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ABOLISHED 12/01/2014 PER PAY LETTER 15-04 - Motion Picture Specialist (5583)

ABOLISHED 12/01/2014 PER PAY LETTER 15-04 - Motion Picture Specialist

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: MD30
  • Class Code: 5583
  • Established: 01/18/1952
  • Revised: 12/04/1990
  • Title Changed: 09/03/1969


Under direction, to plan, organize, direct, and perform technical and professional work in connection with the writing and production of motion picture programs; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Plans, organizes, and performs the technical and professional work required in producing motion picture programs including operation of motion picture production equipment, conducts subject research and develops scripts based on most effective method of presentation; develops approach and production methods necessary to produce continuity and required story lines; directs the technical and artistic development of films including the preparation of artwork or animation, narration, dialogue, sound effects, and music as required in the production; may select film cast, narrators, or other personnel involved in a film production; may do still photography and processing.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Motion Picture Assistant.



Four years of broad technical experience in motion picture production, including experience in cinemaphotography, professional sound recording, and film editing. (College level work in cinema or a related curriculum may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Techniques of sound motion picture production; sound recording; motion picture photography; audio-visual principles and techniques; script writing; motion picture staging, lighting; film editing methods and equipment.


Ability to: Assume leadership and provide creativity in the planning, writing, and directing of motion picture and slide show production; act independently in converting ideas and concepts into an effective combination of audio and visual impression on the screen; develop innovative solutions to complex audio and visual communication problems; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; work effectively with people and situations requiring initiative, tact, and judgment; speak effectively; read and write English at the level required for successful job performance.

Special Personal Characteristics

Artistic and creative ability; willingness to travel throughout the State; and normal hearing.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Possession of a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

  Updated: 9/21/2017
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