Movie Development Careers in the Film Industry
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Female Cinematographer examines her shotAn actress in front of the cameraA writer works in a coffee shopFilm Producer works with teamA woman and a man edit a film in the studioPeople on an action film set

Movie Development Careers

For many aspiring filmmakers, movie development careers are the dream. Here's where you can discover how to become a Director, Producer, or Screenwriter.
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Director

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. Learn More Avg. Salary: $1,000,000 Salary Range: $400K-$12M Alt Titles: None
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Producer

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. Learn More Avg. Salary: $750,000 per film Salary Range: $250K-$10M Alt Titles: None
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Screenwriter

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. Learn More Avg. Salary: $850,000 per film Salary Range: $64K-$5M Alt Titles: Script Writer, Screenplay Writer, Writer
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Showrunner

Showrunners are in charge of the writing and execution of a television series. They run the Writers’ room, guide Directors and creative crew, and collaborate with the studio/network to deliver their... Learn More Avg. Salary: $100K to $300K an episode Salary Range: $30K an episode to $20M a year Alt Titles: None
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Associate Producer

The Associate Producer (often abbreviated to AP) assists in putting a production together. This nuts and bolts position may include writing, editing, organizing and assisting a wide variety of crew... Learn More Avg. Salary: $68,304 Salary Range: $40K-$105K Alt Titles: AP
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TV Producer

Television Producers oversee the production of narrative half-hour, hour-long, reality, and streaming television productions. Learn More Avg. Salary: $76,690 Salary Range: $35K-$115K Alt Titles: Producer, Executive Producer, Associate Producer, Television Producer
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2nd Assistant Director

2nd Assistant Directors assist the Assistant Director to ensure a set is running smoothly. This may include tracking progress on schedule, creating call sheets, working with Extras, and generally... Learn More Avg. Salary: $84,900 Salary Range: $64K-$121K Alt Titles: 2nd AD, Second AD
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Co-producer

A Co-producer coordinates the different production departments and logistical needs of the production team. Learn More Avg. Salary: $148,381 Salary Range: $114K-$174K Alt Titles: Co-producer in Production (specific to a production)
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Script Analyst

A Script Analyst evaluates all forms of media to determine viability for television and film production. Learn More Avg. Salary: $143,356 Salary Range: $135K-$150K Alt Titles: Story Analyst, Script Reader
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Script Reader

Script Readers provide script coverage for scripts being considered for production, agency representation, or film contest awards. Learn More Avg. Salary: Salary Range: $1,544 to $1,857 a week Alt Titles: Script Consultant, Script Coverage Services, Script Analyst
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