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Performers

actor

Actor

Alternate Titles: Talent, Actress

Job Description: An Actor embodies a character within a motion picture by researching every aspect of the character, memorizing dialogue the Screenwriter has written, and developing their own emotional life.

Salary: $19,000 to $200,000+

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Casting Director

Casting Director

Alternate Titles: Casting, CD

Job Description: The Casting Director assists the production in securing all onscreen talent. They post casting notices and hold auditions for Directors and Producers to see Actors in action.

Average Annual Salary: $60,800

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become a movie extra, background actor

Extra

Job Description: An Extra fills in as part of the background of a scene and adds depth to the environment.

Average Salary Range: $170 for an eight-hour day

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Movie Development Careers

Producer

Producer

Job Description: The Producer is the head of the business side of filmmaking. They often help a Screenwriter develop a script, find financing and hire the crew.

Salary: $39,000 to $127,000+

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Director

Director

Job Description: Directors ensure the film’s story is being told through the Actors’ performances and the onscreen visuals. They are in charge of every creative aspect from development to post-production.

Salary: $32,000 to $187,000+

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Screenwriter

Screenwriter

Alternate Titles: Writer

Job Description: The Screenwriter writes the screenplay for a film, which includes all scenes and dialogue. They start with a treatment before writing the first draft and making multiple revisions.

Average Annual Salary: $70,000+

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Production: Supervisors Careers

Script Supervisor

Script Supervisor

Alternate Titles: Scripty, Continuity

Job Description: The Script Supervisor oversees continuity during principal photography, ensuring people and props are where they should be in each shot.

Salary: $500 to $4,000 per week

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Line Producer

Line Producer

Job Description: The Line Producer manages a production’s budget and scheduling and hires all of the below-the-line crew. He or she serves as the bridge between the Director, Producer, and the crew.

Salary: $73,000

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1st Assistant Director

1st Assistant Director

Alternate Titles: 1st AD

Job Description: The 1st Assistant Director manages the schedule for a film set and coordinates all on-set departments for each shot.

Salary: $8,000 per week

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Camera Operator Careers

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

Alternate Titles: Director of Photography, DP

Job Description: The Cinematographer works with the Director to achieve the overall visual aesthetic of a cinematic production.

Salary: $2,000 to $20,000 per week

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Camera Operator and Steadicam Operator

Camera Operator

Alternate Titles: Camera Person, Shooter, Steadicam

Job Description: Camera Operators work with the camera team to operate a camera and record the action of a scene on a film set.

Average Annual Salary: $59,000

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1st Assistant Camera

First AC

Alternate Titles: 1st Assistant Camera, Camera Technician

Job Description: The First AC manages the camera gear and crew on a film set. They work under the Cinematographer, recommending cameras, lenses, and other support gear.

Salary: $10 to $31 per hour

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Lighting Careers

Key Grip

Key Grip

Alternate Titles: Head of Grip Department

Job Description: The Key Grip supervises the Grip Department, providing all support for lights and camera on set. They shape light for a cinematic quality.

Salary: $60,000 to $100,000

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Gaffer

Gaffer

Alternate Titles: On Set Gaffer

Job Description: The Gaffer is the head of the Lighting and Power Department on a film set. They work in pre-production and production to help achieve the desired cinematic image through setting up lights and running cables.

Salary: $30,000 to $70,000+

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Film electrician

Film Electrician

Alternate Titles: Lamp Operator, Electric

Job Description: The Film Electrician lays cable and sets up lights for the Gaffer on a film set. There are two types: a Rigging Electric and an On-Set Electric.

Salary: $17,000 to $72,000

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Production: Sound Careers

Field Sound Mixer

Field Recording Mixer

Alternate Titles: Production Sound Mixer

Job Description: The Field Recording Mixer works on a production to capture all dialogue and provide a rough mix for the picture edit.

Average Annual Salary: $47,000

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become a boom operator

Boom Operator

Job Description: The role of a Boom Operator is to place and hold the boom microphone to record the dialogue for Actors during a film or television shoot and to know the basics of the use of wireless microphones and recording equipment.

Salary: $25,000 to $100,000

Become a Boom Operator

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Film Editing Careers

Picture Editor

Film Editor

Alternate Titles: Editor, Cutter

Job Description: The Film Editor (also known as Picture Editor) works with the Director, editing footage together to shape character and perspective, thereby creating a comprehensive onscreen narrative.

Average Annual Salary: $75,000

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assistant editor

Assistant Editor

Alternate Titles: AE

Job Description: The Assistant Editor supports the main Film Editor by preparing projects, cleaning up timelines and handling exports.

Average Annual Salary: $41,000

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post supervisor, become a post supervisor

Post Supervisor

Alternate Titles: Post-Production Supervisor

Job Description: A Post Supervisor maintains the integrity of a film or television show by overseeing color correction and visual effects, handling quality control, and managing billing and paperwork.

