author, thereby gaining valuable knowledge and experience of the production process.
Essential knowledge and skills
DVD Producers/Project Managers must be familiar with all creative and technical aspects of DVD production, from concept to delivery. They must be able to draw up and agree realistic contracts and budgets, and monitor them throughout the production process, informing all relevant parties when anomalies occur. They should be able to work to tight deadlines, while monitoring and maintaining professional standards. They must be able to oversee a number of projects, ensuring that all bookings and schedules run smoothly. They should be aware of the abilities of staff and freelance personnel in order to allocate work effectively.
Key Skills include:
- advanced Client Management and liaison skills (up–selling, diplomacy and sensitivity);
- ability to motivate self and others;
- a high level of organisational skills with a precise attention to detail;
- project Management skills;
- excellent oral and written communication skills;
- initiative and problem solving skills;
- ability to work effectively under pressure and effective team working skills;
- awareness of developing DVD authoring technologies;
- advanced IT skills;
- knowledge of the requirements of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and procedures.
Training and qualifications
Although no specific educational or training qualifications are required for the role of DVD Producers/Project Managers, communication and organisational skills combined with a thorough understanding of DVD production processes are essential. A background in sales, business or video is probably more important than a technical degree or equivalent qualification.
Where to go for more information
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Linear : Editing in formats where it is not possible to move sections around within edited material, e.g., VHS, u–matic or BETA, etc.
Non–Linear : Editing in formats where it is possible to move sections around within edited material, e.g., film, AVID, Edit Pro, etc.
*DVD means here: Standard DVD, HD DVD, Blu–ray and associated formats
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