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Overview of the role

Enable creative individuals in the film and television sector to be able to produce high quality content

Post production engineer

Details of standard

Occupation summary

This occupation is found in companies and organisations that edit and produce film and television content prior to release across multiple platforms. This includes feature films, television series for terrestrial and digital services, and advertising. This is a growing sector, due to the increasing volume of content being produced. Post Production businesses can be either large or small and may either specialise in purely post production services or, be part of larger organisations that provide a wide range of technical support services to the TV and film industries.

Key duties of a Post Production Engineer include ensuring that clients are able to utilise facilities and technology at their best to achieve the best production standards, engaging with colleagues and clients to identify their needs, and devising solutions to production outcomes that are desired.

Post Production Engineers will work as part of a team of both creative and technical individuals in a studio environment.. The broad purpose of the occupation is to enable creative individuals in the film and television sector to be able to produce high quality content. The role of a Post Production Engineer is to:

  • provide technical support to creative staff throughout the end to end post production process
  • specify/ define the equipment to be used in developing content (keeping abreast of and using new technologies where available)
  • act as a technical expert on equipment issues, configuring post production equipment to ensure that it is operating effectively
  • interpret the creative requirements and enable the application of technical tools and software to achieve the intended look of the finished material.
  • balancing sound, colour, visual effects and transition between sections.
  • use technology and processes to enhance the visual impact that a film or television sequence may have.
  • engage with colleagues and clients to resolve technical problems that may occur with hardware and software
  • assist colleagues and clients to utilise software to obtain the effects required. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with creative representatives from client organisations and other members of the technical staff engaged with the production of content. Post Production Engineers will also engage with client organisations and representatives from suppliers, and work as part of a post production teams. Post Productions Engineers will hold senior posts within technical teams and will be required to provide direction and guidance to junior members of staff and to sub-contractors who may be engaged with.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for ensuring that technology is used effectively to achieve the creative style that the programme producers and directors are seeking. This includes resolving problems, monitoring the use of software and engaging with the client to ensure that their requirements are being met.

Post Production engineers have a significant impact on the final view that audiences will experience. They are required to balance both technical and creative skills to produce the impact that the director and other creative staff members and clients are seeking to achieve. Post Production Engineers trouble shoot processes and technical issues and provide solutions to resolve them or work with colleagues with relevant experience. Post Production Engineers will hold a senior position within a production organisation and will be required to give direction and guidance to junior members of staff and sub-contractors.
The role in technical in nature and Post Production Engineers need to understand the health and safety implications of their work and operate in way that reduces risk.The Post Production Engineer may also have responsibility for the management of preventative maintenance schedules.

Typical job titles include:

Post production engineer Post production technical support Post production technical engineer Edit support technician Systems engineer Technical engineer Studio technologies team Creative Technologist


Occupation duties

Duty

KSBs

Duty 1 Connect, test and configure technical equipment to ensure a specifically designed setup is working correctly and to the required performance levels

K1 K2 K3 K5 K6 K18

S3 S4 S5 S6

B1 B2

Duty 2 Assess the nature of technical faults by analysing systems and using this research to inform and evaluate solutions.

K3 K4 K5 K6 K8 K9

S6 S7 S8 S12 S13 S14

B2

Duty 3 Prioritise activities by applying triage methods

K4 K10 K11

S4 S12 S15 S18

B1 B2 B5

Duty 4 Develop prompt solutions to emerging and bespoke problems to enable client work to progress

K3 K4 K6 K8 K9 K10

S6 S7 S8 S9 S10 S11 S12 S13 S14

B1 B2 B5 B8

Duty 5 Develop a rapport with clients and those external to the organisation in order to help them articulate their requirements

K16

S1 S2 S15 S25

B1 B2 B7 B8

Duty 6 Develop effective working relationships with creative staff and other technical team members

K10 K16

S1 S21 S22 S24 S25 S26

B5 B7 B8

Duty 7 Apply and control the use of software to achieve the required outcome as defined by the client (balancing sound, colour, visual effects and transition between sections).

K1 K2 K3 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K11 K13

S3 S4 S9

B2 B3 B5

Duty 8 Respond to disruption to schedules by planning and developing courses of action in a structured way to resolve un-planned and un-anticipated issues

K4 K8 K9 K10

S18 S19

B5 B6 B8

Duty 9 Apply security protocols to protect client work

K1 K18

B8

Duty 10 Update and create technical documentation

K1 K2 K13

S17

B2 B8

Duty 11 Apply up to date post-production techniques and technology used across the industry and allied industries.

K1 K2 K5 K13

S5

B2 B8

Duty 12 Provide technical expertise to senior staff within the production organisation and to clients.

