Website Media 365 Limited
Production Crew (Various Positions)
Location: Lusaka, with occasional travel as required
Contract type: Freelance
Media 365: Ideas that Inform, Educate and Inspire
Who are we?
Media 365 is a 100% female owned, award-winning creative consultancy agency. Based in Lusaka, Zambia, we work with local and global clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors since 2008. We design and implement projects and campaigns using a design process that creates impact.
The Content Unit is primarily responsible for producing print, audio and visual materials in line with client expectations and required delivery format.
The Content Unit works with a variety of clients, on both long term production pieces and one-off commission work.
Media 365 has a core team of staff who work under the Content Unit, but from time to time will engage the services of Consultants and Freelancers to support the delivery of various project objectives and deliverables.
We are seeking ambitious, hard working and creative freelancers to occupy various roles in our Production Crew. The positions available are:
The Line Producer is at the heart of the production and is the most senior member of the production team, second only to the producers. Leading the production office and working closely with heads of other departments. The Line Producer keeps the production on track – both in terms of finances and schedule, delivering the best possible product to the Producers while offering the Director and heads of department enough support to realise the vision of a high- quality show.
The Production Coordinator ensures the production office is set up appropriately, organising equipment, supplies and team. They prepare and reconcile budgets, coordinate travel, catering and other relevant logistics for the production (e.g. communication). They also coordinate travel, accommodation, work permits and visas for any crew (as required). The Production Coordinator further distributes shooting schedules, crew and cast lists, scripts and script revisions – print outs are on a need basis. In the absence of a line producer and 1stAD, the Production Coordinator will be responsible for preparing call-sheets and production reports.
The Production Coordinator is also responsible for establishing and maintaining an appropriate filing system (both hard and soft copy), ensuring that all paperwork is available and securely stored, this includes, but not limited to, call sheets, consent forms, location releases, charge sheets, production bibles, music agreements, research packs and others.
The Production Coordinator is also responsible for managing supplies, maintaining the production inventory, production finances and controls cash flow and spending.
Office Production Assistants
The Office Production Assistant (PA) is an entry level position that supports the production office to ensure a smooth production. The Production Assistant also supports the post-production process by working with Edit Assistants and Editors to ensure that Editors have all they need.
The Office supports the production from a clerical standpoint, handling paperwork, phone call inquiries, picking and dropping off items, printing, photocopying, filing, purchasing supplies, maintaining craft services and kitchen area, calling locations and vendors, and any other duties as assigned by the Production Coordinator.
Set Production Assistants
A set PA, or field PA, supports the physical production. A set PA’s duties can change each day, but in general, they’re support staff for talent (cast) the on-set team — carrying out tasks for the production team first and foremost.
Set production assistant duties often include: cast and crew liaison , transporting equipment, arranging transport for talent and crew, supporting crew members on set, preparing and packing items, handling production paperwork (consent forms, location permits etc), protecting the set from the public, cleaning the set and emptying garbage cans.
The Set Production Assistant also works with marketing team to ensure all marketing assets are available and delivered, this includes but is not limited to, behind the scenes photos, electronic guides etc.
The Director is responsible for the look and sound of the TV show, the Director is overall responsible for good quality footage and sound.
The director breaks down the script to interpret it to come up with the creative vision for it. Director conducts rehearsals, and directs the activities of cast and technical crew. Director also plans framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each scene.
Typical duties of the Director includes: Visualise the script, read it and determine how it should be directed, Break the script down into storyboards and reflect how each scene will be shot, Analyse what is needed for a shoot and coordinate with relevant departments including content and art, Communicate to actors the approach, characterization, and movement needed for each scene so that rehearsals and takes are minimized, Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, light, design, and sound crew, Confer with other units, crew, writers to discuss details of production to deliver the vision and Provide edit notes to ensure the editors deliver on the vision.
Director of Photography
The Director of Photography works closely with the Director to bring the director vision to life. They are visual storytellers, the DOP helps tell the story through artistic and technical decisions regarding lighting, shot selection, and camera operation, in coordination with the Director. The DOP works with the director to determine the tone of the episode, determine the color palette with the production design team (if necessary). On location the DOP identifies natural light, or lack of, and ensures there is space and set up to bring the visual look and feel to life. The DOP then works with the director to block the shots, set up the framing and compositions and coordinates with the other camera operators to get the right look and feel.
Camera Operators and Assistants
The camera operators record moving images under direction from the DOP or director. Typically they will: set up and position camera equipment, choose the most suitable lenses and camera angles, plan and rehearse shots, follow a camera script, shot list, or storyboard, and take cues from the director or DOP, solve any practical or technical problems, work closely with other technical departments, such as sound and production design/art
Sound recordists capture all of the sound on location for a TV show. They set up mics and deal with any issues to do with their placement, thinking about the combinations of mics they use – such as boom microphones and hidden ‘personal’ or ‘radio’ microphones – to keep consistency with the shot and shot size and to avoid sound issues
They monitor the sound output on all on-screen talent and contributors. They communicate with all members of the production and crew, especially camera operators and directors.
Video Editors and Assistants
The Editor is responsible for managing material such as camera footage, dialogue sound effects, graphics and special effects to produce a final video product. This is a key role in the post-production process and your skills can determine the quality and delivery of the finished result. Usually, the Editor works closely with the EP and the Director to achieve the production’s vision.
The Editor must be computer savvy and have extensive knowledge of video editing software. Additionally, you must be able to adapt to rapidly changing technology. Successful TV editors also need a vivid imagination, artistic eye and a creative mindset. Editors must be resourceful enough to rescue less than the best footage. A solid understanding of storytelling techniques, good communication skills and the ability to work well under deadlines are also required.
Working closely with all members of the team, expect this to be full on, exciting and results oriented. You will be required to work with all other members in Media 365 content unit.
- Self-starter and highly motivated; capable of working independently and collaboratively
- Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines
- Creative skills
- Possess good planning, organizational and staff management skills
To apply please complete the application form by using this link demonstrating your suitability for the selected role. This is a rolling application and applications will be reviewed and interviewed as they come in.
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