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Lights, Camera, Action! The 6 Media Production Jobs you Need to Know About

From captivating movies to engaging advertisements, Media Production has the power to entertain, inform, and inspire. For young minds with a passion for creativity and storytelling, a career in Media Production can be incredibly rewarding. Whether you're interested in the creative side of things or you're more drawn to the technical side, there's a role out there for you.

First off, it’s important to consider the various stages of Media Production that you can work in.

1- Pre-production Stage: This beginning stage involves the creation of the story, the selecting of filming locations, budgeting, casting actors, and much more.

2- Production Stage: Filming starts during this stage with the performances occurring in front of cameras, supported by sound and lighting crews, creative designers and the director.

3- Post-production Stage: Occurring after filming, the visual and audio editing takes place, graphics are designed, and trailers are created.

In this blog post, we will delve into the diverse range of roles available and the character traits that would suit you to the jobs. Here are some common job roles involved in the production stage:

  • Cinematographer: The Visual Eye

Cinematographers are the people who capture the story through the camera lens, combining knowledge of lighting, screen composition, and a great understanding of their technology. This role demands creativity, technical proficiency, and a keen eye for aesthetics.

  • Production Coordinator: The Organisation Maestro

This role entails the execution of location arrangements, catering, equipment hiring, and calling actors on to the set. To be a successful Production Coordinator, you must be well-organised, a good problem-solver, and be able to handle working with a wide range of people on set.

  • Gaffer: The Lighting Legend

The gaffer is responsible for the lighting on a film or television production. They work with the director to create the desired lighting that sets the mood for the scene. To be a good gaffer, you need excellent lighting knowledge and electrical safety-awareness.

  • Floor runner: The Versatile Virtuoso

Floor runners act as assistants to different departments on a set, handling a range of tasks such as conveying messages, delivering kit, running errands etc to ensure the smooth running of the production. As a runner, you would need to take initiative and be proactive, be adaptable and multi-task, and to be a reliable person.

  • Hair and makeup designer: The Character Crafter

This job holds the responsibility of crafting the appearance of the actors based on the script’s requirements and the director’s vision. To succeed as a hair and makeup designer, you would need to be creative and have great attention to detail.

  • Grip: The Behind-the-Scenes Magician

Grips are the people who are responsible for setting up, maintaining, and packing down equipment on set eg cameras and rigs. As a grip, you should be physically strong, have good technical knowledge, and have great communication skills to work with different departments.

These are just some of the key job roles involved in the production stage of a Media Production. Each role in this stage plays a vital part in bringing projects to life. Are you looking to embark on a rewarding journey into Media Production? Get into contact with us at 01922276162 or email us on

Interested in finding out what roles you could fit into during the post-production stage? Stay tuned for our next blog post to uncover your possible new career path!



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