Movie studios are places where workers come together to bring stories to life on the big screen. Movie studios have various departments and teams, such as writers, directors, producers, actors, and technicians, who work collaboratively to make films. They handle everything from developing scripts, casting actors, and designing sets, to shooting scenes, editing the final product, and marketing films to the public.
Each movie studio is different, but they do tend to have some things in common:
- Lots of collaboration – movies are only made with the effort of lots of different people working together.
- A high-tech environment – filmmaking and post-processing technology is always advancing, and you’ll get access to the latest and greatest.
- Working closely with people – face-to-face interaction and effective communication are still important parts of the movie industry.
Provide entertainment through film
The main outcome of a movie studio is to write, produce, and shoot films to entertain the public.
- Write scripts and develop story ideas
- Direct actors and guide performances
- Manage production logistics and schedules
- Design sets, costumes, and props
- Shoot and capture scenes on camera
- Edit footage and refine the final product
- Coordinate post-production tasks (e.g. sound and visual effects)
- Market and promote films to reach audiences
- Collaborate with various departments and professionals
You can find movie studios in the arts and recreation services industry
Movie studios are generally found in the arts and recreation services industry. There are a few different kinds of movie studios including major studios, independent studios, animation studios, and genre-specific studios.
You can expect flexible hours and on-site work
Flexible hours | Work on-site | Jobs more common in metro areas | Strong job growth
Movie studios often operate on extended hours to accommodate various aspects of production (such as scenes that must be filmed at night, etc.). Different departments within the studio might have varying schedules and working hours based on their specific roles and responsibilities.
While some aspects of the work in a movie studio can be done remotely or from home, many tasks require on-site presence and collaboration, particularly during the production phase.
Movie studios are found far more commonly in metropolitan areas, so there may be limited opportunities for work in regional and rural locations.
The Career Clusters you’ll find in a movie studio
People from all Clusters are needed for a movie studio to run successfully, and there are a variety of roles for people in any Cluster. In many roles, you might find yourself performing tasks across multiple Clusters.