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If you're intrigued by onscreen visual effects, drone piloting, safe weapons handling, and more, there might be a place for you in the Production: Specialty department.
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Armorer showing actress how to shoot a gun


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. Learn More Avg. Salary: $48,646 Salary Range: $12K - $88K Alt Titles: None
Drone pilot flying his drone

Drone Pilot

The job of a Drone Pilot is to capture footage from a unique, bird’s eye perspective. Learn More Avg. Salary: $82,755 Salary Range: $73K-$116K Alt Titles: Drone Operator, Drone Camera Operator
Drone Operator piloting her drone through the sky

Drone Operator

A Drone Operator works to remotely pilot aircraft that gets footage from above a specific location during production. Learn More Avg. Salary: $58,026 Salary Range: $39K - $92K Alt Titles: Drone Pilot
Digital Imaging Technician looking at footage on his laptop

Digital Imaging Technician

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. Learn More Avg. Salary: $700 per day, plus gear Salary Range: $250 - $750 per day, plus gear Alt Titles: DIT
Production Accountant filling out paperwork on his desk

Production Accountant

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. Learn More Avg. Salary: $60,262 Salary Range: $21K - $115K Alt Titles: Accountant
Film catering team members pouring coffee and setting out slices of pie

Film Catering

A Catering (or Craft Services) person provides all food and beverages on set, with the exception of meal times. Learn More Avg. Salary: $48,963 Salary Range: $29K-$56K Alt Titles: Crafty, Craft Services, Entertainment Catering, Caterer
Visual Effects Supervisor looking at a camera on a set with a green screen

Visual Effects Supervisor

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... Learn More Avg. Salary: $140,502 Salary Range: $59K - $225K Alt Titles: On Set VFX Supervisor, VFX Super
Film Lead Chef in his kitchen

Lead Chef

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. Learn More Avg. Salary: $50,000 Salary Range: $25K - $69K Alt Titles: Key Caterer, Catering, Chef Driver, Head Chef
Assistant production accountant crunching numbers at her desk

Assistant Production Accountant

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... Learn More Avg. Salary: $53,748 Salary Range: $38K - $77K Alt Titles: Second Assistant Production Accountant
On set visual effects supervisor with camera crew, actors, and green screen

On Set VFX Supervisor

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. Learn More Avg. Salary: $140,502 Salary Range: $59K - $225K Alt Titles: Studio VFX Supervisor, In-House VFX Supervisor
Key craft services team member serving lunch to film crew from a food truck

Key Craft Services

Key Craft Services provide snacks, coffee and refreshments to crew and cast throughout the day. They also maintain trash on and around set. Learn More Avg. Salary: $1,200 a week Salary Range: $110k to $180k+ Alt Titles: Key Crafty Service, Key Crafty, Key Craft Server
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