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Key Film Roles

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The Key Film Roles in the film industry.

The Key Film Roles in the film industry.


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  • 1. By Farida Pashi
  • 2.  Creates the conditions for making the film. The Producer initiates, coordinates, supervises, and controls matters such as raising funding, hiring key personnel, and arranging for distributors. The producer is involved throughout all phases of the film making process from development to completion of a project. An example is Jerry Bruckheimer who directed the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
  • 3.  Responsible for overseeing the creative aspects of a film, including controlling the content and flow of the films plot, directing the performances of Actors, organizing and selecting the locations in which the film will be shot, and managing technical details such as the positioning of cameras, the use of lighting, and the timing and content of the films soundtrack. Though the director wields a great deal of power, they are ultimately subordinate to the films Producer or Producers. Some Directors, especially more established ones, take on many of the roles of a Producer, and the distinction between the two roles is sometimes blurred. An example is Tim Burton who directed the corpse bride.
  • 4.  The chief of the camera and lighting crew of the film. They makes decisions on lighting and framing of scenes in conjunction with the films director. Typically, the Director tells them how they want a shot to look, and they choose the correct aperture, filter, and lighting to achieve the desired effect as per the Directors requirements. An example is Adrian Biddle who was a cinematographer for movies such as The Mummy and V for Vendetta.
  • 5.  Assembles the various shots into a coherent film, with the help of the Director. There are usually several Assistant Editors. An example of an editor is Chris Dickens who edited the movie Slumdog Millionaire.
  • 6.  Sound Designer - in charge of the post-production sound of a movie. Sometimes this may involve great creative license, and other times it may simply mean working with the Director and Editor to balance the sound to their liking. An example is Ben Burtt who did the sound design for movies such as Indiana Jones and Star Wars.
  • 7.  Production Designer - responsible for creating the physical, visual appearance of the film - settings, costumes, character makeup, all taken as a unit. The Production Designer works closely with the Director and the Cinematographer to achieve the look of the film. An example of a production designer is Sir Ken Adam who did the production design for the James Bond movies made in the 60s and 70s.
  • 8.  Costume Designer - responsible for all the clothing and costumes worn by all the actors that appear on screen. They are also responsible for designing, planning, and organizing the construction of the garments down to the fabric, colors, and sizes. The Costume Designer works closely with the Director to understand and interpret "character", and counsels with the Production Designer to achieve an overall tone of the film. In large productions, the Costume Designer will usually have one or more Assistant Costume Designers. An example is Alexandra Bryne who did the costume designing for the movie Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
  • 9.  Actors - is a person who acts in a dramatic production and who works in film, television, theatre, or radio in that capacity. An example is Leonardo Di Caprio who is one of the worlds highest paid actors and has starred in movies such as Titanic and Inception.