The Videomaker is the professional who makes movies and performs the subsequent editing operations, ordering the sequences, choosing the right images among those recorded and the most suitable sounds to ensure the plot narrative continuity indicated in the script. Through editing, he develops the final version of the audiovisual product, depending on whether it is a film, a documentary, a video-journalistic video, a video clip, a short film, a promo or other multimedia products.
Specifically, the videomaker defines the work plan, starting from the analysis of the screenplay or the subject, prepares places and tools for filming, under the director's or journalist's directives, he makes the shots and checks the shot, checking the quality of the shots, finally it catalogs the turned material and mounts it.
The ideal training course to become a videomaker is the three-year or specialized degree course of the DAMS or the master's degree in Television and new Media. The degree course, which is essential to ensure basic theoretical training, is recommended to follow a technical-specialist training through professional training courses.
A good channel to approach the profession is the internship provided by the degree or postgraduate courses, these give the opportunity to get in touch with circuits in which it is often not easy to enter. Alternatively, you can learn in the field, starting as assistants, maintainers, lightsmiths or microphones.
Finally, to become a videomaker it is essential a great passion for the film and visual arts field and the willingness to invest in continuous updating, especially as regards the knowledge of techniques and tools.
The specific knowledge that a professional videomaker must have concerns television and film language, systems and technologies for data storage, methods and techniques of editing, image correction techniques, 3D software and image coloring, technologies and editing programs, methods of image transfer on different audio-video supports.
The videomaker usually works as a self-employed person, with VAT number or with collaborations on specific assignments, in particular with private broadcasters. In television, all local private broadcasters, characterized by a less complex organization than the larger TV channels, both for the creation of journalistic and documentary services, employ the same professional figure who deals with the elaboration of the themes, the shooting and the editing.
Other jobs are represented by audiovisual production companies, which provide services to television companies or create their own audiovisual products. The videomaker can also be used by web agencies, communication agencies, newspapers, companies that deal with information or create multimedia content.