Looking around the web, there isn’t a job known purely as ‘graphics’ in a TV production. It’s more rolled into the term as ‘Art-Director’. This person would be involved in everything to do with the set design, on screen graphics and animations. Below is a list of skills needed to fulfill this role (From Skillset.org).
- free-hand drawing, perspective and technical drawing skills;
- a good eye for decoration and detail;
- a good sense of time and place;
- ability to conceptualise ideas;
- ability to think visually;
- methodical approach to work;
- ability to lead a team;
- ability to see the broader picture and to co-ordinate effectively;
- diplomacy and sensitivity when working with artists and crew;
- willingness to work long and irregular hours;
- knowledge of the requirements of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and procedures, particularly in relation to working with potentially hazardous working conditions or materials
Further to that I would say you need to have fundamental knowledge of several computer programmes such as Photoshop, After Effects and Google Sketch-Up.
Most workers who become part of the Art team in a production are graduates of Art, Architecture, Theatre, Interior or 3D Design courses. Some individuals may also undertake higher level courses in Film and/or Theatre Production Design.
Personally, I have used both Photoshop and After Effects before so I should be able to design some nice bits for our production. I also generally have an good eye for colour and design so I will also help out the set designer if she needs some idea’s. Over the easter break I’m really going to get stuck into creating lots of pieces for the group to decide on what to use.