K14 K16

S1 S20 S22 S25

B4 B5 B8

Duty 13 Steer and guide the work of junior staff

S26

B4 B7 B8

Duty 14 Evaluate and assess the quality of work produced by junior staff

S26

B4 B7 B8

Duty 15 Assess the quality of their own work to ensure that it meets the needs of the organisation and the client

B4 B5 B7


KSBs

Knowledge

K1: How SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers) standards impact on the work of post-production organisations Back to Duty

K2: The common industry standards for computer networks that impact on post production systems Back to Duty

K3: How to identify the operational state of systems and equipment Back to Duty

K4: How to identify when issues are technology related and when they may require user training Back to Duty

K5: The key software and operating systems used by the organisation e.g. SALT, ANSIBLE, PUPPET Back to Duty

K6: Understanding of the overall facility infrastructure including cabling, servers, studios Back to Duty

K7: How key post-production software applications are used within the organisation to balance sound, colour, visual effects and transition between sections. Back to Duty

K8: The common faults that can arise with Post Production systems and software Back to Duty

K9: The solutions that can be applied to common system and software faults Back to Duty

K10: The creative workflow used within the organisation Back to Duty

K11: How to recognise the organisational priorities and how they impact on the planning of work activities in the immediate, short and long term Back to Duty

K12: Hardware set up including location of gear, cabling, video routers and relevant labelling Back to Duty

K13: Basic TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) used to allow computers to communicate on a network such as the internet Back to Duty

K14: Where and when internal and external general and specialist expertise can be sought Back to Duty

K15: How problem-solving techniques (such as root cause analysis) can be applied to resolve routine and bespoke problems and how triage methods can be used to prioritise activities Back to Duty

K16: How to manage the expectations of internal and external customers Back to Duty

K17: How configuration of new equipment is managed Back to Duty

K18: The processes in place for data and physical security and its critical importance to the organisation Back to Duty

K19: Environmental and Health and Safety policies and procedures Back to Duty

Skills

S1: Engage with clients to determine system requirements and establish hardware and software needs Back to Duty

S2: Determine the scope of the task and agrees the specification Back to Duty

S3: Set up new hardware and software systems to specification and to meet security requirements Back to Duty

S4: Apply and follow defined procedures for maintenance and set up activities Back to Duty

S5: Monitor and adjust calibration of equipment using SMPTE standards as a benchmark Back to Duty

S6: Identify correct operational state of equipment and the operational status of applications Back to Duty

S7: Select and use appropriate test equipment and software Back to Duty

S8: Monitor and identify when applications and equipment are not working correctly Back to Duty

S9: Operate and use IT hardware and auxiliary equipment effectively Back to Duty

S10: Implement regular analysis to establish the on-going performance of systems Back to Duty

S11: Gather and interpret information to identify the root cause of technical problems and apply a triage process in identifying faults Back to Duty

S12: Apply diagnostic processes to identify and assess the scale of bespoke hardware and software problems Back to Duty

S13: Evaluate possible solutions taking into account cost, time and priority Back to Duty

S14: Reproduce and document fault conditions Back to Duty

S15: Utilise helpdesk systems to track backlog and maintain customer service Back to Duty

S16: Implement checks to review and evaluate the effectiveness of solutions Back to Duty

S17: Log the progress of work and key actions on organisational systems Back to Duty

S18: Schedule and implement work to take account of workflow to minimise negative impact Back to Duty

S19: Implement creative workarounds until a permanent solution can be put in place Back to Duty

S20: Brief other specialists to assist with the resolution of problems Back to Duty

S21: Respond effectively in pressurised periods of work Back to Duty

S22: Take ownership of the work environment and identified problems Back to Duty

S23: Able to assess user state, user goals and user difficulties Back to Duty

S24: Manage creative issues and establish trust with colleagues in order to minimise conflict Back to Duty

S25: Describe complex problems in a simple and clear way to users and colleagues Back to Duty

S26: Support junior staff by providing guidance on how to resolve system problems, checking the quality of their work and providing constructive feedback Back to Duty

S27: Complies with Environmental and Health and Safety polices and procedures. Back to Duty

Behaviours

B1: Champions the importance of adherence to the organisation’s Environmental, Health and Safety management systems:- actively displays and promotes a safety first culture within the organisation Back to Duty

B2: Operates in a systematic, proactive and transparent way Back to Duty

B3: Actively promotes the case for the adoption of emerging and advanced technologies to optimise performance Back to Duty

B4: Takes full responsibility for own professional development, seeking opportunities to enhance knowledge, skills and experience. Keeps abreast of developments in emerging technologies Back to Duty

B5: Accepts responsibility for their workload with a responsible approach to risk Back to Duty

B6: Demonstrates a high level of motivation and resilience when facing challenging situations Back to Duty

B7: Creates and maintains positive, professional, trusting and ethical working relationships with their team and the wider range of internal, external and connected stakeholders Back to Duty

B8: Acts professionally when engaging with colleagues and clients Back to Duty


Qualifications

English & Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.


Additional details

Occupational Level:

5

Duration (months):

24

Review

This apprenticeship standard will be reviewed after three years

Status: In development
Proposal approved Standard approved Assessment plan approved
Level: 5
Reference: ST0933
Route: Creative and design
Typical duration to gateway: 24 months (this does not include EPA period)
Trailblazer contact(s): David-s@moving-picture.com
Employers involved in creating the standard: Envy Post Production, Evolution Partnership (on behalf of Screen Skills), Framestore, Goldcrest Films Moving Picture, Ravensbourne University, The Finish

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