Video Production Jobs: 5 Career Paths in the Film Industry Explained

When people dream of their future careers in the film industry, many might imagine being a movie star, a famous writer or top-tier director. However, those aren’t the only jobs to be had. Whether you’re making an indie film or working on a big budget commercial, it takes a team of dozens (or more) to realize the final product.

Toronto is a bustling city full of excitement, adventure, and a wide variety of film production jobs. As a result, Toronto’s film industry is brimming with opportunities for you to put your diploma and experience to good use. The industry has all kinds of film jobs available, from special effects videographers to key grips to gaffers to editors to makeup artists and beyond.

We’re going to cover five video production jobs that may surprise you once you read what these film jobs entail and what skills they require.

What Jobs Are There in the Toronto Film Industry?

There are hundreds of Toronto jobs in film that can help you to start or continue your career. Browse these notable positions to see if they’re right for you:

1. Line Producer

A line producer’s role extends to the preproduction and production stages of a video project. They work under the producer, who is in charge of the production and has a say in creative decisions.

The line producer’s job is to manage the physical execution of the production, whether it's branded content or a movie, and make sure everything runs accordingly from start to finish. Their role is extensive, but some of their tasks include:

  • Hiring the departmental heads

  • Scouting locations

  • Tracking and managing the production’s budget

  • Be the point of contact between below-the-line talent and above-the-line talent

  • Create a rough draft of the shooting schedule by reviewing the script

  • Negotiate with equipment vendors and rental agencies

As far as film production jobs go, this one requires applicants to have a lot of experience under their belts. The more you work on sets will eventually help you to land this position. Being a line producer usually requires you to have worked as a production assistant up to production manager.

2. Production Coordinator

The production coordinator handles administrative work for the film production company while managing the production assistants (PAs). The production coordinator follows the directions of the line producer and production manager. The tasks involved for this type of job vary:

  • Calling actors to the set and being their point of contact

  • Organizing the catering

  • Arranging for location and equipment rentals, transportation

  • Tracking schedule changes

  • Delegating tasks to PAs

  • Ordering supplies for the production office

  • Managing phones and emails

  • Publishing call sheets and production reports

  • Collaborating with the production accountant to oversee the payment of bills

The coordinator’s main goal is to ensure the production’s plans are executed right and on time. This job is only required while the production is in progress, so it’s only available on a project-by-project basis.

3. Casting Director

A casting director assists the director in finding the right actors for the production’s roles. They will read the script and meet with various directors and producers to understand the type of people needed for each character.

The casting director must find talent while also keeping in mind the producers and directors’ demands, although the casting director is sometimes not given much direction. They must also keep in mind the actors’ availability, fees, and general interest their involvement in the production will create. They regularly attend various types of entertainment to find talent. Additionally, they organize rehearsals and negotiate with actors and their agents.

4. Camera Operator

The camera operator takes direction from both the director of photography (DP) and the director of the production. The camera operator may work in tandem with the first and second assistant camera, as well as a Steadicam operator, to ensure the scenes are captured according to the DP and director’s plans.

Depending on the production needs, the camera operator will use different pieces of technical equipment, from single portable cameras to remote-controlled cameras to mobile mountings. While you may think they only operate some sort of camera for their job, there are more tasks involved, such as:

  • Memorizing and following camera scripts

  • Attending rehearsals

  • Assisting in the planning and preparation of scenes

  • Being alert and responding quickly to directions

  • Collaborating with the lighting and technical staff

  • Framing scenes in a creative way

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