6 Film Production Jobs You've Probably Never Heard Of...







1. What is a Pipeline Supervisor?

The Pipeline Supervisor directly manages the technology aspects of the film or show, overseeing the configuration of the production pipeline and enhancing facility wide performance for a given production.

2. What is Legal Counsel?

Although legal counsel is a term more familiar on Law & Order in the film world it is an actual crew position on a production.  Entertainment Lawyers negotiate contracts, clear licensing rights for any intellectual property used in the film, obtain tax credits from local governments, and take care of immigration paperwork when cast and/or crew cross international borders to shoot on location.

3. What is an Illustrator?  

Someone who illustrates things??  Well, kinda.  The Illustrator draws or paints visual representations of the designs to communicate the ideas imagined by the Production Designer.

4. What is a Buyer?

We've heard the job title of a buyer in the fashion industry but in film??  The Buyer works with the Set Decorator. The Buyer locates, and then purchases or rents the set dressing


5. What is a Greensman?

Yea this one got us too...have you ever seen a "Greensman" listed in the film credits?  The Greensman is a specialized Set Dresser dealing with the artistic arrangement or landscape design of plant material, sometimes real and sometimes artificial, and usually a combination of both. Depending on the scope of the greens work in a film, the Greensman may report to the Art Director or may report directly to the Production Designer. If a significant amount of greens work is required in a film, then the Greens may be an identifiable sub-department, with its own team - often of a size numbering double figures - and hierarchy (eg. Greensmaster, Greens Supervisor, Foreperson, Leading Hand, Laborers). Specialists from other areas of the Art Dept. (eg. Fabricators, Sculptors, Painters/Scenics) may also be drafted to work exclusively on Greens.


6. What is an Art Finisher?

What goes up must come down right?  Well that's the job of an Art Finisher.  An Art Finisher, or Breakdown Artist, may be employed during the pre-production setup to break down garments. This specialized job includes making new clothing appear dirty, faded and worn.


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