Definitions of Motion Picture Support Services The following terms are used to describe motion picture support services:
Producer: The person at the top. A producer is responsible for overseeing a film project for a movie studio, including all aspects of production from casting to budgeting. They might even help finance the film using their own money.
Director: Hired by the producer, the director is the visionary of the project who must be able to translate what he reads on the screenplay into a visual masterpiece. In very large budget movies, there will also be assistant directors who help out the director by being in charge of secondary shots.
Wardrobe: Refers to the costuming department, who is in charge of ensuring all actors and actresses are appropriately dressed for their role. The size of this department varies widely, but period films as well as fantasy and sci-fi movies usually have a sizable wardrobe ensemble.
Crew: All the people you never see in a film, the crew are the ones responsible for putting together great shots. They work together to light scenes, record audio and operate cameras.
Post-Production: The department that includes the time consuming process of editing and special effects. Many films created today, from family-friendly animated cartoons to the latest summer blockbuster rely on special effects generated in a computer lab and then edited into the final film product.
Distributor: The one who is responsible for seeing that the movie gets distributed into as many cinemas as possible. Most large film studios already have deals set up with distributors who work for theaters, but independent films need to find their own. It is the job of a producer to handle distribution if there is no assigned distributor.