Film Crew Positions And Why All Jobs on a Movie Set Matter

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This article is excerpted from No Film School.  To read the entire article please follow the link at the bottom.

By George Edelman

You’ve heard it takes a village. Well, when it comes to making movies, or any kind of film and video content, it takes more than a village.

It takes a video village!

Sorry that was awful.

The village on a production is a film crew. Sometimes small crews, sometimes massive ones.

Truly a big movie, or a large scale production like Game of Thrones, is the end result of contributions from MANY artists and craftspeople in many departments, all around the world.

This is why the Academy Awards initial decision to present best cinematography, editing, hair and make-up off the air was so insulting to so many in the community. Thankfully they reversed it. The people who do that work deserve as much attention and acclaim as everyone else.

But awards and accolades are hardly an important part of what it takes to bring someone’s vision to life. That’s the hard work of a film crew

Crews vary a great deal in size but usually depend on the same core film crew positions. It’s amazing how many people get through film school without recognizing all of these different roles, and what they contribute to the process.

There is a ton of value in understanding all the jobs on a movie set. These are careers, and unions you can join. These are skills you can learn to make you a better storyteller and filmmaker, and whether you have the budget to hire a full production team or a skeleton crew, you should know what you’ll need and what to expect of each person.

Because there is no faster way to derail a project than the disrespect everyone’s hard work.

Producers might collect the ‘best picture’ statuette, but they aren’t the ones that make sure the movie sounds good, the images are exposed properly, the lead’s hair looks right, and that nobody gets hurt on set. To name just a few critical responsibilities.

Auteur theory is fun for the classroom, but in practice, production is the direct result of a crew’s hard work. 

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