Special Effects & Armoury Department

The following jobs are within the Special Effects & Armoury Department.

  • Special Effects Manager / SFX Manager
  • SFX Co-ordinator
  • SFX Buyer
  • SFX Assistant
  • SFX – Casual
  • Mechanical Fx. Co-ordinator
  • Pyro Fx. Co-ordinator
  • Model Fx. Co-ordinator
  • Model Maker
  • Armourer
  • Armourer – Casual

In Australian A-Z Budget – Feature Films these roles are in section C.15 Special Effects & Armoury Crew.

Special Effects & Armoury Department is Below-The-Line. The-Line is said to differentiate the team responsible for the creative control of a motion picture from the technicians and crafts-people who make the film. More accurately Above-The-Line people are attached during the Development phase of a production while Below-The-Line people are hired once the financing is in place and Preproduction phase begins. Costume, Art and Makeup departments are creative, but they still fall Below-The-Line.

Special Effects & Armoury Department is considered Labour by unions such as MEAA so their minimum rates of pay are defined in the standard industrial agreements for each production sector.

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