"If you like cameras, there are lots of opportunities in this field. This position also offers job security, which is important to women with families."
The film industry contributes over $3 billion annually to Canada's Gross Domestic Product.
technician Cynthia Greers original goal in the film business was
to direct meaningful Canadian movies. Her hands on experience in film
equipment rentals, however, evolved that goal into something she could
really hold on to - camera equipment repair. While Cynthia likes the regular
employment and reasonable hours her job offers, theres still more
than enough production pressure to deal with. Camera equipment has to
function properly or theres a lot of high priced talent on set waiting
around for Cynthia to fix it or bring another camera.
Did you know? For every dollar spent directly in the film industry, three dollars are spent in other areas of the economy.
A junior technician makes between $28,000 and $36,000 a year. Cynthia usually works a regular 40 hour work week, but in the summer the hours are longer because that's when the film industry is booming. Then she can work up to six hours of overtime a day.
has to be meticulous when it comes to making sure the camera is in proper
working order. And, since the cameras are so crucial to production, the
inspections don’t stop when Cynthia’s done. Next, the customer comes in
and double checks all the equipment again.
Education: 3 year Film Production program, Humber College
Hobbies: Snowboarding, hiking and playing with her dog