agent
/ˈeɪdʒənt/
noun
a company or person that represents another person or company or manages their affairs
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1Agents have traits.
2Agents have behaviors.
3Over the next few years, agents found more massive tunnels.
4Reducing agent.
5Often, agents turned traitor for reasons of greed, ideology or revenge.
art director
/ˈɑːɹt dɚɹˈɛktɚ/
noun
someone who is in charge of the artistic features, such as props and costumes of a movie or play
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1an art director it's awesome.
2I'm the art director.
3And the art director works under them as sort of the business end of that.
4I'm the art director here at Blizzard Entertainment on Hearthstone.
5Art directors interpret their employer’s or a client’s vision to create the visual style of print publications, movie, and television productions.
artistic director
/ɑːɹtˈɪstɪk dɚɹˈɛktɚ/
noun
the individual who is responsible for the general policy of a theater company and decides which plays should be performed
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1And the artistic director was very nice.
2I am the artistic director at the American Reparatory Theater.
3I was the Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
4You're the artistic director of the improv troupe Scared Scriptless?
5Our artistic director is here somewhere.
cameraman
/ˈkæmɝəmən/
noun
a professional whose job is to operate a motion picture or television camera
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1You're promoted official cameramen.
2Pray for the cameramen.
3Get the cameraman.
4You see the cameramen?
5The cameraman was very arty.
camerawoman
/kˈæmɹəwˌʊmən/
noun
a woman who operates a motion picture or television camera
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1So, with the NutriBullet, there is, as my camerawoman is explaining, there's a max line on the cup here
2Or we coUld paint our lovely, friendly camerawoman.
3(camerawoman laughing) -
playwright
/ˈpɫeɪˌɹaɪt/
noun
someone who writes plays for the TV, radio, or theater
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1She's a playwright.
2AUGUST WILSON, Playwright: I am.
3I'm a Black American playwright.
4Be the playwright and the director of your life.
5She was a playwright.
producer
/pɹəˈdusɝ/
noun
a person who deals with supervisory tasks or financial affairs in making a motion picture, play, etc.
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1Producer: Give it?
2Producer: Does it?
3Camera people know, producers.
4Producers make the business and financial decisions for a production.
5But producers had good reason for their choice.
publicist
/ˈpəbɫɪsɪst/
noun
a person whose job is to make a new actor, product, etc. known to the public
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1She's my publicist, so.
2You should blame the publicist.
3That was your publicist.
4We got publicists and all this.
5In 2009, Disney publicists tied balloons to the roof of Edith's house as promotion for the movie Up.
screenwriter
/ˈskɹinˌɹaɪtɝ/
noun
a person whose job is to write screenplays for movies, TV series, etc.
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1Later screenwriter Christopher Vogler would simplify these 17 stages down to 12.
2I am a screenwriter.
3Screenwriters expend a lot of time and effort to craft perfect scripts.
4And since then, the screenwriter has actually walked back his comments.
5Here's conflict in a sentence from today's program: "Often, the screenwriter creates a story with conflict."
stagehand
/ˈsteɪdʒˌhænd/
noun
a stage worker who deals with moving props or scenery in a theatrical performance
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1So they rallied up a group of stagehands to watch their show and laugh at their gags and punchlines.
2I work in Houston, Texas as a stagehand.
3Yeah, my husband is a stagehand on Broadway shows.
4And he's been building this career ever since as a stagehand.
5Now, that theater machine has ability to move between a whole series of configurations at the push of a button and a few stagehands in a short amount of time.
stage manager
/stˈeɪdʒ mˈænɪdʒɚ/
noun
a person who is in charge of the practical arrangements, such as lights, scenery, etc. during a theatrical production
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1Dad was the stage manager of London's equivalent to the Apollo, um, place called the Hackney Empire.
2As stage manager, she has made sure I and our guests are in the right place at the right time.
3A stage manager over at the Disney Resort, who works very hard and long hours and is often away from her son.
4After two rehearsals she was fired by the stage manager.
5There's Maytay, stage manager extraordinaire.
story editor
/stˈoːɹi ˈɛdɪɾɚ/
noun
a person whose job is to make changes to the content or form of a screenplay, or to help in the process of changing it
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1According to G.I Joe story editor Buzz Dixon, the syndication market was saturated in the mid-80s, with more shows than there were time slots available.
2Not only was his health on the downturn, but he didn't care for how the show's style was evolving under the guidance of newly appointed producer Innes Lloyd and story editor Gerry Davis.
3And he said that it was like, it was like an established thing, where if you had been a TV writer, and you got to a story editor level, you bought a house.
4And being right now, I'm a level above that level, it's like, I absolutely cannot buy a house off of what I make as an executive story editor on the show.
5So you start out making maybe $3,000 to $5,000 a week, depending who you are, who your agent is, and once you get to be a producer or a Story Editor, Executive Story Editor, it goes up to $7, $8, 9,000.
usher
/ˈəʃɝ/
noun
someone whose job is to show people their seats in a court, cinema, etc.
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1Ushering a new standard for the smartphone.
2Who's Usher?
3The foal is ushered to safety.
4Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers typically do not have formal education requirements.
5- Usher got me-- -
usherette
/ˌʌʃɚɹˈɛt/
noun
a woman whose job is to show people their seats in a court, cinema, etc.

