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53111 – Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators

Assistants and operators in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts perform duties related to these fields. They are employed by television and radio stations and networks, recording studios, motion picture and video production companies and by theatre and stage companies.


Example titles

  • Boom grip
  • Camera crane operator
  • Dresser - motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  • Lighting assistant
  • Production assistant
  • Prompter
  • Props person
  • Script assistant
  • Set builder
  • Special effects assistant
  • Spotlight operator
  • Stagehand
  • Motion picture projectionist
  • Projectionist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
    Camera crane operators
    • Set up, assemble, adjust, maintain and replace reels and projector equipment; detect and repair mechanical and electrical problems; and change and install an electronic control panel using automated equipment.
    Motion picture projectionists
    • Check the condition of the copy; set up and load film reels on movie theatre projection systems, adjust focus, sound levels and other projector and theatre settings; and maintain projection equipment.
    Props persons and set builders
    • Assemble, repair, place, build and oversee props.
    Script assistants
    • Distribute scripts to actors; keep detailed notes of all actions, positions and camera angles; and photograph and date scenes.
    Grips and riggers
    • Rig, place, move and dismantle sets, backdrops, scenery and other stage equipment.
    • Clean, maintain, transport and store costumes, and assist performers to dress in costumes.
    Production assistants
    • Provide support to the director and producer, and are responsible for various aspects of production such as preparing schedules, setting up equipment, and making travel arrangements to various shooting locations.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Most occupations in this unit group require completion of college courses in broadcasting, theatre arts or a related field or a period of on-the-job training.
  • Certification for projectionists is available, but voluntary, in New Brunswick. In Quebec, projectionists are regulated under operators of electrical machines, cinema equipment.
  • Projectionists are required to be licensed by their province of employment.

Additional information

  • Progression to related technical occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting or the performing arts is possible with additional training or experience.
  • There may be an overlap in duties among occupations in this unit group, depending on the size of the production or broadcasting studio.


  • Audio and video recording technicians (52113)
  • Film and video camera operators (52110)
  • Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts (52119)
  • Broadcast technicians (52112)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training
Major group
53 – Occupations in art, culture and sport
Sub-major group
531 – Occupations in art and culture
Minor group
5311 – Photographers and support occupations in arts and culture
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