A department head of film/video post-production is responsible for managing video/sound editors and graphic/special effects artists who are involved in post-production work. Video production companies that produce content for television or commercials typically have dedicated post-production departments, and the department heads must oversee their work and progress. They may also interview and hire production assistants, editors, and artists and set progress goals to be met. As department heads, they are responsible for meeting budgets for individual production contracts as well as adhering to company budgets for purchasing and repairing equipment.
Post-production is the editing of video and sound content from existing raw footage that has been shot by directors, and it also involves inserting necessary graphics, interstitials, and even computer-generated special effects. This work is carried out by professionally trained individuals who specialize in these areas, and the department head works with the producers and directors to develop a realistic schedule to complete this work. They then monitor progress along those parameters, which can include providing specialized equipment for short-term work or the temporary hiring of outside specialists to help complete the project within its deadlines.
Those in this position should have education in film/sound editing and production from an accredited college or university, as well as extensive practical experience in the field. They usually work hands-on and actively participate in post-production work to ensure the project stays on time, within budget, and fulfills the vision and content parameters of the producers and directors. As a department head, this person should expect to work fairly long hours in a production studio environment, especially with computers, and be comfortable with making hiring and personnel management decisions.
Department Head, Film/Video Post-Production Tasks
Develop schedules for project deadlines, and work to make sure those deadlines are met.
Facilitate communication between the production team and editorial staff to establish project expectations and requirements.
Direct and coordinate personnel editing and encoding videos to create the final product.
Ensure post-production processes work efficiently, and make improvements when necessary.