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wardrobe master
/wˈɔːɹdɹoʊb mˈæstɚ/
noun
a man whose job is to manage the costumes of the actors in a theatrical performance or company

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wardrobe mistress
/wˈɔːɹdɹoʊb mˈɪstɹəs/
noun
a man whose job is to manage the costumes of the actors in a theatrical performance or company

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costumier
/kˈɔstəmɪɚ/
noun
a person or company that designs special costumes for the theater or parties, or supplies costumes to theater companies

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debutant
/dˈɛbjuːtənt/
noun
a man who is making a public appearance for the first time, especially in movies or sports
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1I talk about being a debutant.
debutante
/ˈdɛbjəˈtɑnt/
noun
a woman who is making a public appearance for the first time, especially in movies or sports
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1That was for my debutante ball though, not for school.
2There can be male debutantes.
3They're called debutantes, had a ball and everything.
4It's like a shy debutante.
5It's like a shy debutante.
director
/daɪˈɹɛktɝ/, /dɝˈɛktɝ/, /diˈɹɛktɝ/, /dɪˈɹɛktɝ/
noun
a person in charge of a movie or play who gives instructions to the actors and staff
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1Movies are usually labeled as the work of the actors or director.
2Director: Begin the test.
3Casting directors.
4Directors also oversee the visual aspects of website and video game development.
5Directors make the creative decisions.
dramatist
/ˈdɹɑmətɪst/
noun
someone who writes plays for the TV, radio, or theater
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1Her story has inspired poets, dramatists, and artists for more than 2,000 years.
2I’ll be a poet, a writer, a dramatist.
3I don't want to teach drama, I want to become a dramatist.
4It's important for Salinger that Shakespeare was a dramatist.
5Philosophers, dramatists, theologians have grappled with this question for centuries: what makes people go wrong?
dresser
/ˈdɹɛsɝ/
noun
someone whose job is to help an actor get dressed for a play or is in charge of their costumes
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1This crab is a picky dresser.
2My dresser has many drawers.
3Do you have a dresser?
4Turn a hefty dresser into a modern media consul.
5A dresser, that's good.
editor
/ˈɛdətɝ/, /ˈɛdɪtɝ/
noun
the person who is in charge of arranging or removing the scenes of a movie, show, etc.
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1Also, editors, love you.
2Our co-editors, quickly to introduce them, my co-editors, Justice Lo Chang-fa.
3Our co-editors, quickly to introduce them, my co-editors, Justice Lo Chang-fa.
4- We need editors!
5We need editors.
cinematographer
/ˌsɪnɪməˈtɑɡɹəfɝ/
noun
a photographer who operates a movie camera
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1And Julio Macat, our cinematographer, did a great job with that.
2His cinematographer Harold Tananbaum was not as fortunate.
3Cinematographers film motion pictures.
4Their father, Caleb Deschanel, is a successful cinematographer.
5Thank you my little cinematographer, that was very well done.
focus puller
/fˈoʊkəs pˈʊlɚ/
noun
a member of the camera crew who adjusts the focus of the camera lens during filming

