Careers in Filmmaking

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Filmmaking-related positions can be found in movies, cable and subscription programming, radio and television broadcasting, and performing arts. Jobs in this creative field vary from director to editor to producer to special effects artist.

Art Director

Involved with scenic design. This includes working with budget, location, sets, props, and sometimes costume design.

Associate Producer

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.

Assistant Director

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.

Camera Operator

Directly accountable for what the camera sees, this person is responsible for the proper functioning of the camera (technical aspects).


Realizes the director's 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, and 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, and camera operator as well.

Film Editor

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.

Makeup Artist

Use techniques including makeup, masks, and wigs and create character images and special effects.


Primary function is to raise money for the production of the film. Also hires the director, delegates staff responsibilities, and approves the script, set, costumes, and budget. Collaborates with the writer and the director on creative decisions.

Production Assistant

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 Manager

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.

Sound Engineer

Responsible for all sound recorded during the production of the film. Must slate/identify shots. Microphone knowledge. 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.

Special Effects Artist

Make animated effects, illusions, and other effects such as explosions, natural disasters, and intergalactic events seem real for movies, videos, and animations.


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