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Departmental Requirements

  • Animal Wrangling

    The Animal Wrangling Department is responsible for taking care of all animals that appear in front of the camera. They train the animals to perform the tasks required and handle them during the shooting of the scenes that the animals appear in.

    A member of the Animal Wrangling Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution
    • Been recommended by 2 members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with
  • Costumes

    The Costume Department is responsible for all clothes worn by the actors and extras in front of the camera. The Costume Department also provides clothing to keep performers warm and dry while they are on set rehearsing or waiting to shoot.

    A member of the Costume Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution
    • Been recommended by 2 Key members of the department that the applicant has worked with
    • Must have costume related education of some kind or equivalent paid work in costuming (e.g. theatre, costuming, dance costuming, alterationist, tailor, fashion, etc.)
  • Craft Service

    Craft Service is responsible to provide for the nutritional and beverage needs, other than that provided as full meals, of all the production personnel, actors and extras (when specified) on set during the shooting day. Craft Service may be required to provide specific dietary requirements. Craft Service is responsible for Standard First Aid and will carry a First Aid Kit.

    A member of the Craft Service Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution
    • Been recommended by 2 members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with
    • A certificate of completion of a recognized food handler and preparatory course
    • Completed an accredited First Aid Workshop and obtained a valid certificate in good standing
  • Diving

    The Diving Department handles all work in and under the water including the safety of all the actors and other personnel working in and under the water and assisting in constructing platforms and rigging in or under the water. The Diving Department always works with, for and under the direct supervision of the Marine Coordinator.

    A member of the Diving Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution
    • Been recommended by 2 members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with
    • Been deemed competent and fit in accordance with CSA Standards Z275.4-97 (Competency Standard for Diving Operations), Z275.2-92 9 (Occupational Safety Code for Diving Operations) and the current Occupational Diving Regulations for the Province of Operation
  • Greens

    The Greens Department is responsible for all plant material both real and artificial and all services and materials related to achieving the physical landscape required by the script and shooting locations. The Greens Department may also assume responsibility for all ‘organics’ on set, at the discretion of the Production Designer.

    A member of the Greens Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution
    • Been recommended by 2 members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with
  • Grip

    The Grip Department is responsible for positioning and moving the camera and blocking or diffusing light sources as directed by the Director of Photography. The Grip Department will assist the Rigging Department to provide rigging or scaffolding as required by the Director of Photography.

    A member of the Grip Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution
    • Been recommended by 2 members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with
    • Crane Grip - in addition must be accepted as the Crane Operator by the rental house supplying the equipment and must have the Provincial Driver’s Licence valid for any vehicle involved.
  • Hair

    The Hair Department is responsible to create and maintain the hairstyles of the characters during the duration of the filming. This may involve hair coloration and the use of wigs.

    A member of the Hair Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution.
    • Been recommended by 2 members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with.
    • A valid Provincial Hair Licence for the province in which they wish to work. A copy of that Licence must be on file at the Head Office of Local 849.
  • Lighting

    The Lighting Department works with the Camera and Grip teams to deliver the illumination for the photography of the film. Under the guidance of the Director of Photography this department places and powers luminaries, associated attachments, focuses lamps, and powers set lighting. In conjunction with the Grip team, lighting is adjusted, controlled and the intensity modified to achieve the photography requirements for the look of the film. They may work with the Rigging team to build the grid for lights in a studio. This department also supplies and distributes unit power throughout the studio and at the location.

    A member of the Lighting Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution.
    • Been recommended by 2 members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with.
    • Generator Operation in addition must have a license to suit the vehicle carrying the generator and must be accepted by the rental house supplying the equipment.
  • Make-up

    The Make-up Department works in consultation with the Director, Costume Designer, Hair Department and Actors to create the look desired by the Director and Producer for the project. Once the look is established, the technical team is consulted to ensure lighting and camera considerations are properly met be it film or TV. The Make-up Department is responsible for the application of basic make-up to the face, body make-up, facial hair and out of kit special effects. Facial and body prosthetics may be applied by the Key or a Special Effects Make-up Artist depending on the shoot.

    A member of the Make-up Department must have:

    • Diploma from a recognized Make-Up School. Minimum curriculum must include:
      • Corrective and glamour make-up.
      • Human hair beard application, grooming on both hand-laid and ventilated pieces.
      • Make-up for film and television.
      • Make-up for B&W film and photography.
      • Bald caps.
      • Special Effects (out-of-kit and casualty simulation).
      • Aging with paint.
      • Aging with latex.

