Film Inspector

Operate motion picture projectors to inspect home movie films.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Film Inspectors do?

Operates motion picture projector to inspect home movie film and visually examines slides for defects to determine need for reprocessing and repair: Randomly selects specified number of home movie reels and inserts reels in magazine of projector. Threads film through projector onto take-up reel. Starts projector and adjusts lens to focus image on screen. Examines projected image to detect defective exposure or color density and presence of scratches or foreign matter. Records findings on quality control sheet and notifies processing department personnel regarding need for machine adjustments or customer regarding defective camera lens. Measures width of film to determine accuracy of slitting, using precision measuring instrument, and notifies slitting department personnel when width is not within specified tolerances. Examines specified number of randomly selected photographic slides to detect scratches or defects in color density, accuracy, and exposure. Records type defect and reprocessing required on quality control form and routes form and defective slides to processing department. Conveys acceptable reels and slides to packaging department. Collects daily reports from production personnel, totals production figures, and calculates production averages to determine whether quotas have been met.


Should I be a Film Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Filling Inspector, Reel-Film Inspector

    How to become a Film Inspector

    Most Film Inspectors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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