Camera Person• Camera person usually follows a camera script, which gives the order of shots. This is practised at rehearsal and is cued by the director during recording.• Skills lies in interpreting what the director wants and acting quickly and effectively to achieve it.• Working as part of a team of camera operators filming live events, such as sporting and ceremonial occasions and music performances.• On location, where there is likely to be more opportunity for creativity through suggesting shots to the director.
Lighting Person• Liaising with the director and/or other staff to interpret their creative vision into the lighting design.• Managing the lighting budget and advising on the purchase/hire of suitable equipment.• Visiting and assessing locations for technical purposes.• Conducting risk assessments for health and safety purposes.• Establishing lighting requirements.• Plotting the lighting.• Working as part of a large crew, especially on feature films.• Deciding on the lighting crew numbers and equipment needed and then employing the crew and hiring the equipment;• Coordinating the equipment and the technical crew and training other crew members as required.
Lighting Person• Assembling all the lighting and filter equipment needed.• Ensuring all lighting equipment is in working order and organising any necessary scaffolding and cranes.• Pre-rigging the lighting and ensuring all cables and wires are safely concealed.• Loading automated colour change systems.• programming and operating lighting consoles.• supervising the focusing of lighting at rehearsals.• operating and maintaining equipment during the shoot.• changing lighting between shots, as necessary.• de-rigging all equipment at the end of the broadcast or production and ensuring it is safely transported away from the location and/or stored.• reviewing footage shots with the director.
Locations• assessing scripts or story boards and scheduling them according to location.• meeting with the director and designer to discuss projects and working to their creative vision.• collating ideas and undertaking research using resources such as the internet, specialist location libraries, local and regional film commissions and agencies.• visiting and photographing locations appropriate to budget in order to assess suitability.• making preliminary enquiries regarding access, parking and location use.• liaising with the director to discuss and show ideas and photographs.• collating practical information on potential locations, such as hotels for accommodating the crew and cast, and, in the case of photography shoots, often booking the hotel and making travel arrangements.• liaising with key members of the production team to assess visual and technical specifications.
Locations• researching locations thoroughly to ensure no disruptive noises or events are likely to occur during the shoot.• negotiating access and drawing up a contract with location owners.• organising permissions for access, for example, with local authorities and the police.• scheduling crew arrival dates and times and keeping all parties informed on site.• ensuring the technical specifications for equipment, power sources and crew accommodation on site are met.• ensuring compliance with health and safety and security requirements and undertaking risk assessments.• distributing maps, directions, parking plans and all relevant support information to all services and crew.• arranging schedules for the day with the assistant director to ensure continuity.• managing the location on the day and resolving practical or people-related problems as they arise.• supervising location support staff throughout the process.• dealing with members of the public who may intrude upon a shooting location.• ensuring the final clearing up (the wrap) runs smoothly and thanking site owners.
Director• programming and budgeting.• working with writers through workshops or script development schemes.• adapting a script and, if the play is newly written, working with the writer or collaborating with playwrights.• breaking down a script, analysing and exploring the content and conducting relevant research.• translating and interpreting a script or musical score.• conducting auditions for productions, selecting and hiring designers, musicians, etc.• managing time and organising people and space.• attending production meetings with set designers.• conducting rehearsals.• communicating and liaising with all parties involved, including actors, the creative team, the production team and producers.• attending preview performances and preparing detailed notes for the cast and creative and production teams.• helping to publicise the production by giving interviews and leading discussions.
Producer• raising funding.• reading, researching and assessing ideas and finished scripts.• commissioning writers or securing the rights to novels, plays or screenplays.• building and developing a network of contacts.• liaising and discussing projects with financial backers - projects vary from a small, corporate video costing £500 to a Hollywood feature film at more than £100million.• using computer software packages for screenwriting, budgeting and scheduling.• hiring key staff, including a director and a crew to shoot films or videos.• controlling the budget and allocating resources.• pulling together all the strands of creative and practical talent involved in the project to create a team.• maintaining contemporary technical skills.• organising shooting schedules - dependent on the type of producer and availability of support staff.• supervising the progress of the project from production to post production.• holding regular meetings with the director to discuss characters and scenes.• acting as a sounding board for the director.• bringing the finished production in on budget.
Writer• selecting subject matter based on personal or public interest, or commissioned by a publisher or agent.• developing the technical skills of writing and maintaining originality.• using literary skills to develop themes and storylines, while making characters and plots believable.• working to tight deadlines, especially for theatre, screen and radio.• undertaking research, including plot-lines, places, themes and characters.• verifying the factual content of written work.• conducting interviews with people either face to face, over the telephone or by email.• submitting material for publication in the required and expected format.• rewriting and adapting material (and sometimes the work of others) for alternative formats, e.g. adapting novels for stage or producing a web-based e-book‘.• maintaining an active interest in the specific genre (such as novels, film, TV, radio).
Writer• exercising self-discipline and time management to organise writing in conjunction with developing financial management/self- employment skills.• encouraging and acting upon critical feedback in the most appropriate manner.• being prepared to rewrite and revise work (often several times) following feedback.• liaising with publishers, agents, script editors, producers and directors.• finding, pursuing and maintaining knowledge of publication opportunities.• attending courses and participating in workshops to improve and build upon writing skills.• appearing at public readings and book signings.
Cast/Actors• job seeking and networking.• liaising with an agent.• preparing for and attending auditions.• learning lines and rehearsing.• researching or undertaking activities to help prepare for a part.• discussing interpretation and delivery with other members of the company and the director.• performing for a live audience.• performing in a studio or on location for film, television, internet and radio broadcast.• doing voice-overs for advertisements or recording audiobooks.• managing the performance area, costumes and props.• undertaking activities associated with touring, such as driving a van, ‘get-ins’ and ‘get-outs’ at theatres (i.e. setting up and dismantling the performance area).• liaising with venue managers and accommodation providers.• keeping records for company managers.• working as a walk-on or extra for television or film.
Art Department• Formulate basic layout design or presentation approach, and specify material details, such as style and size of type, photographs, graphics, animation, video and sound.• Review and approve proofs of printed copy and art and copy materials developed by staff members.• Manage own accounts and projects, working within budget and scheduling requirements.• Confer with creative, art, copy-writing, or production department heads to discuss client requirements and presentation concepts, and to coordinate creative activities.• Present final layouts to clients for approval.• Confer with clients to determine objectives, budget, background information, and presentation approaches, styles, and techniques.