A Quick Guide to TV and Film Crew Positions

Have you ever watched a behind-the-scenes featurette and wondered what each crew member does on set? In this blog, we’ll break down some of the key TV and film crew positions and explain how they work together to create great content.

The Director 

One of the most important members of any film or TV crew is the director. They are responsible for overseeing the entire production process, from pre-production planning to filming and post-production editing. 

Directors must have excellent creative vision, and strong leadership and communication skills in order to effectively manage their crew, as well as convey their ideas clearly and concisely. The director is also typically responsible for making sure that each scene is filmed within budget constraints. 


The cinematographer (or director of photography) is accountable for capturing images on camera. They work closely with directors, gaffers (lighting technicians) and camera operators to ensure that each shot is properly framed and lit according to the desired effect, including selecting the right lenses for maximum impact. 

After shooting wraps up, a cinematographer will review any footage from dailies (rough, unedited scenes) or rushes (short clips) to decide which shots should be included in the final edit of the project. 

Production Designer  

Production designers are in charge of creating a cohesive look across all aspects of a film or television show’s visual elements. These people work with directors, producers, art directors, costume designers, set decorators, painters, carpenters and many more crew members in order to help bring a story to life on screen. 

In addition, production designers also oversee set construction and manage budgets associated with set design projects. 

The Camera Operator 

The camera operator is responsible for operating cameras during production, or live events such as concerts or sports games. This position includes setting up cameras, adjusting shots, and using various lenses and filters for specific effects. 

Camera operators must have an eye for composition, perspective and movement in relation to actors/objects/environments being filmed as this will influence how viewers interpret what they’re watching – all while ensuring each shot looks its best and that there are no technical glitches.

The Gaffer/Lighting Technician 

The gaffer’s (or lighting technician’s) job is to manage lighting on set, including choosing which lights should be used, setting up light rigs, and managing power sources throughout filming. 

They must understand how different colours, shadows, and brightness levels will affect a scene’s mood or atmosphere, as per direction from the cinematographer or director. Furthermore, gaffers must be able to work quickly and efficiently in order to get shots lit properly before time runs out on the shoot day.      

Reliable and Flexible TV and Film Crew    

As you can see, each person has an important role within their department which contributes towards producing a successful film or television show – something we can all appreciate! 

Here at Silverback, we’ve worked on some of the most popular TV shows and films on screen, including the Jeremy Vine Show, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here, Total Ninja, Skyfall and House of the Dragon – just to name a few! 

So, whether it’s assembling sets or operating cameras, you can trust us to supply your studio with an efficient, resourceful and diligent crew for your next project. 

For all enquiries, please fill out the form here, and be sure to read our latest news article about Silverback’s theatre, film and TV crew services for more information! 

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