Job Descriptions

There are many types of jobs necessary to creating a movie or television show. The following is an elaborate collection of some of the most common roles and titles used on sets in Manitoba.


Currently, IATSE Local 856 covers the following crew categories in Manitoba:

Animal Wrangling – Animal Head Wrangler, Coordinator, Trainer, Large Animal Handler, Small Animal Handler

Art Department – including Production Designer, Art Director, Assistant Art Director, Art Department Coordinator, Clearances, Art Department Assistant, Graphics, Draftsperson, Model Builder, Story Board Artist

Catering – Head Chef, Sous Chef, Assistant Chef/Caterer

Construction – Construction Coordinator, Foreman/Head Carpenter, Scenic Carpenter, Carpenter, Carpenter’s Assistant, Labourer, Scenic Metal Fabricator, Welder

Continuity – Script Supervisor/Continuity

Costume – Costume Designer, Assistant Costume Designer, Costume Coordinator, Set Supervisor, Truck Costumer, Costume Assistant, Costumer

Extras Casting – Extras Casting Director, Extras Casting Assistant

First Aid / Craft Service – Key FACS, First Assistant FACS, Second Assistant FACS, Shopper/Crew

Greens – Head Greens Person, Greens Crew, General Labourer

Grips – Key Grip, Best Boy, Dolly Grip, Grip, Rigging Grip

Hair – Key Hairstylist, First Assistant Stylist, Second Assistant Stylist, Wigs

Lighting – Gaffer, Lighting Designer/Director, Best Boy Electric, Generator Operator, Lighting Crew, Rigging Gaffer, Rigging Electric

Makeup – Special Effects Makeup, Key Makeup Artist, First Assistant Makeup Artist, Second Assistant Makeup Artist

Paint – Key Scenic Artist, Scenic Artist/Scenic Painter, Sign Painter, Painter

Picture Vehicles – Picture Vehicles Coordinator, Assistant Picture Vehicles Coordinator, General Labourer

Props – Property Master, Assistant Property Master, Props Buyer, Firearms Safety Coordinator, Weapons Handler, Props Builder, Props Crew

Security – Security Coordinator, Security Captain, Security Crew/Watchperson

Set Decorating – Set Decorator, Lead Dresser, Set Buyer, On Set Dresser, Draper/Upholsterer, Set Dresser, Set Decorating Crew, General Labourer

Sound – Sound Mixer, Boom Operator, Playback Operator/Second Boom Operator, Sound Assistant/Cableperson, General Labourer

Special Effects (SPFX) – Special Effects Coordinator, First Assistant SPFX, Second Assistant SPFX, Third Assistant SPFX, General Labourer

Transport – Transport Coordinator, Driver Captain, Honeywagon Driver, Special Equipment Driver, Cast Driver, Driver, Unit Mover Driver, General Labourer
For job descriptions of these titles and application procedures, see the IATSE Local 856 website.


Currently, the DGC Manitoba covers the following crew categories in Manitoba:

Accounting – including Production Accountant, First and Second Assistant Production Accountant, Accounting Clerk

Assistant Directing – including First, Second and Third Assistant Directors

Directing – including Director, Second Unit Director

Locations – including Locations Manager, Assistant Locations Manager, Locations Production Assistant

Editing – including Picture Editor, Sound Editor, First Assistant Editor, Second Assistant Editor

Production – including Production Manager, Unit Manager/Assistant Production Manager, Production Coordinator, Assistant Production Coordinator, Office PA, Set Production Assistant, Production Assistant

For job descriptions of these titles, see the DGC National website.
For application procedures, see the DGC Manitoba website.


Currently, IATSE Local 669 covers the following crew categories in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest and Yukon Territories:

Director of Photography
Camera Operator
Steadicam Operator
Aerial Operator
Underwater DOP/OP, Underwater Electronic Camera Op
First Camera Assistant, Second Camera Assistant
Still Photographer
Electronic DOP, Electronic Camera Operator
Video Electronic Playback Coordinator, Operator, Assistant
Computer Playback
Visual Effects/CGI

Special – Remote Head, 360 Imagery, Motion Control, Teleprompter, Digital Imaging Technician
For job descriptions of these titles, see the IATSE Local 669 website.


Currently, the following crew categories are non-unionized in Manitoba:

Casting – including Casting Director, Assistant Casting Director