60 Production Roles for TV and Film Industry Professionals

What are the various production roles for TV and Film industry professionals?


If you're interested in working in the film industry, you might be considering a career in production. Production involves all phases of making a movie or television program, from planning to presenting it to an audience. Production roles may help you discover one that matches your interests, abilities, and professional goals. We look at 41 jobs in film and TV production and outline the various responsibilities and skills.


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Producers are responsible for the overall vision of a project and must have a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of film production. They hire crew, manage budgets, and ensure that a project is completed on time and within budget. Producers also work with distributors to sell their films and TV programs.


Seven production roles


Filming roles are those in which a cast and crew work together to create a film or television show. Here are seven employment possibilities for you if you want to work on a film project's production phase.


  1. Director


A film or television show's director is a cosmetology professional who manages the production from a creative standpoint. Their most common responsibilities include ensuring that each component of the filmmaking process is in sync, instructing actors on properly conveying events, and monitoring editing crews that combine shots during postproduction.


  1. Hairstylist


A hairstylist is a cosmetology professional who cuts and styles their clients' hair. A hairstylist on a film set may have to color and style an actor's hair for a specific role and assist actors in keeping their hair during filming. To guarantee continuity, hairstylists often work with the makeup crew to ensure that hairstyles match between shots.


  1. Makeup artist


A makeup artist is a cosmetology professional who uses cosmetics to improve or change a person's appearance by applying them to their face. A makeup artist may apply stage makeup to an actor's face or body on a film set, retouch an actor's makeup between scenes and utilize makeup to create special effects such as wrinkles or wounds for a character to look older or injured.


  1. Cinematographer


A cinematographer is a video director who records events for motion pictures, advertisements, television shows, and other live performances. Other essential responsibilities of a cinematographer include:


  • Supervising the filming crew.
  • Instructing cast members while filming.
  • Adjusting lighting and camera settings.
  • Working with editing teams to complete projects.


  1. Animator


An animator is a specialist motion artist who creates image sequences to represent animated programs and films. An animator's primary responsibilities include:

  • Drawing original characters.
  • Creating storyboards to present stories.
  • Using computer applications to create 3D animations of their sketches.
  • Communicating with coworkers and customers to verify those project goals are met.


  1. Producer


A producer is a film professional who plans and manages each project phase up to completion. The most significant responsibilities of a producer include:


  • Finding project ideas.
  • Turning concepts into plans.
  • Recruiting personnel.
  • Establishing budgets.
  • Keeping track of the production process.


  1. Actor


An actor is a theatrical artist who performs on stage or in film production, such as a play, movie, show, or another film project. Actors' schedules are generally part-time, so they may work additional jobs to supplement their income. The primary responsibilities of an actor include reading scripts, memorizing lines, rehearsing with the rest of the cast and crew, and performing during shooting.


Six preproduction roles

Preproduction is how a film crew prepares a movie or program for production. Here are six jobs to look into in preproduction:


  1. Production assistant


A production assistant (PA) is a novice film worker who helps with miscellaneous filming tasks. PAs can work in several departments, including set, makeup, costuming, and office. The main functions of a production assistant are usually administrative and maintenance activities such as cleaning up, running errands and maintaining records.


  1. Writer


A writer is a creator of written works who uses words to convey ideas. Writers may produce a variety of texts, including novels, textbooks, and proposals. Scriptwriters in the film industry usually write scripts and screenplays, adapt ideas from other forms of media to create commissioned shows or plays, and work with media companies to produce commissioned shows or sports.


  1. Assistant director


An assistant director (AD) or first assistant director (1st AD) is a supporting role on TV and film sets which helps with production duties. Manage the shooting schedule, develop shot lists, create and distribute film crew call sheets, check scripts to ensure they contain all of the necessary elements, and keep track of progress according to the project timetable are some of the critical tasks of an assistant director.


  1. Art director


 An art director is a film industry professional who decides the visual aspects of an animated or live-action motion picture or program. Their primary responsibilities include studying the script and developing ideas for graphical elements like lighting and color schemes, and organizing set building. They are also in charge of ensuring that the completed project meets their artistic expectations.


  1. Talent acquisition manager


A talent acquisition manager is a recruiter who looks for individuals who may be a good fit for specific jobs. The duties of a talent acquisition manager in the film industry include:

  • Finding actors and crew members for films.
  • Questioning applicants to ensure that they are suitable for the roles.
  • Suggesting cast and crew members to casting managers.
  • Resolving employment issues throughout the project and negotiating contracts.


