Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts (NOC 5226)

About this job

This occupational group includes a range of technical, coordinating and supervisory workers who coordinate and perform specific activities for television, radio and motion picture productions, news broadcasts, theatre and stage productions, and other live or recorded productions.

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Special effects makeup artist


People in this group:

  • work for television and radio stations and networks, recording studios, motion picture and video production companies, concert promoters and theatre, stage and dance companies
  • should have good interpersonal skills
  • should have the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • should be technically and mechanically inclined and have strong organizational skills
  • should also be creative and able to follow detailed instructions
Common job titles
  • co-ordinator, broadcasting
  • co-ordinator, optical effects
  • co-ordinator, production
  • planner, program - radio / music
  • production co-ordinator - video games
  • production co-ordinator - visual effects
  • co-ordinator, broadcasting
  • co-ordinator, optical effects
  • co-ordinator, production
  • co-ordinator, stunt
  • costumer - costume maker / supervisor
  • director, exterior shooting / floor dir.

Duties

Floor managers:

  • coordinate camera operators and other technical staff, and cue announcers, actors and performers during news broadcasts and television program tapings

Key grips:

  • supervise grips, gaffers and stagehands who rig, place, move and dismantle lights, sets, backdrops, scenery and other stage equipment

Gaffers and lighting technicians:

  • set up, operate and make repairs to lights and other electrical equipment in studios and on sets and stages

Stunt co-ordinators and special effects technicians:

  • design and coordinate special effects such as fires, explosions and crashes

Makeup artists:

  • apply cosmetic and special effects makeup on actors and other performers.

Costumiers:

  • study scripts to determine the necessary costumes and oversee the acquisition, fitting and maintenance of costumes

Settings shop foremen:

  • help prepare the construction specifications for sets

Property masters:

  • identify and list the necessary props and place them during rehearsals and performances

Work environment

Workers in this group may be required to work irregular hours, including overnight shifts. Since work in this industry is often project-based, workers may experience periods of unemployment.

Working conditions for other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts vary depending on the specific occupation. Work may be in movie or broadcast studios, in theatres or on location. Workers may be required to travel to various locations, depending on the project.

Employees may work closely with performers and backstage crews. Some positions involve moving heavy equipment, dismantling sets and climbing scaffolds in studios and theatres.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Depending on the size of the production or broadcasting studio, there may be an overlap in duties among occupations in this group.

With appropriate education and experience, workers in other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures may progress to senior or supervisory positions.

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