Careers in Music Videos

Filming

Directors: are responsible for story boarding and composing a shot-by-shot vision for a music video. They must analyze a song and synchronize their video to the rhythm of its music. Music Video Directors must collaborate with the production crew and actors to create a unified video. A director is responsible for determining how the film moves, sounds and looks, as well as for the performances of the actors. On set, the director takes charge of the artistic and technical aspects of the video. They hold auditions, conduct rehearsals and approve music, costumes, scenery and locations.

Choreographer: create and arrange original dances

Costume Designer: chooses or creates the outfits that performers will wear

Electrical Lighting Technician: is involved with rigging stage and location sets and controlling artificial, electric lights in video or film production. Lighting technicians work under the direction of the Gaffer or Chief Lighting Technician whom takes their direction from the director.

Makeup Artist: is an artist whose medium is the human body, applying makeup and prosthetics for theatrical, television, film, fashion, and magazines.

Set Designer: works with carpenters and painters to create the setting/scene that the performance takes place in. They are responsible for placing props and other elements according to the directors storyboard.

Featuring

Vocalist/Singer(s)

Songwriter(s)

Musician(s)

Dancer(s)

Actress/Actor

Animator/Cartoonist

Editing

Video Editor: is responsible for assembling recorded raw material into a finished product. The material may include camera footage, dialogue, sound effects, graphics and special effects.

Assistant Video Editor: duties include digitizing footage, compiling footage for multi-camera shots, monitoring continuity, providing technical support, keeping detailed logs of negative cut lists, and compiling Edit Decision Lists among many other tasks.

Music Editor: matches music to visual scenes in a manner that enhances the feel and impact of a film. They make sure the music is in tempo with the scenes and that the music is an enhancement and not a distraction.