How To Become a Motion Graphics Designer

How to become a Motion Graphics Designer

What is a Motion Graphics Designer?
A Motion Graphics Designer is responsible for creating complex graphics, animation, and live video content for the web, television, and film.

What is the Job?
Motion Graphics Designers are a fundamental part of the creative process. They are responsible for creating a variety of graphics, such as trailers, advertisements, movie clips and title sequences. They use visual effects and other cinematic techniques to bring life to paper sketches and ideas. Motion graphics design is really a subset of graphic design, taken to the next level, as designers must adopt graphic design principles in video and film production and then apply animation techniques on top.

A Motion Graphics Designer uses their skills to create moving words, logos, text and numbers on screen during a TV show or film. Day to day tasks can including designing graphics and animations using computer software, creating basic designs and drawings with pen and paper, converting static objects into animated objects through modelling and optical scanning and creating animated sequences.

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How To Become a Cinematographer

How to become a Cinematographer

What is a Cinematographer?
A Cinematographer is responsible for all of the visual elements of a film. They oversee and direct photography and camerawork across a whole film or TV production.

What is the Job?
A Cinematographer is the person actually in charge of shooting the film. They have the ability to make creative decisions, under the guidance of the film director, regarding the picture’s lighting, camera motion, shot colour, depth of field and scene composition. Even in pre-production, the Cinematographer has to make crucial decisions such as whether the film will be colour or black and white, whether it will be shot in digital or on film, and the style of shooting.

The Cinematographer works very closely with the film director, who will oversee and approve the decisions. A Cinematographer’s job is to impress the story of the screenwriter, and the vision of the film director, onto the actual film.

On larger films, the Cinematographer is solely responsible for shot composition and planning, whilst on smaller films, the Cinematographer will also take on the role of Director of Photography, and so will look after the lighting and make decisions regarding the camera, lenses, and other equipment.

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How To Become a Digital Image Technician

How To Become a Digital Image Technician

What is a Digital Image Technician?
A Digital Image Technician (DIT) is responsible for the handling of content and image quality control. They’re responsible for ensuring that all footage is available for the editor. The role requires a vast amount of technological knowledge. The growth in the use of digital cameras has resulted in the creation and progression of the DIT position.

What is the Job?
The role of Digital Image Technician involves using a vast amount of technological knowledge to assist with monitoring exposure levels, colour correction, and creating dailies. The responsibilities and duties of a DIT varies from set to set.

A Digital Image Technician will also determine the camera’s menu settings, recording format, and output, and they will then be responsible for maintaining these. The DIT will work in collaboration with the cinematographer on workflow, systemisation, camera settings, signal integrity and image manipulation in order to achieve the highest image quality. A DIT is the connector between on-set time and post production; they are responsible for tasks during preparation, on-set time and post production.

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