51120 – Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations

Broad Occupation Category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport


1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major Group

51 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Broad Occupation Category

511 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Broad Occupation Category

5112 – Creative and performing artists

Producers, directors, choreographers and professionals in related occupations oversee and control the technical and artistic aspects of film, television, video game, radio, dance and theatre productions. They are employed by film production companies, radio and television stations, video game companies, broadcast departments, advertising companies, sound recording studios, record production companies and dance companies. They may also be self-employed.

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Example Titles

  • Artistic director - motion picture

  • Choreographer

  • Cyber-choreographer

  • Director - motion picture

  • Director of photography

  • Filmmaker

  • Multimedia audio producer

  • Producer - performing arts

  • Producer-director

  • Radio producer

  • Record producer

  • Stage director - performing arts

  • Technical director - broadcasting

  • Television producer

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Film, radio, television and video game producers

  • Plan, organize and control the various stages and scheduling involved in the production of presentations, motion pictures, television shows and radio programs; engage directors and other production personnel and supervise all technical personnel, and determine the treatment, scope and scheduling of production; maintain production archives, negotiate royalties, and may plan and control the budget pertaining to a particular production.


  • Interpret scripts and direct the mise-en-scène; select and direct the actors, extras and technical crew; advise the cast and crew on the interpretation and delivery of the performance; direct rehearsals, filmings, broadcasts and performances; and confer with crew and specialists throughout production and post-production to achieve desired presentation.


  • Create dances for film, theatre and television performances that convey stories, ideas and moods, and direct rehearsals for dancers to achieve desired interpretation.

Art directors

  • Plan, organize and direct the artistic aspects of motion pictures, video games, stage productions and television shows by overseeing the design of sets, costumes, furnishings and props to create portrayals of period and setting.

Film editors

  • Edit motion picture film and arrange film segments into sequences to achieve continuity and desired dramatic, comedic and thematic effects.

Record producers

  • Plan and coordinate the production of musical recordings, direct musicians and singers during rehearsals and recordings and manage technicians involved in duplicating, dubbing and mastering of recordings.

Directors of photography

  • Coordinate and direct the photography of motion pictures, supervise camera operators and other crews and determine lighting, lenses, camera angles, backgrounds and other elements to achieve desired visual effect.

Employment Requirements

Producers, directors and film editors

  • A university degree or college diploma in the performing arts, broadcasting, journalism, business administration, theatre production or film studies and experience in a technical or production occupation in motion pictures, broadcasting or theatre are usually required.


  • A university degree or college diploma in dance, or a period of study at a school of dance and extensive training with a dance company are usually required.

Record producers

  • A university degree or college diploma in music or the recording arts and experience in a technical or production occupation in the recording arts are usually required.

Directors of photography

  • A university degree or college diploma in film studies or cinematography and experience in camera operation or another technical occupation in video or motion picture production are usually required.

Demonstrated creative ability is required for all occupations in this unit group.