Film Laboratory Technician

Perform the tasks to process motion picture films.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Film Laboratory Technicians do?

Performs any combination of following tasks to process motion picture film: Mixes specified chemicals according to formula to prepare solutions for use in processing film. Cuts and arranges film and splices film together according to written instructions or edited test print, using splicer. Compares film with edited print to detect irregularities in detail and color. Projects film on screen to detect defects in printing and developing, such as blurs, scratches, and perforations, using motion picture projector. Approves film for release, rejects defective film, or routes film to specified department for further processing. May be designated according to specialty as Film Inspector; Film Splicer.

Should I be a Film Laboratory Technician?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Color or Color Laboratory Technician, Film Technician, Microfilm Technician, Photographic Laboratory Technician

    How to Become a
    Film Laboratory Technician

    Film Laboratory Technicians generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Film Laboratory Technician-related education!
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