The Different Roles in a Digital Filmmaking Team for Kids

By Nick Willoughby

Part of Digital Filmmaking For Kids For Dummies Cheat Sheet

There are so many different roles in filmmaking. You can see this when you watch the credits at the end of a mainstream film: The credits seem to go on for ages at the end of a film as they thank all the people involved, from the actors to the costume designers.

Here some of the main roles in making a film:

Writer The person who writes the story and script for filming. The
writer is really involved at the start of the filmmaking process,
but occasionally he or she can be invited to be on set when
filming
Executive producer The person who provides the money and support to make the film.
Films cost a lot of money, so without executive producers, many
films wouldn’t be made.
Producer The person responsible for organizing the production and
filming from start to finish. Some of the duties of a Producer
include working with writers, director and cast to prepare the
script ready for shooting, organizing and managing the film crew,
planning and scheduling the shoot, reviewing the edits with the
director and organizing the distribution of the final film.
Production manager The person who works with the executive producer to organize
the people needed to make the film.
Director Directors work with the actors and crew during filming to tell
the story and to get the best result for the audience. They also
help to refine the story and script before filming and review the
edits during post production.
Assistant director The person who works with the director to organize the crew and
actors and to make sure everything is running smoothly during
filming.
Director of photography The person who works with the camera and lighting crew to make
the shots look great. They also work with the director to decide on
what types of shots to use. Sometimes the Director of Photography
can be the camera operator on smaller productions.
Location scout The person who decides on the locations to use for each scene
before filming. They spend a lot of time travelling around looking
at potential locations for films.
Casting director The person who auditions the actors to play the characters in
the film. They have to sit through a lot of auditions to make sure
that the person they choose for a role in a film is the right
one.
Camera operator The camera operator is responsible for filming and setting up
the camera shots for each scene.
Boom operator/sound mixer The person responsible for holding the microphone and recording
sound on set. The boom operator also monitors the sound during
filming to check for volume levels and any sound issues or
background noises.
Gaffer Gaffers work with the director of photography or camera
operator to set up lighting for each scene.
Key grip Key grips are responsible for much of the equipment used in
filming, including tripods, dollies, cranes, lighting, and so
on.
Props master The person responsible for finding props needed for each scene.
Some props need to be designed and built for a scene and others can
be bought.
Makeup and hair The person responsible for actors’ makeup and hair on the
set. Often simple makeup is needed to stop shine on the face from
the lights, but sometimes more complicated makeup is needed to
create an effect.
Costume designer The person responsible for the clothes worn by actors on set.
The costume designer will have to obtain clothes based on the
character played by the actor and sometimes will have to create
costumes for a character.
Actors These are the people who play the characters in the film. They
take advice from the directors to bring the character to life using
the dialogue written in the script.
Editor Editors are responsible for placing the footage together in the
editing tool to tell the story. They often work to make sure the
director is happy with the final result.
Craft service This is the department responsible for providing food and
drinks for the cast and crew. This is an import role as this can
easily be forgotten when organizing a film shoot.