Cinema– every time one hears the word, a spectrum of emotions grazes across a series of images in one’s mind. Whether it is the elder’s ‘watched the movie in a tent for a few paisa’ story or the millennial’s ‘our third date was to that film’ story, the word cinema has matured into a feeling and has embedded several sweet and bitter memories in its admirers’ minds.
While the word Cinemayields such a diverse imagery based on Individual experiences, the words ‘The Cinema World’ does something else altogether. To a layman who has only looked at the industry from an outsider’s perspective, led by the information received from first-hand human experiences to analysis found in media andweb, the Cinema World seems more like a flash of blinding lights with colourful outfits, bright make up, sweet speeches and beautiful people.
Now, no one said this isn’t true but the glamor hardly constitutes of 10% of theFilm Industry, the rest 90% work and continue to live in a less colourful world. May it be a short ad film or a big budget long-length movie, the video production team consists of many talented individuals who work together towards sculpting the perfect finished product.
Here are the seven professions of the Film Industry that deserve more recognition and appreciation
- Art Directors
An Art Director oversees the entire Art Department operations including set designing, property acquisition, and production designing to ensure the aesthetic value of the set, the appropriateness of the properties and other objects appearing in the frame, and other art related requirements for the film.
Beautiful Frames come out of the beautiful sets they design.
- Assistant Directors
Nope, they do a lot more than run around with a small writing pad in hand and bring the director coffee. Unfortunately, this is how Assistant Directors (AD) are showcased in most films. In reality, an AD is just as important as a Director, if not more. Sure, an AD doesn’t get much involved in directing the film, unless necessary, but an AD requires the same amount of awareness and quickness as a Director. An AD is responsible for the overall smooth functioning of all the three stages of production. Along with contacting and coordinating with the crew and talent during pre-production, managing the production scheduling and smooth on-going while production, and assisting with call sheet for post-production, an AD takes on many responsibilities as per the requirement of the film.
- Body Doubles
Most of us have come across pictures of celebrities with their Stunt doubles or Body doubles. Known popularly for taking the place of actors during scenes that involve nudity or physical strength, the Body Doubles are the brave hearts who undertake the riskiest shots to help the film achieve the desired result. Body Doubles usually undergo extreme amounts of training to prepare for a particular role and have excellent skill sets. It is very disappointing to say that Stunt or Body Doubles are one of the least appreciated faces of the Industry.
- Foley Artist
If you are active on Social media, you have probably come across one of those videos that show how a Foley Artist creates the appropriate sounds required for a movie with the use of bizarre objects including fruits and vegetables. Yes, that’s exactly what they do. If the sounds in a horror movie scared the living daylights out of you, a Foley Artist is to be credited for that magic. Foley Artists understand the necessities of the film and finds creative ways to create the required incidental sounds.
- Lighting Directors
Directors and Cinematographers are often credited for the beautiful frames that appear in Films. Lighting Directors work with the two to perfectly design the amount of light entering the frame. With the help of technical knowledge and expertise, they acquire and set up the right equipment and attain the necessary result. From an InstagramVlogger to an Oscar Winner, everyone is aware of the aesthetic value that the correct amount and colour of light can add, and Lighting Directors can’t be credited enough for adding this value.
- Production Illustrator
Production Illustrator or a Storyboard Artist is indubitably one of the least heard-of professions in the Film Word. A Production Illustrator designs/ draws the storyboard which consists of various on-point sketches of each frame or shot in the film. Storyboards are the first visual representation of the screenplay envisioned by the team and hence, play a huge role in deciding the fate of the Film or the video. More than full-length live-shot films, Storyboard artists are very important in producing animation based films and videos. The artists are also sometimes responsible for any Drawing based requirements for the film.
- Production Managers
Believe it or not, Production Managers are one of the most important members of a Film Team. Without a Production Manager’s quick wit, alert senses and spontaneous decisions, no movie runs smoothly. A Production Manager is responsible for gathering, securing and maintaining the crew, equipment, cast for the shoot, and takes care of the team’s accommodation, travel, food and other practical necessities. Production houses usually have in-house Production Managers who work under Senior Producers to ensure smooth video production.
Along with these professions, there are various other careers in the Industry that hardly get any mention in the space outside its field. Irrespective of what the positions are and how much responsibility each of them carry, a great filmor agreat videocan only be every made by a great team that understands that everyone in a Film set is just as important as the other.