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Television Production (SOC CODE: 27-4031.00)

Job Description Overview

Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.

Related Careers

  • First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
  • Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
  • Technical Directors/Managers
  • Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
  • Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
  • Team Assemblers
  • Broadcast Technicians
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
  • Sound Engineering Technicians

Sample Job Duties

  • Operate television or motion picture cameras to record scenes for television broadcasts, advertising, or motion pictures.
  • Compose and frame each shot, applying the technical aspects of light, lenses, film, filters, and camera settings to achieve the effects sought by directors.
  • Edit video for broadcast productions, including non-linear editing.
  • Operate zoom lenses, changing images according to specifications and rehearsal instructions.
  • Adjust positions and controls of cameras, printers, and related equipment to change focus, exposure, and lighting.
  • Confer with directors, sound and lighting technicians, electricians, and other crew members to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, desired effects, camera movements, and lighting requirements.
  • Download exposed film for shipment to processing labs.
  • Set up and perform live shots for broadcast.
  • Set up cameras, optical printers, and related equipment to produce photographs and special effects.
  • Assemble studio sets and select and arrange cameras, film stock, audio, or lighting equipment to be used during filming.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Television Production: AS Degree

      Arts Division
      Degree S0602

      The Associate in Science degree in Television Production is designed to prepare students for entry-level jobs in the Television industry in a variety of areas including narrative, remote and studio production, writing, preproduction, editing, and finance.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Choose two courses from the following:6
      R-TV 01
      Introduction to Electronic Media
      R-TV 14
      Media Aesthetics
      R-TV 28
      Introduction to Writing for Electronic Media
      Choose 12 units from the following courses, or any of the above courses not taken:12
      PHOT 10
      Basic Digital and Film Photography
      R-TV 18
      Introduction to Screenwriting
      R-TV 19A
      Beginning Video Production
      R-TV 19B
      Advanced Video Production
      R-TV 20
      Television News Production
      R-TV 21
      Remote Multicamera Production
      R-TV 22
      Editing for Film and Television
      R-TV 23
      Reality Show Production
      R-TV 24
      American Film History
      R-TV 25
      World Cinema
      R-TV 100
      Work Experience in Film and TV
      Total Units18

       Guided Pathway of Study

    • Television Crew

      Arts Division
      Certificate L0354

      The Certificate of Achievement in Television Crew will provide students with experience in a variety of production roles and technologies. This course of study is designed to prepare students for entry level jobs in a variety of areas.

      Required Courses

      R-TV 19ABeginning Video Production3
      Choose 16 units from the following:16
      R-TV 19B
      Advanced Video Production
      R-TV 20
      Television News Production
      R-TV 21
      Remote Multicamera Production
      R-TV 22
      Editing for Film and Television
      R-TV 23
      Reality Show Production
      R-TV 100
      Work Experience in Film and TV
      Total Units19
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