- Acting Services
- Art Department
- Casting Extras
- Make-up, Hair, & Wardrobe
- Other Set Production Services
- Post Production
- Principle Casting
- Production Office/Administration
- Set Decoration
- Set Lighting
- Special Effects
- Visual/Digital Effects & Animation
Accounting Clerk is an entry level position. Clerks mainly post entries and help with filing.
First Assistant Production Accountant
A First Assistant Production Accountant assists the Head Production Accountant, handling all petty cash, posting and cost reports. He/she assists with invoices and creditor payments.
First, Second, and Second Second Accountants
First, Second, and Second Second Accountants all work to assist the Head Production Accountant.
Payroll Accountant works specifically with payroll companies, entering in all necessary financial data to get people paid. These accountants must be aware of contractual obligations with the film unions and guilds as well as federal and local requirements. On larger productions Payroll Accountants may hire Payroll Clerks to assist them.
Production Accountant/Head Accountant
The Production Accountant (Head Accountant) is responsible for all accounting aspects for the production. He/she sets up bank accounts, accounting systems and pays all bills. The Head Production Accountant will meet often with the Line Producer
Definition: Acting Coaches assist Actors much like a sports coach would support an athlete, particularly for specialized roles. It may be per the Actor’s request, depending on their contract.
Assistants to Actor(s)
Definition: Assistants to Actor(s) may be employed by the Actor(s) to take care of daily personal tasks while on a production and may travel from film to film with that person if requested.
Definition: A Choreographer may be hired to create any dance or movement for the project and to instruct the Actors how to perform it.
Art Department Coordinator (ADC)
Art Department Coordinator (ADC) handles the coordination of the art departments and requires extensive organizational and administrative skills. The ADC is the communication liaison for the Art Director and all the art department Heads. Duties may also include researching, scheduling deliveries/pick-ups and assisting with the logistics of rentals.
The Art Director is right under the Production Designer and assists the art department with all administrative work. He/she collaborates with the Set Designer and is the liaison with all the above mentioned departments. The Art Director assists in overseeing the artists and crew building the sets.
Story Board Artist
Definition: The Camera Operator works directly with the DP and runs the actual operation of the camera during shooting and certifies that correct technical requirements are met. They require having experience in First and Second Assistant Camera positions.
Director of Photography
First Assistant Camera Person(1st Ac or Focus puller)
Second Assistant Camera Person (2nd AC or Camera Loader)
Extras Casting Director
Assistant Directors (First and Second)
Definition: The Assistant Directors prepare the breakdown of extras, stunts, vehicles, special effects and multi-camera days. The 1st AD assists the Director with production details, including coordinating and supervising cast and crew activities. He/she also prepares the daily schedules for Actors/Talent and determines cast/crew call times. The Second Assistant Director (2nd AD) is tasked with assisting the First Assistant Director in all of their duties. ). Per the 1st AD, the 2nd AD directs background action and supervises crowd control while managing the actors on the set. Together the Assistant Directors arrange rehearsal and still photos sessions. This position also assists the 1st AD in preparing the breakdown of Extras, stunts, vehicles, effects and multi-camera days.
First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director
Second Second Assistant Director
Set Production Assistants
Best Boy Grip / BB Rigging Grip
Definition: The Best Boy Grip and BB Rigging Grip are in charge of grip department after the Keys/Chiefs. Like most second positions, they are responsible for timesheets, ordering and tracking equipment. They also hire the Grips and Rigging Grips. These hires may be scheduled as “day players” which means they only work as extra help on certain days as required by shooting schedule. Grips and Rigging Grips are responsible for the movement of all grip equipment including the rigging of lighting pipes.
Position: Assistant Location Manager/ Location Assistants
Definition: The Assistant Location Manager and their Location Assistants aide the Location Manager with his/her duties. The number hired varies per the budget and the number of locations needed for the project. They are responsible for protecting all rented property from damage by the company; setting up and tearing down any resources rented for location (i.e. tents, heaters, air conditioning); cleaning up locations on completion of shooting; disposing of trash (along with Craft Service Assistants; creating and setting up road signs to direct crew to location and also removing signs upon completion of shooting.
Location Production Assistants
Assistant Hair Stylist
Assistant Make-up Artist
Extra Assistant Make-up Artists
Extra Hair Assistant
Key Hair Stylist
Key Make-up Artist
Key Set Costumer/Key Costumer
Special Effects Make-up Artist:
Set Medic/Off-Set Medic
Senior Editor/Assistant Editors
Position: Casting Director
Definition: The Casting Director recruits Principal Actors during pre-production and remains a liaison between the Director, Actors and their Agents once the parts have been cast. They are responsible for auditioning additional Actors; however the final selections are determined by the Director. Then the Producer negotiates salaries. Then the Casting Directors will prepare the cast deal memos for those selected. The Casting Director, Unit Production Manager and the Production Office Coordinator will sort out applications for permits to employ minors. They will also work with the film guilds to meet contractual obligations. This may include submitting Taft/Hartley reports (for non-guild members.) They will also issue work calls so the Actors know what day and time to report to the set. Casting Directors will often have a Casting Associate to assist them with most of the daily work involved. Casting Assistant is an entry-level position and has similar responsibilities as a Production Assistant.
Definition: The Associate Producer usually assists the Producer in a specific area which may include pre-screening personnel, scouting locations, and acting as a liaison with the production. This position is comparative to an executive assistant in the business world.
Supervising Producer/ Coordinating Producer
Unit Production Manager
Assistant Production Office Coordinator
Definition: An Assistant Production Office Coordinator (APOC) is responsible for all general office work including disseminating pertinent information like script revisions and shooting schedules.
Office Production Assistants
Production Officer Coordinator
Set Dressers/Swing Gang
Best Boy Electric
Definition: The Best Boy Electric is the right-hand of the Gaffer in all areas. He/she is responsible for department timesheets as well as ordering, tracking and shipping equipment. The Best Boy Electric is responsible for hiring department crew and scheduling day-players (additional help) as needed.
Definition: The Boom Operator is tasked with operating the “boom” which is a long pole with a directional microphone that must be held above the Actors. The boom cannot fall into the picture frame or cast a shadow. It is very physically demanding as a boom must be held high overhead for long time periods.
Utility Sound Person
Special Effects Coordinator
Special Effects Foreman
Special Effects Technicians
Production Van Drivers
Definition: A Colorist is an image artist that specifies in altercating or correcting projects, going through frame by frame to ensure color and light continuity. The Colorist may also tweak colors to stylistically heighten them for a required special effect per the Director.
Definition: A Compositor layers images (typically digitally, via a computer, as opposed to using optical or physical techniques) to create the illusion that all these elements are parts of the same scene or a new single image. This may include rendering three-dimensional images, built by a Modeler via specialized software, into filmed material (see CGI) or extracting elements from a blue/green screen shot or adding titles or a sound composite.