What is a Costume Supervisor?
Costume Supervisors support the Costume Designer. Costume Designers play their role by, designing, creating, buying or hiring all the costumes to be worn by the cast. As a result, it is not often that the Costume Designer has time to be on set. This is where the Costume Supervisor comes in.
During pre-production, Costume Designers go through scripts to identify the characters and the relative pieces of clothing, taking into account the level of emphasis they want to put on a specific character and developing a costume which fits their emotional status. Ordinarily, the Costume Supervisor will assist with and help create a catalogue which details which costume will be required for each scene.
What is a Compositor?
You’ll find Compositors working in animation and post-production. They are the ones with all the technical know-how, who bring the various elements of the production together. Compositors are responsible for creating the final product. They do this by piecing together each layer of previously created material. Previously created materials include live action, visual effects, 2D animation, computer graphics and more. That’s a lot of technical know-how!
What is a Bookings Coordinator?
Bookings Coordinators work primarily in post-production. Supporting the post-production team and often working with the Facilities Manager, Bookings Coordinators are responsible for all job allocations. To be a Bookings Coordinator you will need a can-do attitude, great interpersonal and budgeting skills and of course be fluent in all things organisational.
What is a Clapper Loader?
Clapper Loaders are responsible for loading raw film stock into camera magazines, operating the clapperboard and the upkeep and maintenance of all records/paperwork within the Camera Department.
What is a News Cameraperson?
A Cameraperson is responsible for filming scenes for film, television, commercial and corporate productions. As a cameraperson, you can specialise in many different types of filming, such as news or wildlife. But, in this post, we shall be discussing the skills you need to become a News Cameraperson.
What is a Video Technician?
Video Technicians can work across a variety of productions such as theatre, film, TV, concerts and news conferences. Video Technicians usually work as part of a large team, while the people they work alongside will vary depending on the production; they may work alongside a Video Supervisor, Technical Director, Projection Designers and Video Camera Operators.
What is a Boom Operator?
Boom Operators usually work on a freelance basis and work throughout production. They assist the sound mixer by operating the microphone which is attached to a long pole, in order to capture the best sound quality from the actors or performers. Throughout production they will also work with the sound team assisting in the placing of recording equipment and clip microphones.
What is a Sound Technician
Sound Technicians work either in production or post-production depending on the specialism. During production Sound Technicians work to record sounds across various locations. In post-production Sound Technicians will assist in creating the soundtrack from the various sources.
In this role you will have the opportunity to work across a range of industries including advertising, radio, TV, film and theatre.
What is a Prop Maker?
Prop Makers usually work for film, TV or theatre productions. As a Prop Maker you will be responsible for making a variety of items. This could be anything from replica weapons to trees.
What is a Prop?
A theatrical property, also known as a prop, is an item that belongs to and is used in a production. A prop is a mobile item that can be positioned on stage, or that is used by members of the cast.
What is a Unit Production Manager?
Unit Production Managers work across the production process managing the production’s budget and schedule ensuring that the film makes it from conception to reality.
Budgets make the world go round
Although the role of a Unit Production Manager is largely managerial, people skills are essential for this role. As a Unit Production Manager you will take charge of all budgeting and scheduling issues, both of which are directly impacted by the people working on the production. Conflicts on the production lead to unmotivated staff, unmotivated staff lead to decreased efficiency and mistakes, both of which wreak havoc for the schedule and budget. As a result, Unit Production Managers often act as the mediators between departments, resolving issues and motivating staff.