  1. Casting director


A casting manager is in charge of hiring cast and crew members for roles on a TV or film set. Their significant responsibilities may include:

  • Communicating with talent acquisition managers about people who may be suitable for open spots.
  • Vetting applicants.
  • Holding auditions for potential cast members.
  • Employing actors and camera experts for projects.


Four postproduction roles

A postproduction task you complete after the film's crew has finished filming. Here are four typical postproduction jobs to consider:


  1. Sound engineer


A sound engineer is a specialist in recording and modifying music, effects, and other sounds for a production. Sound engineers in the film industry are often responsible for capturing sound effects, including sound effects in shows and movies, adjusting the volume and pitch of characters' voices to match the scenarios, and working with editors to integrate sound effects and music into the final product.


  1. Audiovisual technician

An audiovisual technician (AV technician) is a technical expert that specializes in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems for audio and visual production. The primary responsibilities of an AV technician include operating microphones and speakers, regulating lighting, utilizing software applications to control AV processes, and setting up, arranging, and troubleshooting AV equipment as needed.


  1. Editor

Editors are responsible for ensuring the high quality of a film's production before release. An editor generally works with other crew members to examine footage, make changes to meet specifications, and confirm completion with each department before finishing the project on a movie set. Film editors may operate in various disciplines, such as cinematography and sound.


  1. Visual designer

A visual designer is a film, television, and commercial graphic designer. A visual designer's primary responsibilities include:


  • Creating pictures and videos for use in film production.
  • Generating visual ideas for a set or props.
  • Assisting in selecting filming locations that match the project's style.
  • Developing promotional materials for the project.


36 more film production roles to consider

If you want to work in the film industry, many more possibilities are available. Here are 24 additional production occupations to research when looking for employment options:


If you want to work in the film industry, many more possibilities are available. Here are 24 additional production occupations to research when looking for employment options:

  1. Costume designer: In charge of designing, creating, and selecting clothing for characters in film or television.
  2. Composer: Writes and creates music for film, video games, and other media.
  3. Set designer: In charge of creating the visual appearance and overall mood of a film's setting/location.
  4. Property master: In charge of all props used on set, making sure they are appropriate and in working order.
  5. Construction Coordinator: Oversees the construction and dismantling of sets.
  6. Location scout: Searches for and evaluates potential film locations.
  7. Location manager: In charge of all aspects of a film shoot taking place at a specific location, including permits, security, and transportation.
  8. Script supervisor: Keeps track of continuity errors in the script and on film.
  9. Camera operator: In charge of the camera and its movements during filming.
  10. First assistant camera: Assists the camera operator in setting up shots and maintaining the camera.
  11. Second assistant camera: Assists the first assistant camera with various tasks, such as keeping the film log and preparing equipment for shots.
  12. Gaffer: In charge of lighting on set.
  13. Key grip: In charge of the camera dolly and other large equipment.
  14. Best boy/grip: Assists the key grip in setting up and maintaining lights and equipment.
  15. Sound mixer: In charge of recording all sound during filming.
  16. Boom operator Operates the boom microphone, keeping it out of frame while still picking up audio.
  17. Dialogue editor Cleans up and enhances recorded dialogue in post-production.
  18. Foley artist: Creates various sound effects to be added in post-production.
  19. Sound effects editor: Creates and edits sound effects in post-production.
  20. Music editor: Selects and edits music for use in film, television, and video games.
  21. Visual effects artist: Creates special effects for film, television, and video games.
  22. Assistant editor: In charge of organizing and managing footage during post-production.
  23. Colorist: Responsible for color correction and color grading in post-production.
  24. Title designer: In charge of creating on-screen text and other graphic elements.
  25. Animation artist: Creates animations and visual effects for film, television, and video games.
  26. Matte painter: Creates backdrop images used in film and television.
  27. Model maker: Creates models and miniatures used in film and television.
  28. Scenic artist: In charge of painting sets and creating other visual elements.
  29. Special effects technician: Sets up and operates special effects equipment on set.
  30. Stunt coordinator: In charge of planning and executing stunts.
  31. Stunt double: Performs stunts in place of the actor.
  32. Music manager: Manages the business aspects of a musician or band's career.
  33. Line producer: In charge of the day-to-day operations of a film or television production.
  34. Unit publicist: In charge of promoting a film or television production.
  35. Distribution manager: In charge of distributing a film or television production.
  36. Executive producer: In charge of the overall production of a film or television project.

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