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costume designer

February 23, 2012

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Responsible for creating or matching clothes to create costumes.

costume

February 23, 2012

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Clothes that characters wear. They can do all or some of the following: inform about the character’s general position, age, character etc. or current mood, position etc. create a new world or depict an existing one differentiate characters promote goods Particular costumes are either created or chosen (form ready clothes) by the costume designer.

trainer

February 23, 2012

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Makes animals on set perform needed actions.

modeler

February 23, 2012

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Responsible for developing 3D objects in computer graphic software.

best boy

February 22, 2012

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The right hand to the Key Grip or the Gaffer (depending whether in the grip or electrical department).

mixer

February 10, 2012

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A piece of sound equipment used for preliminary adjustments of tracts as they are being recorded OR Crew member who operates the mixer (piece of equipment)

greens supervisor

February 5, 2012

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See: greensman

greensmaster

February 5, 2012

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See: greensman

greensman

February 5, 2012

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A set dresser specialised in arrangement or landscape design of plants (real, artificial or combination of both) If a production requires more people working with plant, they usually form a hierarchy: greensmaster, greens supervisor, foreperson, leading hand, laborers

on-set dresser

February 5, 2012

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See: set dresser

set dresser

February 5, 2012

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On-set dresser is responsible for adding and removing the set dressing (e.g. furniture, carpets, gadgets, lamps, hangers) and remains with the shooting crew. Other set dressers are part of the swing gang, have similar duties, but work mostly before and after the shoot.

swing gang

February 5, 2012

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See: set crew

set crew

February 5, 2012

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One or more person responsible for making last-minute changes on set (e.g. construction works, moving large or heavy elements, furniture).

lead man

February 5, 2012

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Foreman of the set crew. Assists the set decorator.

buyer

February 5, 2012

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Locates and purchases or rents the set dressing.

set decorator

February 5, 2012

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Decorates the film set – from furniture to all other details seen on screen.

set designer

February 5, 2012

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Often an architect (or other draftsman) that realises (builds) interiors and structures asked for by the production designer.

illustrator

February 4, 2012

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Draws set designs to communicate the ideas of the production designer to other crew members.

production designer

February 4, 2012

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Responsible for creating the visual appearance of the film (by physical means, as opposed to the cinematographer). Oversees costumes, make-up, settings etc. Works closely with the cinematographer and the director in order to achieve the visual mood of the film. Also called: creative director

legal counsellor

February 4, 2012

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Negotiates contracts with talent, takes care of rights clearance, co-operates in negotiating financing contracts (subventions, tax credits etc.) and other legal paperwork that might be needed (e.g. immigration).

dialogue editor

February 4, 2012

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Responsible for gathering, synchronising and editing of all dialogue in a film or a TV production. Uses tracks recorded on set or other recordings.

dialect coach

February 4, 2012

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Trains an actor who needs to learn a regional or foreign accent to perform convincingly.

location scout

February 4, 2012

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Researcher in the locations department. Looks for locations, visits them, documents them (photos).

location manager

February 4, 2012

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Manages all staff of the locations department. Usually reports directly to the production manager and the 1st AD. He or she is responsible for final clearing each location needed for a film; co-operates with the production staff in order to consult and accept location fees.

second assistant director

February 4, 2012

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The assistant of the 1st AD. Responsible for preparation of call sheets.

first assistant director

February 4, 2012

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Assists both to the director and the production manager. He or she is supposed to create and keep and environment in which key talent and production stuff can focus on their work – therefore he or she helps to conduct the production process according to schedule. 1st AD is also often responsible for directing background […]

stunt coordinator

February 4, 2012

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Arranges casting and the work of stunt doubles and cooperates with the director and production staff on planning stunts.

d-girl

February 4, 2012

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See: development girl

development girl

February 4, 2012

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Responsible for reading scripts and writing spript coverage for superiors: the creative executive and the development executive.

development executive

February 4, 2012

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Executive (usually above the creative executive) who reads scripts and looks for source material for future films.

dance double

February 4, 2012

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A type of stunt double that replaces actors in difficult or dangerous dance scenes.

creative executive

February 4, 2012

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A studio executive who reads scripts in order to find material for new movies.

below the line

February 4, 2012

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All people who don’t officially have creative influence over the film (as opposed to above the line). You can read more on this (and list of below the line people) on Wikipedia.  

script supervisor

February 4, 2012

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Responsible for keeping track of the shooting – what has been shot, what changes were made etc. The script supervisor keeps track of every shot, prop and all details. Often he or she takes photographs of the set in order to be able to reconstruct or details. All this is aimed at keeping the continuity […]

production coordinator

February 4, 2012

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Responsible for organisation of all logistics – acquiring equipment, booking talent, hiring crew etc.

accountant

February 4, 2012

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Manages the budget, controls costs, makes sure that people get paid. Accounting in film is well-known for using many creative techniques. This phenomenon is called Hollywood accounting or Hollywood bookkeeping. We’ll right more soon. Right know you can find some information here: Hollywood Accounting on Wikipedia

unit production manager

February 4, 2012

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See: unit manager

unit manager

February 4, 2012

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The production manager of a secondary (or tertiary) shooting unit.

line producer

February 4, 2012

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A line producer is the key manager during the daily operations of a motion picture production. Positioned between the producer (or studio) and the production manager. The line producer does not have direct influence on the creative side of a film project, yet he or she is supposed to support the director. The line producer […]

stand-in

January 30, 2012

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A person that replaces an actor in the process of preparations – when lights are set etc. This can be a very long and tiring process. The aim of hiring this person is making life easier for the actor, but the stand-in NEVER replaces the actor on film. In order for the preparations with a […]

body double

January 30, 2012

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A person hired to replace certain parts of the body (or whole body) of the actor if the actors does not want to expose him- or herself. Also if the body part must bear some special features that the actor’s body doesn’t have. (e.g. body in sex scenes, details like hands – often used in […]

stunt double

January 30, 2012

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A person (stunt) physically similar to the actor who replaces the actor in dangerous scenes (car accidents, falling out of windows, fights etc.).

assistant art director

January 30, 2012

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The assistant to the art director.

sound imitator

January 26, 2012

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A person whose work is imitating sounds – e.g. for film or TV production. The person uses his own voice as well as numerous instruments and unusual objects that help him or her obtain certain sounds.

literary supervisor

January 25, 2012

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The supervisor of script development. May be a regular employee of the production company or a funding institution, or a person hired just for one project. In some cases (state funding) may be required for young writers.

loader

January 25, 2012

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The person working on set, responsible for loading the camera with tape (only for tape cameras).

cast

January 24, 2012

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All people acting in a film. (including voices)

casting director

January 24, 2012

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Person responsible for finding the right actors (cast) for a film or program. The casting director usually has good knowledge of the market, knows actors and their skills, has a database and remains in contact with actors’ agencies. He or she suggests actors and invites them for casting in cooperation with the director. It is […]

boom operator/boom man

January 24, 2012

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Sound department worker who operates the microphone boom.

cinematographer/director of photography (DoP, DP)

January 24, 2012

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The person responsible for filming, photography, cinematography. The cinematographer doesn’t have to shoot the film himself. The cinematographer cooperates with camera operators. However it is the cinematographer that has the biggest influence on the visual side of the film. He or she coordinates all lighting. The cinematographer is a key partner for the director.