Post-production managers for television, video, or motion pictures ensure that all tasks in the final stages of a project's production are finished on time and within budget. Their duties and work environment may vary depending on the position, but post-production managers are normally in charge of overseeing editors and other individuals and departments included in post-production. They may work in a wide variety of settings, from an office setting to a production set. Many different types of work are performed during post-production, including editing video, conducting sound design and alterations, and completing computer graphics, among many others.
Post-production managers may act as liaison between clients and the production team to address technical and personnel concerns. They must know how to remain within budget, including cutting costs as necessary. Post-production managers need to work effectively with a wide variety of staff and be able to effectively work within the director's vision during the post-production process.
Generally, at least an associate's degree and extensive experience in the post-production field is needed for this position. Experience as a manager or supervisor of a post-production team is required or preferred as well. Post-production managers must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including being able to effectively resolve interpersonal disputes within their team. They need to be able to multitask and oversee a variety of staff members and types of work at the same time.
Post Production Manager, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Tasks
Codify and disseminate best practices and policies, enforcing compliance.
Coordinate staff, freelancers, and edit job schedules to ensure flow of services.
Manage editorial flow and budgets across post-production processes.
Update, maintain, and ensure compliance with metadata standards.