Film crew jobs part 3: jobs in a movie set for the production stage

If you want to know which filmmaking production jobs are in a movie set, this is your blog.

Overall, making a film is a complex and collaborative process that requires the skills and expertise of many different people working together towards a common goal. Behind every film you watch, there is a lot of hard work and devotion. There are also many people giving their time and expertise to the project to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

So, in this series of blog posts, we will be describing the majority of the roles inside a film crew. As well as which stage of the film production these people belong to. We have already described which are the jobs for the development and the pre-production stage of a movie, as well as for the.

Now the film has determined all that needs to be done. Although some of the people involved in this process were present in previous stages, new people responsible for the principal photography of the film come in.

Roles in the production stage

Assistant Director

assistant director job in a film

Assistant directors may have different titles depending on their specific roles and responsibilities, such as first assistant director (1st AD) or second assistant director (2nd AD). They may also be responsible for coordinating with other departments, such as costume, makeup, and special effects, to ensure that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Specific responsibilities of an assistant director may include:

  • Assisting the director in developing and communicating the creative vision for the film.
  • Collaborating with the producer to manage the budget and schedule for the film.
  • Managing the cast and crew, including scheduling rehearsals and filming.
  • Organizing and maintaining production documents, such as the call sheet and shot list.
  • Coordinating logistics for the film, including transportation, catering, and accommodations.
  • Overseeing safety on the set.
  • Managing extras and stand-ins.

Script Supervisor

A script supervisor, also known as a continuity supervisor, is a member of a film crew who is responsible for maintaining continuity in the script and on the set during filming. The script supervisor is responsible for: 

  • Monitoring the script and keeping track of any changes or deviations from the original script.
  • Keeping track of the scene and shot numbers and making sure they are consistent throughout the production.
  • Making sure that the actors’ performances and movements are consistent from shot to shot and take to take.
  • Keeping track of the continuity of the physical elements in each scene, such as the position of props and the placement of actors.
  • Collaborating with the director and other crew members to ensure that the production stays on schedule.
  • Creating and maintaining a shot log, which is a detailed record of all the shots that have been filmed and any changes that have been made.

Sound Designer

The sound designer is responsible for creating and implementing the sound effects, dialogue, and music that will be used in the production. They may work with a team of sound editors, foley artists, and other audio professionals to bring their designs to life. In addition they contribute to recording and mixing the audio, as well as for integrating the audio with the visuals during post-production.


A gaffer is the chief lighting technician on a film or television production. The gaffer is responsible for designing and implementing the lighting plan for the production, including selecting and setting up the lighting equipment and fixtures, and ensuring that they are properly powered and maintained. They may also be responsible for adjusting the lighting during filming to achieve the desired look and feel.


A grip is a member of a film crew whose main responsibility is to support the camera and lighting departments. Grips work on the set of a film or television production to help set up and maintain equipment, such as tripods, dollies, and cranes, and to move lighting and camera rigs into position. They also help to position and secure sets, props, and other elements in the scene. In addition to these tasks, grips may also be responsible for maintaining and repairing equipment, setting up and operating special effects, and assisting the director and other crew members as needed.

  1. Dolly Grip: a member of a film crew responsible for operating the dolly, which is a mobile platform used to support and move the camera and camera operator during filming. The dolly grip sets up and operates the dolly and tracks, positioning the camera and camera operator to get the desired shot. They may also be responsible for maintaining and repairing the dolly and its equipment, as well as assisting the director and other crew members as needed.

Hair and Makeup Artist

Responsible for designing and creating the hairstyles and makeup looks for the actors in a production. The hair and makeup artist works closely with the director and other crew members to create looks that accurately reflect the characters, period, and location of the film or television show.

Art Director

An art director is a member of a film or television production crew who is responsible for designing and overseeing the visual look and feel of the production. 

  • Designing and building sets, selecting and acquiring props, and creating or selecting costumes.
  • Overseeing the construction, painting, and decorating of sets.
  • Collaborating with the director of photography to plan the lighting and camera angles for each scene.
  • Supervising a team of designers, set dressers, and other crew members.

Set Decorator

set manager in a movie

Responsible for designing and creating the overall look and feel of the sets in production. 

  • Selecting and acquiring furniture, props, and other set dressing elements.
  • Arranging and styling the sets, such as including placing furniture and adding small details to create a cohesive environment.
  • Managing the set decoration budget and ensuring that all elements are on time and within budget.
  • Making any necessary adjustments to the sets based on feedback from the director and other crew members.


Role of a video production company in a movie set

Video production companies like us, Impress, are a business specialised in creating video content for a variety of clients. On the one hand, clients can be small businesses requiring small clips for their social media advert. On the other hand, clients can also be massive and complex films.

As a production company, we may have a variety of roles in a movie set. But depending on the production’s specific needs, these services can be things like:

  1. Equipment rental: hired to provide equipment such as cameras, lighting, and sound recording gear for a film shoot.
  2. Crew hire: hired to provide crew members with expertise in specific areas, such as camera operation, lighting, or sound recording.
  3. Production support: in case the production team needs additional support. For example in tasks like scouting locations, securing permits, and handling logistical tasks.
  4. Production services: the last reason why films can hire video production companies can be to assist in production services. This includes everything from script development and casting to post-production and distribution.


So now that you know the filmmaking production jobs, you can continue learning about all the positions by reading our next blogs. In these blogs, we explain what filmmaking production and post-production jobs are. We hope you have found this blog interesting, and thank you for taking the time to read it,



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