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On Set Visual Effects 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.
Salary: Varies widely; $25/hr. to $5,000/wk.
Visual Effects Supervisor
Alternate Titles: On Set VFX Supervisor, VFX Super
Job Description: Visual Effects Supervisors are present on set when a film or television show is being shot. They advise on how to go about shooting something to make it easy to handle in post-production. With good on-set supervision, the footage will look its very best once the computer graphics and compositing are added.
Salary: $60,000 to $250,000
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.
Alternate Titles: Drone Pilot
Job Description: A Drone Operator works to remotely pilot aircraft that gets footage from above a specific location during production.
Salary: $50,000 to $80,000
Lead Chef (Film)
Alternate Titles: Key Caterer, Catering, Chef Driver, Head Chef
Job Description: Lead Chefs in television, film and commercials feed the cast and crew breakfast and lunch on production days. As part of the catering team, they feed from 50 to 350 people at any given time.
Salary: $50,000 (union day-players) to $100,000+ (full-time union Chefs)
Film Catering Person
Alternate Titles: Crafty, Craft Services, Entertainment Catering, Caterer
Job Description: A Catering (or Craft Services) person provides all food and beverages on set, with the exception of meal times.
Average Annual Salary: $74,000
Key Craft Services
Alternate Titles: Key Crafty Service, Key Crafty, Key Craft Server
Job Description: Key Craft Services provide snacks, coffee and refreshments to crew and cast throughout the day. They also maintain trash on and around set.
Salary: $110,000 to $180,000+, depending on whether you rent or own your trailer.
Job Description: An Armorer supervises the use of all weapons on a film set and provides instruction for the Actors on how to properly and safely use them.
Average Annual Salary: $60,000
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
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
Assistant Production Accountant
Alternate Titles: Second Assistant Production Accountant
Job Description: Whereas the Production Accountant takes care of macro-level financials and overall budgets for a production, Assistant Production Accountants take care of micro-level financials such as paying bills and dealing with petty cash accounts.
Salary: $70,000 to $78,000
Digital Imaging Technician
Alternate Titles: DIT
Job Description: The Digital Imaging Technician is responsible for wrangling all data on set and duplicating it for safety. They’re responsible for ensuring all footage is available and intact for the Editor.
Average Annual Salary: $40,000+
Alternate Titles: Digital Imaging Technician
Job Description: During production, DITs, or Digital Imaging Technicians, work with DPs to ensure quality images are produced and handle on-set color correction.
Salary: $60,000 to $150,000 or union day rate $250 to $500 (per Local 600)