What they do
Film and video producers organise and oversee the creation of film, television and video productions. They may establish or develop the idea for a production, and are responsible for hiring technical and creative personnel. Producers also administer the financial side of productions, organise and authorise budgets, and supervise many of the creative and technical decisions that go into making a film or video. They also organise and oversee the distribution of a production, plan and coordinate the marketing of a film/video, and liaise with investors. Producers may work on productions that take place throughout the State - from corporate videos for large companies to television programs shot on location.
Film and video producers work in offices, although they spend substantial amounts of time on productions sets. They work long hours, including public holidays and weekends. They often need to travel to meet with clients, directors and actors, and potential investors in the film industry. They may need to be on-call during the shooting of a film or video production.
Tools and technologies
Film and video producers use computers and software such as accounting and spreadsheet programs. They use mobile phones and laptop computers to stay in touch with key contacts in the entertainment industry. They may be required to have some knowledge of the technical aspects involved in using film and video production and editing equipment.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a film or video producer you usually need to gain a qualification in screen, film, media or other related area.
The Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media are offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses.
Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Required registration and licensing