National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011


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5131 - Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations

This unit group includes producers, directors, choreographers and others who oversee and control the technical and artistic aspects of film, television, radio, dance and theatre productions. They are employed by film production companies, radio and television stations, broadcast departments, advertising companies, sound recording studios, record production companies and dance companies. They may also be self-employed.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • artistic director - motion picture
    • choreographer
    • cyber-choreographer
    • director - motion picture
    • director of photography
    • film editor
    • filmmaker
    • multimedia audio producer
    • producer - performing arts
    • producer-director
    • radio producer
    • record producer
    • stage director - performing arts
    • technical director - broadcasting
    • television producer

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts (0512)
    • Photographers, graphic arts technicians and technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts (522)
  • Main duties

    The following is a summary of the main duties for some occupations in this unit 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-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.
    • 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 co-ordinate 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 co-ordinate 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
      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
      Extensive training with a dance company are usually required.

    Record producers

    • A university degree or college diploma in music or the recording arts
      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
      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.

  • Additional information

    • Membership in a related guild or union may be required.
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