    Or

    • A 300-word summary and portfolio detaining self-directed study that would be subject to Departmental review. The recommendation of the Department’s committee must be approved by the Local Executive Board.
      • Completed a practical exam organized by Local 849 with a passing mark of 150 out of 200.
      • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution. Any extended study or training by or with a film-specialized. Make-up Artist/Special Effects Make-up Artist or recognized Film and Television Make-up School can be submitted for review to the Department as credit towards hours needed for membership requirements. The recommendation of the Department’s committee as to the equivalency of the course must be approved by the Local Executive Board.
      • Been sponsored by at least one Make-up Department member that the applicant has worked with.
  • Marine

    The Marine Department is responsible for providing and operating all marine equipment and for ensuring the safety of all marine activities as required by the production.

    A member of the Marine Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution.
    • Been recommended by two members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with.
  • Props

    The Props Department is responsible for the supply and maintenance of anything the actors are required to handle or use during the film as the Art Director, Director or First A.D. request.

    A member of the Props Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution.
    • Been recommended by 2 members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with.
    • Firearms Handler or Gun Wrangler in addition must have completed a Motion Picture recognized Firearms safety course.
  • Rigging

    The Scenic Paint Department is responsible to provide painting on sets required by the script, and achieving effects as determined by the Production Designer, all in a professional and timely manner.

    A member of the Scenic Paint Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution.
    • Been recommended by 2 members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with.
  • Scenic Paint

    The Scenic Paint Department is responsible to provide painting on sets required by the script, and achieving effects as determined by the Production Designer, all in a professional and timely manner.

    A member of the Scenic Paint Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution.
    • Been recommended by 2 members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with.
  • Script Supervisor

    The script is the basic document from which all production planning is derived. Since films rarely shoot scripts sequentially, the Script Supervision Department maintains the overall eye on the script, i.e., the story, as other departments become involved exclusively in their own areas. In preproduction the Script Supervision Department works to understand all aspects of how the script tells its story and during shooting they continually make sure the particular will fit into the whole, that every piece of film shot can be used by the editor. Each day they generate detailed notes on each shot, an editor’s lined script and a production report.

    A member of the Script Supervision Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution.
    • Completed a Script Supervision Workshop recognized by at least two Script Supervisor members of Local 849.
    • Worked as a paid Script Supervisor on two shoots of at least 30 days each with two different directors. The projects can be film or video.
    • References from at least one Production Manager and one Director for whom they have worked
  • Set Construction

    The Set Construction Department is responsible for building and installing sets, scenics, stages and any other structures, or renovations required in a production. This includes fabrication in wood, metal, foam, plastics and similar materials. They will assist other departments with any construction needs.

    A member of the Set Construction Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution.
    • Been recommended by 2 members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with.
  • Set Decoration

    The Set Decoration Department provides and arranges all furnishing, items and materials within a set that will appear on camera, except props, as Art Director, Director or First A.D. requests.

    A member of the Set Decorating Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution.
    • Been recommended by 2 members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with.
  • Sound

    The Sound Department works with the core production, technical and post-production teams to ensure the soundtrack for the film is effective and complete.

    A member of the Sound Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution.
    • Been recommended by 2 members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with.
  • Special Effects

    The Special Effects Department is responsible for providing and executing effects required by the script, including artificial atmospheric effects, window frosting, frost, fire, smoke, flames, torches of all kinds, fog, steam, mist, water, waterfalls, portable spill tanks, storms of every nature, waves, cobwebs, mechanical effects, electrical effects and explosives, at the direction of the Director and Director of Photography and in conjunction with the Production Designer and Stunt Coordinator. All powder or explosives shall be handled and supervised only by a licensed Special Effects person. The method and type of application of special effects shall be at the sole discretion of the Special Effects Coordinator taking into account the artist requirements of the Production Designer or Art Director.

    A member of the Special Effects Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution.
    • Been recommended by 2 members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with.
    • A minimum of six months training or equivalent experience, as approved by the department in a minimum of five of the following: Mechanical, Pyrotechnics with an Occasional User Theatrical Artist Pyro Card, Scenic Carpentry, Weapon Handling Firearms Acquisition Certificate, Electric or Electronic Plumbing, Welding.
  • Transportation

    The Transport Department is responsible to provide, maintain and operate all motor vehicles and trailers associated with a production, other than those contracted independently. The department is responsible for safe operation of all vehicles and for timely movement of all personnel, film, equipment and supplies, as required.

    A member of the Transport Department must have:

    • Met the basic membership requirements as described in Article 3, Section 3 of this Constitution.
    • Been recommended by 2 members of the department, Keys or Seconds, that the applicant has worked with.
    • A Driver’s Licence equivalent to a Nova Scotia Class 4 Licence.
    • A copy of their Driver’s Abstract on file at the Head Office of Local 849.
    • Completed an accredited First Aid Workshop and obtained a valid certificate in good standing - Base Camp Generator Operator – must be approved by the owner of the generator and must have a license to drive the vehicle carrying the Base Camp Generator.
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