Salary: $1,450-$1,900/week

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Film Sound and Color Careers

Re-recording engineer

Re-recording Mixer

Alternate Titles: Dubbing Mixer

Job Description: The Re-recording Mixer provides the final theatrical sound mix for a cinematic production. Their goal is to create a mix that tells the story effectively.

Average Annual Salary: $65,000

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Colorist

Colorist

Alternate Titles: Post Digital Imaging Technician

Job Description: The Colorist processes every image in a cinematic production to achieve the desired hues and contrast. The work is a sort of hybrid of visual effects and cinematography.

Average Annual Salary: $69,000

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Foley Engineer

Foley Engineer

Alternate Titles: Foley Recordist

Job Description: The Foley Engineer works in the Sound Department, setting up microphones and recording the sound effects Foley Artists create for a motion picture.

Salary: $150 to $300 per day

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Production Art

Production Designer

Production Designer

Alternate Titles: PD, Scenic Design

Job Description: The Production Designer manages the Art Department on a set and oversees the visuals of the film. They participate in location scouts and design sets.

Average Annual Salary: $90,000

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Costume Designer

Costume Designer

Alternate Titles: Head of Wardrobe

Job Description: The Costume Designer creates costumes to tell a story about the characters. He or she is the artistic head for all costume based decisions on a film set.

Salary: $3,000 to $12,000 per day

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makeup artist, film makeup artist

Makeup Artist

Job Description: As part of a production team, a Makeup Artist’s job is to collaborate with other creatives by painting faces, creating character looks and designing other facial effects in line with their vision.

General Salary Range: Varies widely; $300/day – $3,000/day

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Production: Specialty Careers

on set vfx supervisor

On-Set VFX Supervisor

Alternate Titles: Studio VFX Supervisor, In-House VFX Supervisor

Job Description: The job of an On-Set VFX Supervisor is to make sure that the required VFX shots are executed as needed, as well as to manage the VFX budget, schedule and expectations.

Average Annual Salary: Varies widely; $25/hr. to $5,000/wk.

Become an On-Set VFX Supervisor

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Drone Pilot

Alternate Titles: Drone Operator, Drone Camera Operator

Job Description: The job of a drone pilot is to capture footage from a unique, bird’s eye perspective.

Average Annual Salary: $0-$1,500/day

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Production Accountant

Production Accountant

Alternate Titles: Accountant

Job Description: A Production Accountant looks after all of the finances for a production. They issue paychecks and give updates to the Producers on where their actual budget is in relation to their projected budget.

Average Annual Salary: $102,000

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Production Assistant

Production Assistant

Alternate Titles: PA

Job Description: A Production Assistant works with various departments on set as needed for odd jobs and support tasks. This is the entry-level position for many crew positions.

Salary: $150 to $250 per day

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Film Finance Careers

Executive Producer

Executive Producer

Alternate Titles: EP, Film Financier

Job Description: The Executive Producer provides the financial backing for a film project. Their involvement depends on the project with some simply securing funds and others getting involved in the filmmaking process.

Salary: $47,000 to $178,000+

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Film Music Careers

Music Supervisor

Music Supervisor

Alternate Titles: Music Sup.

Job Description: The Music Supervisor oversees all music that takes place in a motion picture, selecting tracks that fit the mood and tone of each scene, and sometimes sitting in during recording sessions.

Average Annual Salary: $90,000

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Film Composer

Composer

Alternate Titles: Film Composer

Job Description: The Composer creates the score for a motion picture through writing, revising, and recording new music to elicit an emotional response.

Salary: $20,000 to $152,000

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Education & Film Festivals

become a film professor, lecturer, instructor

Professor

Alternate Titles: Lecturer, Instructor

Job Description: A Professor is an academic professional — often with industry experience — who teaches students to become proficient in a particular field of production or study.

Average Annual Salary: $68,000 to $150,000+

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adjunct professor

Adjunct Professor

Alternate Titles: Teacher, Professor, Instructor

Job Description: An Adjunct Professor is hired by a college or university on a contractual, part-time basis to teach the film curriculum of that particular school.

Salary: $25 to $150 per hour

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festival programmer

Festival Programmer

Alternate Titles: Programming Coordinator, Programming Manager

Job Description: Festival Programmers are in charge of sourcing and selecting the most appropriate films for their respective festivals, whilst also taking responsibility for the smooth running of the festivals themselves.

Salary: Annual salary varies widely. Unpaid at entry-level, low-to-mid six figures for highest level positions.

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Representation

Manager

Job Description: A Manager oversees the professional lives of their clients, which can include brainstorming new projects, guiding the progress of existing assignments, providing notes on those assignments and offering general creative feedback and support.

Average Annual Salary: $40K/year to six or seven figures (depending on experience and client roster)

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become a manager, talent manager
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