January 8, 2016 at 11:09AM


Is my job overloading me or is this a typical situation in the industry?

I think my boss assigned me a task that is unreasonable for a one man video department. Today I was told I have 10 videos to produce for a client. Four videos are 2-3 minute promo tours of housing services, five videos are 2-3 minute breakdowns of departments the client specializes in, and the last video is a 8-10 minute gala doc. All of these have to be conceptualized, scheduled, shot, edited, and graded by myself in a month and two weeks.

Am I overthinking the workload or is this unreasonable?


It depends on your workflow, your efficiency, your capability, the client's demands, schedule. So many factors. There are people that could probably handle that, and there are people that couldn't. It's not a bad thing either way.

If it were me, I would say the smallest videos would demand at least 4 days of work, and for larger projects (like the gala doc), it would probably take a week or more depending on how much feedback they plan to give you.

So yeah, 6 weeks sounds a little optimistic. If I were you, I would go over the details of each video heavily and get a complete understanding of how much revising you will have to do (because that stuff is super time consuming, working with the client), and then I would come up with your own schedule that seems like a good amount of time to do a good job. Present that to your boss and let him know you're happy to try and work within the timeframe he provided, but you're worried the quality of the work will suffer. Propose your schedule as an alternative.

Generally people just don't realize how much is involved in video production. Once you manage their expectations, they're usually pretty chill.

January 9, 2016 at 10:56AM

Kenneth Merrill

This sounds totally realistic to me, provided you build everything around production "templates", where you know what pieces you have to capture and assemble, and you've got a common structure to follow when you make all of these films.

Yes, you have to become a little film-factory, but if you are efficient with your time, you should still have some time left for the creative aspects of it.

January 9, 2016 at 1:31PM, Edited January 9, 1:31PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

I think it all depends on your level of experience. I could see that if you'd been doing this type of work for years and had done tons of projects like this it might be doable. You'd be able to easily see the path ahead and know exactly what steps to take to get from A to B. On the other hand, if you're relatively inexperienced this could be an incredibly overwelming amount of work to get done in that amount of time.
In terms of how to move forward, I agree with Kenneth about coming up with your own schedule and presenting it to your boss. Remember that saying about production - a project can be fast, good, or cheap - pick two.

January 12, 2016 at 11:08AM, Edited January 12, 11:11AM

David Summers
VFX Supervisor/Artist and Filmmaker

It really depends on the quality & how complex those movies are.

January 12, 2016 at 3:44PM

You voted '+1'.
Andy Tokarski
Director, Editor, Colorist

I agree with most the comments here, It's doable but you may have to sacrifice a bit of quality to make deadline. I work in news and we have to turn a new story daily so a month for 10 videos is a lot of work but manageable, just don't overthink it. If the pay is good, knock em out the best you can in the time you have, it may not be a masterpiece, but it's paid work.

January 14, 2016 at 8:17PM, Edited January 14, 8:23PM

Stephen Herron

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