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clapper loader
/klˈæpɚ lˈoʊdɚ/
noun
a member of a film crew responsible for loading film stock into the camera magazine and operating the clapperboard during filming

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lighting technician
/lˈaɪɾɪŋ tɛknˈɪʃən/
noun
a person responsible for designing and setting up lighting for film, television, or theater productions

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executive producer
/ɛɡzˈɛkjuːtˌɪv pɹədˈuːsɚ/
noun
a person who provides financial and managerial support to a film or TV production and is typically involved in the overall creative decisions
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1I'm Raney Aronson, Executive Producer of Frontline.
2I'm the Executive Producer of the March on Washington Film Festival.
3- Hi, I'm Jess, Executive Producer on League of Legends.
4Hi, I'm Matt Hullum, Executive Producer of Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy.
5Yes, he's an Executive Producer.
line producer
/lˈaɪn pɹədˈuːsɚ/
noun
a type of film producer who oversees day-to-day operations and logistics of a production, including budget management and scheduling

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production manager
/pɹədˈʌkʃən mˈænɪdʒɚ/
noun
a person responsible for managing the daily operations and logistics of a film or television production
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1Chris Loggins is Supervising producer for Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, a Production Manager for a Peg Plus Cat and Odd Squad, and in addition to these roles, we are all parents too so we're speaking to you from the trenches ourselves.
production coordinator
/pɹədˈʌkʃən koʊˈɔːɹdᵻnˌeɪɾɚ/
noun
a person responsible for managing and organizing the various administrative aspects of a film or television production, such as scheduling, logistics, and communication

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first assistant director
/fˈɜːst ɐsˈɪstənt dɚɹˈɛktɚ/
noun
someone who is responsible for assisting the director in creating the shooting schedule, coordinating daily production logistics, and managing the cast and crew on set

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second assistant director
/sˈɛkənd ɐsˈɪstənt dɚɹˈɛktɚ/
noun
someone who is responsible for assisting the first assistant director with tasks related to organizing the set, creating call sheets, coordinating extras, and ensuring the safety of the cast and crew.

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script supervisor
/skɹˈɪpt sˈuːpɚvˌaɪzɚ/
noun
someone who is responsible for continuity, ensuring that each shot matches the previous ones, and tracking all necessary details in the production of a film or TV show

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casting director
/kˈæstɪŋ dɚɹˈɛktɚ/
noun
a person responsible for selecting actors for roles in movies, TV shows, plays, and other productions

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digital imaging technician
/dˈɪdʒɪɾəl ˈɪmɪdʒɪŋ tɛknˈɪʃən/
noun
a person responsible for ensuring the quality and integrity of digital images captured on a film set

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best boy
/bˈɛst bˈɔɪ/
noun
the chief assistant to the gaffer or key grip

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dolly grip
/dˈɑːli ɡɹˈɪp/
noun
a film crew member responsible for operating the camera dolly during filming

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production sound mixer
/pɹədˈʌkʃən sˈaʊnd mˈɪksɚ/
noun
a member of the sound department responsible for recording and mixing audio on set during filming

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boom operator
/bˈuːm ˈɑːpɚɹˌeɪɾɚ/
noun
a member of the film crew who operates the boom microphone to capture sound on set during filming

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cable person
/kˈeɪbəl pˈɜːsən/
noun
a person responsible for managing and organizing cables and wires on a film or television set to ensure proper connectivity between equipment

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production designer
/pɹədˈʌkʃən dɪzˈaɪnɚ/
noun
a person responsible for creating the visual concept of a film, television, or theater production, including selecting settings, costumes, props, and other visual elements

