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Saddler
job title suggestions
on Mar 22, 2007 at 2:35:27 am

I'm presenting a change in job title to my company which develops video games. When I started the job I transferred over from doing 3D, and since it was a new video position they gave me the title "Video Technician". I'm looking to change the title to reflect the creative and artistic aspects of the job, and I want it to sound like a step or two up from my current title to reflect the increase in pay that I'll also be requesting.

Here's what I do: My main work is capturing HD video and editing the footage in a music video style for use in trailers, and T.V. spots and other cuts for marketing purposes. I use Final Cut Pro for editing, Shake for compositing, DVD Studio Pro for authoring, Motion for creating animated DVD menus and particles for compositing into my cuts, and very rarely Soundtrack Pro for sound FX design. I'm responsible for setting up and maintaining all equipment and software since my IT dept. doesn't do Macs. I also shoot HD footage with an HVX-200 for "making of" videos and reference footage for animators.

I'm looking for suggestions on alternate job titles that encompass all of what I do. The caveat is that it most likely can't include "director" in the title since I'm the entire video department, so I have noone else working under me to direct; but maybe someone can think of an appropriate title that describes directing without implying the directing of other employees.


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Saddler
Re: job title suggestions
on Mar 22, 2007 at 3:17:56 am

I forgot to mention that since I'm capturing footage from the game engines, I'm also responsible for setting up and operating the cg cameras for each shot.


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Mark Raudonis
Re: job title suggestions
on Mar 22, 2007 at 5:13:09 am

[Saddler] "The caveat is that it most likely can't include "director" in the title since I'm the entire video department, so I have noone else working under me to direct;"

Why not? So what if you have no one else... what about hiring outside consultants/freelance help.??

I would suggest that something like "director of video production" would be appropriate.

good luck.

Mark




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Greg
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on Mar 23, 2007 at 2:03:18 am

Directors in a corporate environment have that title at a fairly high level in the corporation. It depends on your job grade withing the company. Technician tends to be a low on the totem pole position. You may want to consider Video Specialist, Video Associate, Manager/Video, Video Production Manager, Video Supervisor.


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Mark Raudonis
Re: job title suggestions
on Mar 23, 2007 at 3:15:08 am

Greg,

I get it. But I'm suggesting that he take an aggressive, proactive step, and declare himself the "director" of "an army of one". Think positive.

"most likely can't include "director" in the title since I'm the entire video department, so I have noone else working under me to direct"


Mark




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Steve Wargo
Re: job title suggestions
on Mar 23, 2007 at 8:27:41 am

You don't have to direct "people" to be a director.

The IMDB describes Director as:

Director

The principal creative artist on a movie set. A director is usually (but not always) the driving artistic source behind the filming process, and communicates to actors the way that he/she would like a particular scene played. A director's duties might also include casting, script editing, shot selection, shot composition, and editing. Typically, a director has complete artistic control over all aspects of the movie, but it is not uncommon for the director to be bound by agreements with either a producer or a studio. In some large productions, a director will delegate less important scenes to a second unit.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

note the phrase "artistic control".

If you shot a documentary about the forest and went to the forest, shot the materiel and then edited it together, wouldn't you be the Director?

Steve Wargo
Tempe, Arizona

It's a dry heat!


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greg
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on Mar 23, 2007 at 5:05:18 pm

Good point. but having worked in video production within major corporations for 20 years, I can tell you that unless you are made the director of a department via job grade, salary and bonus structure...you can't be called a director. The last thing HR in a corporation understands is video production.


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Steve Wargo
Re: job title suggestions
on Mar 23, 2007 at 9:22:38 pm

I know numerous "Communications Directors" who don't have people under them. Look through your HR listings for any type of director and then explain to HR that you are a "director". Shower them with lavish gifts, college education for their children, clothing, jewelry and free meals. I'll bet you could pull this off.

Steve Wargo
Tempe, Arizona

It's a dry heat!


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