Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts (NOC 5227)

About this job

People in this occupation play a support role in the production of motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts.

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People in these careers work for:

  • television and radio stations
  • television and radio networks
  • recording studios
  • motion picture and video production companies
  • theatre and stage companies

This occupational group includes projectionists who work for IMAX or automated cinemas and drive-in theatres.

Common job titles
  • assistant, AV (audiovisual)
  • assistant, costume / wardrobe / wig
  • assistant, lighting / production / script
  • assistant, recording - recording studio
  • best boy
  • boom microphone operator / boom grip


Camera crane operators:

  • set up, assemble, adjust, maintain and replace reels and projector equipment
  • detect and repair mechanical and electrical problems
  • change and install an electronic control panel using automated equipment

Motion picture projectionists:

  • check the condition of the copy
  • set up and load film reels on movie and drive-in theatre projection systems
  • adjust focus, sound levels and other projector and theatre settings
  • maintain projection equipment

Props persons and set builders:

  • assemble, repair, place, build and oversee props

Script assistants:

  • distribute scripts to actors
  • keep detailed notes of all actions, positions and camera angles
  • photograph and date scenes

Grips and riggers:

  • rig, place, move and dismantle sets, backdrops, scenery and other stage equipment


  • clean, maintain, transport and store costumes
  • help performers to dress in costumes

Production assistants:

  • provide support to the director and producer
  • are responsible for various aspects of production such as preparing schedules
  • set up equipment
  • make travel arrangements to various shooting locations.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place both indoors and outdoors in varied weather conditions
  • Workers may be exposed to electrical circuitry, high tension wires, transformers or other equipment that could be a source electrical shock.
  • Workers may use equipment, machinery or power tools that could be a source of injury.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to related technical occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting or the performing arts is possible with additional training or experience.

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

Additional resources