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set designer
/sˈɛt dɪzˈaɪnɚ/
noun
a person responsible for designing and creating the physical environment in which a film, TV show, or theatrical production takes place

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auteur
/ɔːtˈʊɹ/
noun
a director who has such a significant influence and personal style on a film that they are considered its author
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1Let me tell you a secret, the Auteur said.
2I was maddened by my helplessness before the Auteur's imagination and machinations.
3Canadian auteur filmmaker David Cronenberg has masterfully merged horror and sci-fi themes on numerous occasions throughout his career, and his son, Brandon Cronenberg, managed the same feat with 2020's Possessor.
4Is Zack Snyder an auteur.
5R.G. Miller is 53 year old auteur who's making home movies with the scope of blockbusters.
film critic
/fˈɪlm kɹˈɪɾɪk/
noun
someone who professionally analyzes and evaluates films, often providing written or spoken reviews or critiques for the public
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1But the one that stands out for me that, along with The Fire Next Time, that had the most impression on me as a young person was The Devil Finds Work, specifically because, you know, there was an article written called "James Baldwin is the Greatest Film Critic that ever Lived."
lighting designer
/lˈaɪɾɪŋ dɪzˈaɪnɚ/
noun
a person responsible for creating and designing the lighting for a production, whether it's a play, film, or other type of performance

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filmmaker
/ˈfɪɫˌmeɪkɝ/
noun
a movie director and producer, especially an independent one who is fully in charge of the movie production
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1The filmmakers mounted cameras on the hood, front bumper, and dashboard of Gene Hackman's Pontiac.
2Filmmaker mode for watching your Netflix or whatever else.
3Hire another filmmaker.
4My parents were documentary filmmakers together.
5The filmmakers recorded everything.
gaffer
/ɡˈæfɚ/
noun
the head electrician who is responsible for the lighting in a motion picture or television production
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1They're not a gaffer.
2The British Army is held together with gaffer tape.
3Copulation and Kiss-me-Gaffer, with the addition of Tool-i'-me, or some such name.'
4It's the gaffer!
5You missed the gaffer.
grip
/ˈɡɹɪp/
noun
someone whose job is to carry or prepare cameras or lighting equipment in a movie or TV set
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1Chinese small business is gripping the continent.
2Fresh protests gripped Myanmar's largest cities in a sixth day of outrage over the military takeover.
3Powerful claws grip the bark like grappling hooks.
4A new threat gripped the Western imagination.
5Thanks to these holes, the outlet grips the plug more firmly.
key grip
/kˈiː ɡɹˈɪp/
noun
the person who is in charge of the camera equipment in a motion picture or TV set
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1- And who here's the key grip?
2And I fallen in love with one key grip and two gaffers and there's several HR complaints.
3I had the key grip, I had a chuck grip, I had a power grasp and I had a fine pinch.
lighting engineer
/lˈaɪɾɪŋ ˌɛndʒɪnˈɪɹ/
noun
a technician who is in charge of the lights in a TV or motion picture set or theater stage

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leadman
/lˈiːdmən/
noun
a production crew member responsible for managing the art department

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set dresser
/sˈɛt dɹˈɛsɚ/
noun
a member of the film or television production crew who is responsible for dressing and arranging the sets or locations used in the production

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greensman
/ɡɹˈiːnzmən/
noun
a member of the film or television production crew who is responsible for maintaining and preparing plants, trees, and other vegetation on set

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weapons master
/wˈɛpənz mˈæstɚ/
noun
a member of a film or television production crew who is responsible for acquiring, maintaining, and operating all of the weapons used on set

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charge artist
/tʃˈɑːɹdʒ ˈɑːɹɾɪst/
noun
a member of a theater or film production team responsible for creating and overseeing the implementation of the visual concept for sets, props, costumes, and makeup

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costume designer
/kˈɔstuːm dɪzˈaɪnɚ/
noun
someone who designs or supplies costumes (as for a play or masquerade)

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makeup artist
/meɪkʌp ɑːɹɾɪst/
noun
a professional who applies makeup for special occasions, photoshoots, TV/film productions, and fashion events to enhance appearance or create desired looks

