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Producers, Directors, Choreographers, and Related Workers

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NOC:5131
Occupation:Producers, Directors, Choreographers, and Related Workers
Category:Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

About the job

Nature of work:

This group includes producers, directors, choreographers and others who 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.

Job duties:
The following is a summary of the main duties for some jobs in this group:
  • Film, radio and television 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 and negotiate royalties.
  • Directors interpret scripts and direct the mise-en-scene; 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.
  • Choreographers 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, 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.
Sample job titles:
  • assistant director
  • choreographer
  • cinematographer
  • director of photography
  • film director
  • film editor
  • film producer
  • filmmaker
  • producer-director
  • record producer
  • video producer
Skills:

To work in these fields, you should be dedicated, motivated, and willing to accept constructive criticism. Talent, creativity, and technical skills are essential. You must be comfortable working with others. Self-discipline and a good business sense are also helpful.

Job 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.
  • Choreographers: 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.
Other considerations:

Many factors can affect an individual's earnings in these jobs. Therefore, incomes will likely vary greatly throughout the year and from one year to the next. Many people find it necessary to work at other jobs to supplement their income. Demonstrated creative ability is required for all jobs in this group. Membership in a related guild or union may be required.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Producers, Directors, Choreographers, and Related Workers most commonly work full-time hours. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 50% of Producers, Directors, Choreographers, and Related Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $49,217. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Producers, Directors, Choreographers, and Related Workers450Moderate growth35Moderate
Minimum: $14.00
Median: $23.52
Maximum: $38.46
Minimum: $3,204
Median: $38,445
Maximum: $91,284
Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport11,000Moderate growth735Moderate
Minimum: $10.81
Median: $16.00
Maximum: $31.00
Minimum: $945
Median: $11,712
Maximum: $60,447
Producers, Directors, Choreographers, and Related WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
Percent employed full-time84%59%
Percent self-employed0%33%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentProducers, Directors, Choreographers, and Related WorkersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern11%x12%$30,581
Northern4%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton5%x13%$32,974
Halifax79%$52,05347%$41,209
Annapolis Valley4%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeProducers, Directors, Choreographers, and Related WorkersCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
15-246%N/A
25-3426%13%
35-4435%44%
45-5415%35%
55-6415%8%
65+6%4%
Median Age4638
GenderProducers, Directors, Choreographers, and Related WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
Female39%56%
Male61%44%
EducationProducers, Directors, Choreographers, and Related WorkersCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolx$4,98610.2%$2,298
High school14.6%$7,29026.2%$7,127
Trades certificatexx3.6%$13,575
College certificate or diploma22.5%$12,38620.3%$20,158
University certificate or diplomaxx1.7%$20,801
Bachelor's degree46.1%$15,14927.5%$19,705
University advanced certificate or diploma6.7%x1.5%$18,274
Master's degreex$24,7488.0%x
Doctorate9.0%x1.0%$30,975
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$11,741
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Dance Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
Tel: (902) 422-1749
Fax: (902) 422-0881
office@dancens.ca
Atlantic Filmmakers' Co-operative
5663 Cornwallis Street, Suite 101
Halifax, NS B3K 1B6
Tel: (902) 405-4474
Theatre Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
Tel: (902) 425-3876
Fax: (902) 422-0881
theatrens@theatrens.ca
Canadian Media Production Association
160 John Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 2E5
Tel: (800) 267-8208
Fax: (416) 304-0499
toronto@cmpa.ca
National Theatre School of Canada
5030 rue Saint-Denis
Montreal, QC H2J 2L8
Tel: (514) 842-7954
Fax: (514) 842-5661
info@ent-nts.ca
Screen Nova Scotia
1496 Lower Water Street, Suite 502
Halifax, NS B3J 1R9
Tel: (902) 229-1499
info@screennovascotia.com

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Broadcast journalism
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the methods and techniques for reporting, producing, and delivering news and news programs via radio, television, and video/film media; and that prepares individuals to be professional broadcast journalists, editors, producers, directors, and managers. These programs include courses in the principles of broadcast technology; broadcast reporting; on- and off-camera and microphone procedures and techniques; program, sound, and video/film editing; program design and production; media law and policy; and professional standards and ethics.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Cinematography and film/video production
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to communicate dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the making and producing of films and videos. These programs include courses in theory of film; film technology and equipment operation; film production; film directing; film editing; cinematographic art; film audio; techniques for making specific types of films and/or videos; the use of computer applications to record or enhance images, audio or effect and the planning and management of film/video operations.
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DaVinci College of Art and Design NS Ltd.
1577 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1Z7
(902) 429-1847
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Drama and dramatics/theatre arts - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the general study of dramatic works and their performance. These programs include courses in major works of dramatic literature, dramatic styles and types, and the principles of organizing and producing full live or filmed productions.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Film/cinema studies
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program in the visual arts that focuses on the study of the history, development, theory, and criticism of the film/video arts, as well as the basic principles of film making and film production.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
(902) 444-9600
admissions@nscad.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Program Name:Intermedia/multimedia
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions in either two or three dimensions, through simultaneous use of a variety of materials and media.
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NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
(902) 444-9600
admissions@nscad.ca
Program Name:Journalism - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the theory and practice of gathering, processing, and delivering news and that prepares individuals to be professional print journalists, news editors, and news managers. These programs include courses in news writing and editing; reporting; photojournalism; layout and graphic design; journalism law and policy; professional standards and ethics; research methods; and journalism history and criticism.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Program Name:Music - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of music and the performing arts. These programs include courses in music, dance, and other performing arts media.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Music management and merchandising
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to organize and manage music organizations, operations, facilities, and personnel. These programs include courses in business and financial management; marketing and fundraising; personnel management and labour relations; event promotion and management; music products merchandising; artist agency and promotion; music law; and applications to specific activities such as managing theatres, recording studios and companies, bands and other ensembles, individual artists, and music organizations.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Program Name:Musicology and ethnomusicology
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the systematic study of the forms and methods of music art, and the functions of music, in Western and non-Western societies and cultures. These programs include courses in music theory, musicological research methods, and studies of specific cultural styles such as jazz, folk music, rock, ethnic musical traditions, and the music of non-Western cultures.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Radio and television
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the theories, methods, and techniques used to plan, produce, and distribute audio and video programs and messages, and that prepares individuals to function as staff, producers, directors, and managers of radio and television shows and media organizations. These programs include courses in media aesthetics; planning, scheduling, and production; writing and editing; performing and directing; personnel and facilities management; marketing and distribution; media regulations, law, and policy; and principles of broadcast technology.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Theatre literature, history and criticism
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the study of the history, literature, theory, and analysis of written plays, theatrical productions, and theatre methods and organization. These programs include courses in historical method; critical theory; literary analysis; the study of themes and archetypes in dramatic literature; the history of acting, directing, and technical theatre; and the study of specific historical and cultural styles and traditions.
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Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Theatre/theatre arts management
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply business management principles to the management of theatres and production corporations. These programs include courses in theatrical production, theatre design and planning, fund-raising and promotion, investment strategies, human resources management, theatre operations management, marketing, public relations, financial management and insurance, and applicable laws and regulations.
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Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
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