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Unit Production Manager

The role of a unit production manager is similar to that of a line producer, in that the UPM is hired by the producer during preproduction to oversee the budget and scheduling of a film or television show through the end of principal photography.

Bunim/Murray Productions

Producers Jonathan Murray and Mary-Ellis Bunim formed Bunim/Murray Productions in 1987. The credit (or blame) for “inventing reality TV” is often laid at their door, and it’s true that Bunim/Murray is a pioneer and still an innovator in the reality genre. In recent years, a feature film unit (BMP Films) and a music management arm (M-Music) have been added to the original mission.

Production Sound Mixer

Since The Jazz Singer first combined a synchronized instrumental score, spoken dialogue, and sound effects in 1927, audio has been an essential creative component to film and television production. Can you imagine Star Wars or Saving Private Ryan without sound? Behind all of the music, noise, and laughter that enhances the images on screen is the production sound mixer. 

Production Assistant

A job as a production assistant is the unofficial training program of the film and television industry. If you do not live next door to one of the Weinstein brothers and are in no way related to Steven Spielberg or Ron Howard, then nabbing a gig as a PA is the best way to break into film and TV.

Line Producer

Expenditures on every film or television production are divided in two segments: above the line and below the line. Above the line refers to writers, producers, directors, and actors (including extras). Below the line refers to everything else: that is, crew, sets, equipment rental, insurance, and so on. In the middle of that division is the line producer—the line.

Casting Associate

A studio or production company hires a casting director to find and audition actors for every role in a television or film production—from extras to leading characters. To handle the massive task of casting dozens and even hundreds of roles, the casting director will employ one or more assistants, or associates.

Script Supervisor

A lack of continuity in a film or TV episode can be incredibly distracting to the audience. If you have a keen eye, you may notice certain inconsistencies. For example, in Dark Knight the banner on the building that is the scene of Batman and Joker’s final standoff first reads “DAVIS,” then in a later shot has changed to “BOVIS.” Some mistakes are more obvious, like when an actor is wearing glasses in one shot and then the glasses mysteriously disappear in the next. These flubs happen because separate takes of a scene may be shot and re-shot days or weeks apart.

Casting Director

Good casting is often the make-or-break ingredient between a box-office flop and a ratings hit. To put together that magic blend of actors and actresses, studios rely on the services of a casting director. Though big names like Angelina Jolie and George Clooney rarely have to go through the extensive casting process that unknowns endure, casting directors are responsible for casting every role from the lead to “Girl on Train” or a herd of extras.