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special effects supervisor
/spˈɛʃəl ɪfˈɛkts sˈuːpɚvˌaɪzɚ/
noun
a person responsible for the design, development, and execution of visual and mechanical effects used in movies, TV shows, and other forms of entertainment

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compositor
/kˈɑːmpəsˌɪɾɚ/
noun
a visual effects artist who combines multiple images or video footage to create the final scene, using techniques such as green screen compositing, 3D rendering, and motion graphics
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1As a compositor, that's super important.
2As a compositor, we're the ones who kind of take all the renders, take all the CG elements and put them together to make it look like it's a seamless, integrated photo.
3It was a shade cooler in the press-room than the office, so I sat there, while the type ticked and clicked, and the night-jars hooted at the windows, and the all but naked compositors wiped the sweat from their foreheads and called for water.
4Soldier, sailor, compositor, photographer, proof-reader, street-preacher, and correspondents of the Backwoodsman when we thought the paper wanted one.
matte painter
/mˈæt pˈeɪntɚ/
noun
a visual effects artist who creates painted representations of backgrounds, landscapes, or other settings that cannot or are not photographed during live-action filmmaking

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film distributor
/fˈɪlm dɪstɹˈɪbjuːɾɚ/
noun
a company or individual that handles the distribution and marketing of a film to audiences in theaters or other venues, such as streaming services or DVD releases

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animator
/ˈænəˌmeɪtɝ/
noun
a person who creates moving images, such as cartoons, using various techniques and software
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1Our animators are Thought Cafe.
2Their pushy demands and deadlines for the Alice films alienated Disney’s animators.
3We found an animator.
4We found an animator.
5The animators quickly fixed this issue.
sound designer
/sˈaʊnd dɪzˈaɪnɚ/
noun
a person responsible for designing and creating the overall sound of a film, including sound effects, music, and dialogue
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1It's AIFF, WAV, used to be Sound Designer, too.
tragedian
/tɹædʒˈiːdiən/
noun
a playwright who writes tragedies
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1Because he felt that in the hands of a great tragedian, like Sophocles or Euripides, a story can be told in such a way that rather than calling the guy who has murdered his family a weirdo, or a nut case, or et cetera, you start to see something very, very frightening indeed.
2I would not want to be known as a comedy star or only a tragedian.
3The next event that we hear about in Athens that's relevant to our story is that in the year 493, the Athenian tragedian Phrynicus presents his play called, The Capture of Miletus.
4If he had been slender and well made he would have been the first tragedian on any stage.
5Milton invokes a tragedian, Gregory Nazianzen, Gregory Nazianzen who was able to finish a tragedy: Gregory Nazianzen, a Father of the Church, thought it not unbeseeming the sanctity of his person to write a Tragedy, which he entitl'd Christ Suffering.
projectionist
/pɹədʒˈɛkʃənˌɪst/
noun
the person who operates the projector in a movie house
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1The movie projectionist had no chance, but his manager easily should have seen the blob on the ceiling and ran before getting killed.
2Projectionists run the projector and sound equipment that displays films on screen at movie theaters.
3Projectionists may also perform equipment maintenance.
4Motion picture projectionists have no specific education or previous work requirements, typically learning their skills on-the-job.
5But, after decades in obscurity, media reports surfaced of a rogue projectionist who kept the only existing copy of the film in his personal collection.
dramaturg
/dɹˈæmətʃˌʊɹɡ/
noun
a theater or film professional who researches and analyzes the context of a play or script to ensure its authenticity and provides guidance to the production team

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scenographer
/sɛnˈɑːɡɹəfɚ/
noun
a person who designs and oversees the construction of sets, costumes, lighting, and other visual elements of a theatrical production
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1He enrolled in an Art High School, we call it Liceo Artistico and then he became a theatrical scenographer.
2That's the task of the scenographer Tim Ventimiglia.
3A scenographer is somebody who designs and gives form to an exhibition.

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