Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations (NOC 5131)

About this job

This unit group includes producers, directors, choreographers and others who oversee and control the technical and artistic aspects of film, television, radio, dance and theatre productions.

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Source: WorkBC’s Career Trek

People in these occupations:

  • work for film production companies, radio and television stations, broadcast departments, advertising companies, sound recording studios, record production companies and dance companies
  • may also be self-employed
Common job titles
  • choreographer / cyber-choreographer
  • cinematographer
  • director
  • VFX project manager
  • video game art director
  • video game producer
  • choreographer / cyber-choreographer
  • cinematographer
  • director
  • director - movies, radio, stage, TV, video
  • director - photography, cinematography
  • filmmaker

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$61,525

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Film, radio and television and video game producers:

  • plan, organize and control the various stages and scheduling involved in the production of presentations, motion pictures, television shows and radio programs
  • engage directors and other production personnel and supervise all technical personnel,
  • determine the treatment, scope and scheduling of production
  • maintain production archives and negotiate royalties

Directors:

  • interpret scripts and direct the mise-en-scène (set design)
  • select and direct the actors, extras and technical crew
  • advise the cast and crew on the interpretation and delivery of the performance
  • direct rehearsals, filming, broadcasts and performances
  • speak with crew and specialists throughout production and post-production to complete desired presentation.

Choreographers:

  • create dances for film, theatre and television performances that express stories, ideas and moods
  • direct rehearsals for dancers so they deliver desired interpretation

Art directors:

  • plan, organize and direct the artistic aspects of motion pictures, stage productions and television shows by overseeing the design of sets, costumes, furnishings and props to create portrayals of period and setting

Film editors:

  • edit motion picture film and arrange film segments into sequences to achieve continuity and desired dramatic, comedic and thematic effects

Record producers:

  • plan and coordinate the production of musical recordings
  • direct musicians and singers during rehearsals and recordings
  • manage technicians involved in duplicating, dubbing and mastering of recordings

Directors of photography:

  • coordinate and direct the photography of motion pictures
  • supervise camera operators and other crew
  • set up lighting, lenses, camera angles, backgrounds and other elements to create desired visual effect

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work often takes place in an indoor studio setting, but also takes place outdoors in varied weather conditions.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

Producers, directors and film editors:

  • A university degree or college diploma in the performing arts, broadcasting, journalism, business administration, theatre production or film studies
  • Experience in a technical or production occupation in motion pictures, broadcasting or theatre are usually required

Choreographers:

  • A university degree or college diploma in dance, or a period of study at a school of dance
  • Extensive training with a dance company are usually required

Record producers:

  • A university degree or college diploma in music or the recording arts
  • Experience in a technical or production occupation in the recording arts are usually required

Directors of photography:

  • A university degree or college diploma in film studies or cinematography
  • Experience in camera operation or another technical occupation in video or motion picture production are usually required

Demonstrated creative ability is required for all occupations in this group. Membership in a related guild or union may also be required.

Skills

  • Directive
  • Social
  • Spatial Perception
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • Innovative
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Broadcasting Related
  • Film/Video Related

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
20
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
3,300
Average annual employment growth:
3.5%
Expected number of job openings:
2,230
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
50
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
280
Average annual employment growth:
0.8%
Expected number of job openings:
100

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Membership in a related guild or union may be required.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.