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

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations oversee and control the technical and artistic aspects of film, television, radio, dance and theatre productions.

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People in these occupations may be self-employed or work for:

  • film production companies
  • radio and television stations
  • broadcast departments
  • advertising companies
  • sound recording studios
  • record production companies
  • dance companies
Common job titles
  • choreographer / cyber-choreographer
  • cinematographer
  • director
  • director - movies, radio, stage, TV, video
  • director - photography, cinematography
  • filmmaker


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


  • 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.


  • 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.

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.