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We’re looking forward to meeting you and bringing you into the fold.

Below you will see a list of the 19 IATSE departments. Roll over the name for a pop-up description of the department.

See one or more that feels like a fit for your skills and interests?

Check the box beside the department(s) to which you would like to apply for permittee status. For each department that you choose, an application will be emailed to you. Please note that each department has its own requirements and process – one size does not fit all.

Please send us your name and email address and indicate your permission to forward emails to your address.

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  • Accounting

    Film and TV accountants manage all the financial aspects of production. They track, process, reconcile and report thousands of transactions (including hundreds of weekly paycheques) using unique film-industry processes.

  • Art

    The Art Department brings a project’s creative vision to life. This includes compiling rough sketches, drafting technical drawings, and creating 3-D models, as well as storyboarding sequences.

  • Construction

    The Construction Department turns art into reality. This involves creating new structures from wood and steel, or modifying existing facilities.

  • Costumes

    The Costume Department realizes the Costume Designer’s vision on camera. The department designs, creates, acquires, maintains and catalogues all costumes worn by performers. It is also in charge of dressing actors and background performers, and maintains continuity between scenes.

  • Editing

    Piecing together video, dialogue, music and sound as well as integrating visual effects, the Editing Department brings the final story together in a coherent narrative that fulfills the director’s vision.

  • First Aid Craft Service

    The FA/CS is primarily responsible for attending to First Aid on and off set. This department also files safety incident reports, and maintains first aid facilities. They ensure that the crew is well hydrated and has access to snacks between meals.

  • Greens

    The Greens Department obtains and takes care of anything “green,” natural or artificial, used in a production. This includes plants, grass, trees, flowers and other landscaping materials like rocks, gravel and sand.

  • Grips

    Grips move the camera via dollies, jibs or cranes. Working closely with the Lighting Department, they rig and hang lighting instruments, as well as shape and control the light output.

  • Hair

    The design and maintenance of all hairstyles is the responsibility of this department. They cut, style and colour performers’ hair, create wigs and hair pieces, and ensure continuity from shot to shot.

  • Lighting

    The Lighting crew hang and power lighting instruments as well as control their output. This department also provides and maintains electrical safety, and works closely with the Grips.

  • Make-up

    This department designs all facial and body make-up. Special Makeup Effects Artists design and implement prosthetic appliances used to enhance or distort the reality of standard makeup.

  • Paint

    Painters complete the visual look of the physical production, often creating faux finishes, depth and illusion to the images on screen.

  • Production Office

    The Production Office works closely with producers and production managers to ensure that a show runs smoothly. Typical tasks include logistics, scheduling, liaising with studios, organizing travel for cast, and communication with all departments. 

  • Props

    Anything that actors touch as part of their character is the responsibility of Props. Props members source, create or modify objects.

  • Script Supervisor

    The Script Supervisor/Continuity Coordinator is the hub of information on set, ensuring continuity between scenes and adherence to the script. This position provides the link between production and post production and ensures that the “look” of the show is maintained.

  • Set Decoration

    This department researches and sources materials and furniture used during filming. It also oversees all finishing of sets and locations, including placing set dressings and décor, and maintaining inventory.

  • Sound

    This department captures audio and dialogue on a film set. In order to achieve a clean sound, the department uses multiple devices such as boom microphones, wireless microphones and physical planted microphones.

  • Special Effects

    Special Effects crew members design and engineer complex optical and mechanical effects that are performed during live-action shooting. Common tasks include creating rain, explosions, fog, wind and fire effects. 

  • Visual Effects

    This department is the logistical and creative link between physical production and post production whereby images captured on set are manipulated by Visual Effects artists. With the proliferation of computer generated imagery, this work has become increasingly complex and necessary.

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