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Stage Manager

Plans, organises, supervises and coordinates the activities of workers responsible for placing sets and properties, and operating lighting and sound equipment as part of film, television or stage productions.


Tasks Include:


  • studying scripts and scenarios to determine theme and setting
  • assessing locations and staging requirements for productions in association with specialist designers
  • overseeing creative aspects of film, television, radio and stage productions
  • determining lighting, film, shutter angles, filter factors, camera distance, depth of field and focus, angles of view and other variables to achieve desired mood and effect
  • viewing film and video tape to evaluate and select scenes and determine which scenes need to be re-shot
  • planning and organising the preparation and presentation of programs
  • supervising the positioning of scenery, props and lighting and sound equipment
  • assessing technical requirements of productions by studying scripts and discussing program content, set locations and stage directions with production team
Job prospects for Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors in Victoria

Occupations in the Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors group include Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Director of Photography, Film and Video Editor, Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors (other), Program Director (Television or Radio), Stage Manager, Technical Director and Video Producer.

Employment prospects
There are currently 3,800 Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this occupation is expected to grow. Employment prospects for the next five years are good.

Average weekly wage
$2,141.90

Hourly earnings
$51.80

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website. External link

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