Careers in Filmmaking
Involved with scenic design. This includes working with budget, location, sets, props and sometimes costume and scenic design.
Assists with keeping track of records, working the budget, files and scripts. Always a step ahead of the producer in planning but a step back in decision making.
Aids the director with location scouting, daily shooting schedules, calls to actors and extras. Works closely with the production manager. In documentary production the assistant director also holds the responsibilities of the production manager.
Directly accountable for what the camera sees, this person is responsible for the proper functioning of the camera (technical aspects).
Realizes the directors vision for the film and works with director in hiring key technical production crew, scouts locations with the director, determines which lens to be used, camera placement and movement, film stock, lighting for day and night, and oversees the follow-up in lab and final processing.
Interprets and develops scripts. Works with the producer to choose key crew members, cast actors, select locations, coordinate budgets and shooting schedules. A background in graphic design and fine arts (painting, composition, drawing and color) are beneficial. In documentary productions the director often assumes the roles of producer, writer, camera operator as well as director.
Organizes and edits film footage. Works with the director, producer and writer to select footage to be used. Responsible for the final rhythm of the film and can in some cases determine the actual content. Combines picture and sound track and sees the film through to the complete print.
Use make-up techniques including mask making, wigs, and to create character images and special effects.
Primary function is to raise money for the production of the film. They also hire the director, delegate staff responsibilities and approve the script, set, costumes and budget. Collaborates with the writer and the director on creative decisions.
An entry-level position and a good way to get your foot in the door. Works with production manager, but assists the entire film unit with all phases of production.
Production managers take care of the financial and business side of production by organizing details such as: budgeting records of technical and personal expenses, obtaining permits, hiring police protection, supervising travel arrangements, providing housing, and hiring/firing crew members at the direction of the producer. Production managers act as peacemakers who ensure the whole production goes smoothly.
Is responsible for all sound recorded during the production of the film. Must slate/identify shots. microphone knowledge and placement. Plans sound effects and is able to record on location and in the studio. Foley artists are responsible for making creating realistic sounds for a movie or animation. This involves using unique props to create sounds that convey the feeling of the scene. See http://www.marblehead.net/foley/jack.html for more information.
Make animated effects, illusions and other effects such as explosions, natural disasters, intergalactic events seem real for movies, videos, animations.
Educational Opportunities at MCAD
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking
Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking