Building a Successful Production Team in the Film Industry | Steven Gagnon

Steven Gagnon
2 min readNov 29, 2022

Filling your video production team roles with the right people is the key to success. Having the right people in place will allow you to create a smooth and effective video production process.

Depending on the scope of your shoot, the number of people working on your production team will vary. Some of these roles may require multiple hats. On larger projects, you might expect these individuals to be hired by specialists. Nevertheless, here are the positions you need filled to build a successful production team .


The first role that you need to fill is the producer. This individual is responsible for overseeing the various aspects of the video production process, such as post-production, pre-production, and post-production. They have the necessary knowledge and experience to help the team balance the financial and creative needs of the shoot.


The is the one who is responsible for overseeing the overall vision of the project and making sure every. They are also responsible for ensuring that the shoot is executed correctly. This includes everything from casting the talent to setting the location. They can also make necessary changes to ensure the shoot is on budget.


The cinematographer or videographer is responsible for shaping the visual tone of the video. They’ll scout locations, secure equipment, and hire grips, camera operators, and other professionals during pre-production.

Audio Tech

Aside from the cameras, audio is also essential to the production of your video. An audio technician is the one who is responsible for monitoring and adjusting the levels of audio that are being recorded. They may additionally rig the microphones and other equipment.

Gaffer and Key Grip

As part of the lighting crew, a group of skilled individuals known as a “gaffer” is responsible for setting up and moving the lights. They are also the head electrician on-set. The key grip is often worked hand-in-hand with the “gaffer.” This individual ensures that all lights are in the proper position and ready to be used.

Camera Operator

If you’re having a hard time remembering the various responsibilities of a camera operator, know that they’re responsible for operating the camera. They work closely with the director and the cinematographer to ensure that the shots are captured according to the director’s vision. If you’re lucky, you might also have an operator who has their own equipment available.


Depending on the shoot you’re working on, you might not need to hire someone to take on the roles of set designer, hair and makeup crew, and wardrobe crew. However, you’ll still need someone to ensure that wardrobes, sets, and hair and makeup are prepped.



Steven Gagnon

Based in LA, Steven Gagnon is the Co-CEO of Element Media Group, as well as a sports enthusiast and entrepreneur. Learn more @