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TrendWatch Fast Fact: Tasks Done By Freelancers

Biggest job: Nonlinear editing By Jim Whittington, TrendWatch Inc.
TrendWatch logoIn this weekly quick feature, TrendWatch founding partner Jim Whittington offers you interesting factoids based on market research from the broadcast and graphics industries. This week, see the lineup of top tasks done by freelancers.

Fact: Top tasks done by freelancers include NLE, audio work, live production/events, DVDs and previz.

50% of the freelancers in the U.S. who work in our industry do non-linear editing work
35% do audio sweetening/ recording/ mixing
32% do live productions/ events
31% do music recording/ mixing
31% do DVD authoring
29% do previsualization

Why should you care?
From what we observe, freelancers appear to be playing an increasingly important role as technology and experience have enabled these skilled independents to perform at peak levels. Although many studio owners say freelancers are a source of competition, knowing what tasks freelancers perform can be important in how studios use freelancers and how studios compete with them. In a nutshell, many freelancers are doing editing and audio related work for their clients. Love 'em or not, they're here to stay!

-- Excerpted from the TrendWatch Visual Effects/Dynamic Media Report - Issue #5, Summer 2004. 

These market facts are based on original TrendWatch market research with executives and business owners in the TV/Broadcast and visual effects industries. You can  reach the TrendWatch Partners, Jim Whittington and Dr. Joseph Webb via e-mail at [email protected], or visit  the company's Web site at

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