Filmmaking Industry Jobs
Film making is always an exciting, ever changing career path.
The details outlined below provide a very brief overview of the
kinds of filmmaking jobs available to those with appropriate
training in the field.
The Film Producer is charged with managing the expenses,
organization, and all decisions involved in producing the film
itself. It is the Film Producer that conceives of an idea for a
film, hires a Director, makes casting decisions, and decides on the
film crew and locations. The Producer is the primary authority
overseeing the all aspects of the production of a film, and it's
The Production Manager is tasked with organizing the production of
the film as specified by the Producer. This person delegates
responsibility for all tasks and manages them throughout their
A Production Assistant coordinates many of the functions required to
produce a film, including flight and hotel bookings, administrative
duties, scheduling film shoots, booking locations, equipment and
film shipment from location, etc. Production Assistants typically
are strong multi-taskers, and shoulder a variety of responsibilities
at any given time.
There can be one or more assistant directors, depending upon the
film budget. They take care of Assistant Directors ensure that a
film shoot adheres to the appropriate schedules, and that all
functions of the set are prepared and available when needed. The
film's budget will often dictate how many Assistant Directors are
A Director serves a number of functions including; the
interpretation of the script, auditioning and selecting actors,
directing cast and crew, overseeing costumes and choreography,
working out camera angles, and so on. The Director is charged with
ensuring that the film's artistic and creative expression meets the
Producers demands. The Director is in control of the studio or
location where the film is being shot.
Researchers are tasked with ensuring the historical, scientific or
sociological accuracy of the film. They are critical to ensuring a
film's authenticity, for example, in a documentary production.
The cinematographer is charged with the operations of the camera and
all lighting. The cameraman is the one in control of the camera and
follows directions from the film Director. Typically, the
Cinematographer has several Assistants.
Audio (Sound) Engineers work both on the set and in the studio, and
are in charge of all aspects of the sound of a film, including
music, voice, and any other sounds required for the film.
The above list is in no way an exhaustive list of the jobs and
skills required to produce a film. As anyone who has ever watched a
film shoot can attest, there are many people working on a shoot, all
carrying out a number of different, yet essential, duties in
producing a successful film shoot.