Career Paths 2018-05-09T15:55:36+00:00

CAREER PATHS

The SA FILM ACADEMY provides a vital bridge between education and employment for South African citizens aged between 18 and 35, focusing primarily on developing emerging black crew, management, Heads of Department and independent film-makers.

The Film industry offers a diverse range of career-path choices. Everything from direction to production, camera to sound, grips, lighting, VFX, SFX, continuity, make-up, production, unit & transport. If you would like to be a part of this dynamic and exciting industry why not take a look at just some the career paths available to you.

Download an outline of some of the career paths and the diverse occupational, life and entrepreneurial skills they require.

PRODUCER
PRODUCER’S ASSISTANT
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER’S ASSISTANT
CO-PRODUCER
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

DIRECTOR
PA TO THE DIRECTOR
AD DEPARTMENT
KEY 1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
KEY 2ND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
2ND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
3RD ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
SET PRODUCTION ASSISTANT (PA)
PRODUCTION RUNNER

LINE PRODUCER
UNIT PRODUCTION MANAGER
PRODUCTION MANAGER
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
ASSISTANT PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION COORDINATOR
ASSISTANT TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION COORDINATOR
PRODUCTION SECRETARY
RECEPTIONIST
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT (PA)
SCRIPT SUPERVISOR/ CONTINUITY
SCRIPT SUPERVISOR/ CONTINUITY ASSISTANT

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
A CAMERA OPERATOR
B CAMERA OPERATOR
A CAMERA 1ST AC/ FOCUS PULLER
B CAMERA 1ST AC/ FOCUS PULLER
A CAMERA 2ND AC/ CLAPPER LOADER
B CAMERA 2ND AC/ CLAPPER LOADER
CAMERA ASSISTANT
DIT
DIT ASSISTANT
VT
VT ASSISTANT

GRIP
ASSISTANT GRIP

GAFFER
CHIEF ELECTRICIAN
SUPERVISING OR CHIEF LIGHTING TECHNICIAN
BEST BOY CHIEF LIGHTING TECHNICIAN
ASSISTANT CHIEF LIGHTING OPERATOR
ASSISTANT CHIEF LIGHTING ELECTRICIAN

SOUND RECORDING ON SET
PRODUCTION SOUND MIXER OR LOCATION SOUND RECORDIST
BOOM OPERATOR
SOUND ASSISTANT
CABLE MAN
FOLEY ARTIST & EDITOR
FOLEY ARTIST
FOLEY EDITOR

PRODUCTION DESIGNER
SUPERVISING ART DIRECTOR
ART DIRECTOR
ART DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR
ILLUSTRATOR / STORYBOARD ARTIST
DRAUGHTSPERSON
ART DEPARTMENT RUNNER/ PA

MAKE-UP ARTIST
CHIEF HAIRDRESSER

WARDROBE SUPERVISOR
STANDBY WARDROBE OR WARDROBE ASSISTANT OR STANDBY COSTUME

PROPS MASTER

UNIT MANAGER

TRANSPORT COORDINATOR

FILM PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT
FINANCIAL CONTROLLER
FIRST ASSISTANT ACCOUNTANTS
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE
PETTY CASH ACCOUNTANT
UNIT AP ACCOUNTANT
UNIT PAYROLL ACCOUNTANT
INTERNATIONAL/ CAST PAYROLL
EXTRAS PAYROLL