The craft of a screen production can cover everything from the costume and make-up of the cast to the construction of the set itself. Whether your production is a historical period drama or a sci-fi adventure, it's craft jobs like art director, stagehand, set painter, rigger, hair and make-up artist, or props manager that give a film or TV show its unique look. Most people enter these departments as assistants or runners and work their way up by mastering the specialist skills of their craft.
To learn more about what each of these jobs involves and pathways through the departments, click the following link to download the ScreenSkills TV craft and technical career map (PDF).
The production designer and art director create the look and feel of a story, overseeing a team of artists, designers, researchers and runners
Construction and decorating
The construction manager and a team of painters, carpenters, riggers, plasterers, stagehands and artists build and decorate sets
A props master leads this department, which also includes specialist drapesmasters, armourers, and greensmen, most new entrants join as trainees
A costume designer is responsible for finding or creating the character's costumes, with the help of runners, dressers and costume supervisors
Choreographers and dancers are hired by studios or production companies to create routines for films and TV shows, and dancing doubles may be used in filming
Make-up and hair
Expert make-up, hair and prosthetics are vital to creating realistic characters and most hair and make-up artists start as assistants and learn on the job