If you didn’t know, there are a lot of opportunities for people with a passion for music in the film industry. From dialogue and the soundtracks to foley sounds, there are a lot of musical components that go into creating movies that you probably haven’t thought of. We’re here to help you discover careers that allow you to be part of the movie-making magic while still utilizing your true musical talents.

Let’s take a closer look:

Foley Artist

Did you know that the sounds you hear in a movie are created by a foley artist in post-production? A foley artist remakes all of the footsteps, the touching, handling of items, and even eating audios. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in doing, you’ll need to watch the film intently and search for ways to mimic all of the non-speaking sounds.

Sound Effect Editor

It’s the Sound Effect Editor’s job to utilize the Foley Artist’s sounds and make sure they fit with the film. You’ll need to go through every moment of the film and strategically place the sounds to feel as natural as possible.

Boom Operator

A Boom Operator is a must-have on any film set. Their job is to hold the boom during the scenes and capture the dialogue between the actors and actresses. If you like to be front and center for all of the moving-making action, this is a great opportunity.


Every film and TV show needs a composer to convey emotions to the audience. Every moment you watch on film requires music to help intensify the moment. Whether it’s a sad scene or a scary one, there is always music to complement the moment and give the audience the best possible experience.

Music Editor

The Music Editor for the film is solely responsible for editing the music to work with each particular scene. You’ll work closely with the composer and the soundtrack engineer to ensure everything is lining up expertly.

Production Sound Mixer

This role works closely with the boom operator to record all the dialogue and external sounds. It will be your job to choose the best equipment and decide if a scene needs to be re-shot or not. So you’ll need to have a good ear.

Post Production Supervisor

The real magic of the film happens in post-production. That’s when everyone gets to work adding the foley music, the soundtracks, and everything in between. As a Post Production Supervisor, it’s your job to oversee all of the musical aspects of the film and ensure everything is lining up perfectly.

Soundtrack Engineer

The soundtrack is an integral part of any movie. As a soundtrack engineer, you’ll be in charge of recording all of the music performances in the studio and focus on curating the best soundtrack for the film. If you’re someone who enjoys the behind-the-scenes work and loves being in a studio, this is a great career opportunity for you.

ADR Recordist

ADR stands for Automated dialogue replacement. If the dialogue during the scene isn’t the highest quality, it’s your job to re-record the dialogue and make sure it expertly matches with the scenes. This job requires you to have a knack for attention to detail and to know your way around a recording studio.

How MI Can Help

At MI, we offer a Music Composition for Visual Media Program designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to succeed in the film industry. Once you graduate, you’ll have an educational foundation to help jumpstart your career in visual media. Plus, you’ll have a network of like-minded individuals you can connect with and learn from to help push your career in the right direction.

If you’re serious about a career in the film industry, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Feel free to contact us to learn more about our programs or to get started today.

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