Vancouver Film School: Production, Animation, Game Design, Acting and more

Career Paths - Film Production

The Film Production program grants students the skills they need to excel in all areas of the film industry. The jobs and/or fields we specifically train for are detailed below.

Assistant Director

The AD acts as a liaison between the director and the rest of the crew, ensuring that the production stays on schedule. There can be up to four ADs (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and AD-in-training), but, if there is only one, the AD is often in charge of developing the entire production schedule.


With in-depth knowledge of the filmmaking process, a producer is responsible for leading and maintaining a team throughout the entire production pipeline, from concept to production to premiere. They secure funding, oversee key creative contributors, aid in the casting process, and pre-arrange distribution.


Cinematography defines a range of positions, all of which are related to camera operation. A camera operator is in charge of running a single camera, while a director of photography (DOP) is in charge of an entire unit of camera operators and knows how to light a scene to match the mood, set up the cameras to match the director's vision, and to take advantage of a set's visual elements.

Location Sound

Location sound is the term used to describe the sound recorded "on the day" when shooting. A location sound team records all sounds present on-set and attempts to reduce the impact of background noisemakers. There are a range of positions on a regular sound team, including location sound mixer, boom operator, sound assistant, and playback operator.

Art Director

The person who designs and supervises the construction of all sets, scenery, visual elements, and oversees the painting and dressing of the sets. The art director also works with the set designer and construction team (or swing gang) to build artificial sets that suit the artistic and technical needs of the production.

Post Production

Post production is the last stage of film production in which footage is assembled into a complete film. A post production team regularly includes the editor, who links the film's raw footage together, and the post supervisor, who coordinates the post-production tasks and manages the efforts of external production facilities.


The director is responsible for the look, sound, and emotional feel of a film. He or she assembles a creative team to facilitate the film's vision. A director leads the actors, consults with department heads, and designs a shooting style in partnership with the director of photography.

Writer / Script Developer

The person responsible for the required research and the writing of the story. The writer can also be commissioned to write treatments, synopses, character bios, log lines, and production journals. The writer is often the genesis of the entire project.

Independent Filmmaker

Independent filmmakers are self-sufficient entrepreneurs who passionately create films outside of the traditional studio system. They often perform multiple roles, from directing and editing to lighting and craft services. There are no rules for the independent filmmaker, which makes success all the more enjoyable.