Department heads for film/video work with large groups of people and are typically responsible for certain aspects of a film's production. These department heads may lead large groups of staff, ranging from cameramen and actors to video editors and directors, and both mental and physical strength are important for this position to endure long shifts while coordinating with a variety of employees and ensuring that a film's production adheres to all budget- and time-constraints.
Department heads are primarily responsible for overseeing production and ensuring that deadlines are met, hiring and firing staff, and coming to final terms with the final product. Those in this position must ensure that the film will please and entertain others, and hours and shifts can vary greatly due to wide-ranging deadlines and what must be re-done during post-production, though most shifts last from early morning to the late evening. Locations can also vary depending on the project, but these heads work primarily inside film sets and office settings. An associate's degree and several years of experience in the field, including in a managerial capacity, are often required for this position.
Department Head, Film/Video Post-Production Tasks
Direct and coordinate personnel editing and encoding videos to create the final product.
Ensure post-production processes work efficiently, and make improvements when necessary.
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.