Register as a Referral

Referral Application

For information on what I.A.T.S.E. Local 849 does, the geographic area covered in our jurisdiction, and the departments we represent, please visit our about page.

What is a “Referral”?

A person on the Referral List is not a Member of Local 849, but when we receive requests for daily crew on a film production and cannot fill those requests from within the membership, we turn to the Referral List. Registering as a Referral is an excellent way to build up paid working hours in the industry and meet working technicians.

Depending upon your experience, training, or credentials, you have the option to be listed in one or two of the departments Local 849 represents, and additionally, you have the option to list as a General Labourer. We are committed to the promotion and sustained growth of the region’s motion picture production industry. We are proud to present a large membership devoted to the development and implementation of professional training programs, from entry-level through intermediate and advanced level training.


 Important Considerations Before Applying

  • You must be 18 years or older to register as a Referral
  • A Referral is NOT guaranteed work. Availability of work for a Referral is based on a number of factors such as :
    • How many productions are currently filming
    • How large the film crew is on each show
    • How many members are available to work
    • Experience required to fill the call
    • Did you call in your daily availability to the office?
    • Your ability to get to the location on time
  • If you work under an IATSE contract as a Referral, you will be covered by that contract, and Permit Fees will be deducted from each of your paycheques.
  • Local 849 does not track your working hours; it is your responsibility to keep this record in case you wish to apply for membership at a later date.
  • An updated resume must be submitted and an Annual Administration Fee must be paid each year to maintain your status (see below).

How Do I Become A “Referral”?

To register to become a referral, please complete the application form and e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with the department-specific requirements listed below that pertain to the departments you're applying in. Once your paperwork is submitted, you must also pay the Referral Registration Fee. 

If you have already taken the Set Etiquette Course and you have provided all of the necessary materials, you will be registered as soon as the office can process your application. 

If you have not yet taken a Set Etiquette Course, you will be added to the waiting list to be notified when the next course is scheduled.

To maintain your listing from year to year, and to keep your information on file current, you must submit a non-refundable Annual Administration Fee listed on this page to remain on the Referral List. This fee is to be submitted within the first month of the calendar year, accompanied by an up-to-date resume.

At this time, it is your responsibility to remember to fulfill these requirements each year. No reminder will be sent to you. If these requirements are not met, your name will be removed from the Referral List. If you wish to re-register at a future date, you will be required to submit the Annual Administration Fee.


Department Specific Requirements

  • Overview

    Each department has specific requirements in order to be listed. Please select a department from the dropdown list above to view the requirements.

    If you have any questions about the requirements, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Animal Wrangler

    The Animal Wrangler Department is responsible for taking care of all animals that appear in front of the camera. They train the animals to perform the tasks required and handle them during the shooting of the scenes that the animals appear in.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Costumes

    The Costume Department is responsible for all clothes worn by the actors and extras in front of the camera. They are responsible for purchasing, renting and/or making all the clothes worn by the performers, both Actors and Background Players, working in consultation with the Director and the Actor. They provide several versions of one outfit if required to expedite shooting and provide clothing to keep performers warm and dry while they are on set rehearsing or waiting to shoot.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Craft Service

    The Craft Service Department provides the nutritional and beverage needs, other than that provided as full meals, of all the production personnel, actors and extras (when specified) on set during the shooting day. Typically, the department will maintain a supply of hot & cold beverages and snack foods at all times on set, and and also substantial snacks to take the crew through to the meal break and wrap.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Diving

    The Diving Department handles all work in and under the water including the safety of all the actors and other personnel working in and under the water and assisting in constructing platforms and rigging in or under the water. Working closely with the Marine Department, divers always work in pairs.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Greens

    The Greens Department are specialists who alter the look of locations with plants, trees and other landscaping materials.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Grip

    The Grip Department work closely with the Lighting Department & Director of Photography to position & move the camera and blocking or diffusing light sources. The department is in charge of providing scaffolding for hanging the lights, add flags & silks to soften lights and create shade. They also provide means for creating high angle, low angle or unusual shots, and dollies & cranes for camera movement. Grips are also responsible for securing the camera in other situations such as on picture vehicles.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Hair

    The Hair Department dress the hair of all performers, both Actors and Background Players, appropriate to their character and in consultation with the Director and the Actor. They also provide and dress wigs and sideburns when required, and aid the Costume Department in the placement of hats.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Lighting

    The Lighting Department work closely with the Grip Department and the Director of Photography to light each scene, as well as manages, supplies and distributes all electrical power to all departments that need it. The department handles all the lights on set, including anything that is attached to the lights. They may work with the Rigging team to build the grid for lights in a studio.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Makeup

    The Makeup Department is responsible for all facial and body makeup, including bruising and wounds, and facial hair on the performers, both Actors and Background Players. They are also responsible for any prosthetics required for special effects. They design the looks in consultation with the Director and the Actor.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
    Anyone registering to be listed in this department should make themselves familiar with the Makeup Department Etiquette Guidlines
  • Marine

    The Marine Department is responsible for providing and operating all marine equipment and for ensuring the safety of all marine activities as required by the production. The team generally consists of a Marine Coordinator, and a team of boat wranglers, safety swimmers and other assistants depending on the requirements of the show

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Props

    The Props Department handles anything an actor carries or handles. They work closely with the Set Decoration Department providing top dressing on a set if the actor is likely to handle it.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Scenic Paint

    The Scenic Paint Department alters surfaces to look different, aged, or as if made of other materials.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Script Supervisor

    The Script Supervisor Department works with all departments on set to ensure that everything that is shot can be used by the Editor when cutting the film back into story continuity. They keep details of every shot, all action, camera details, length in time of shot, and any deviations from script. They provide slate numbers and circled prints. They keep a list of shots and wild sound owed. They provide the Production Office with a Daily Production Report, and they provide the Editor with a lined script that records all shots and a continuity report with the details of each set-up.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Set Construction

    The Set Construction Department builds sets, and alters the look of an existing location. This includes fabrication in wood, metal, foam, plastics and similar materials.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Set Decoration

    The Set Decoration Department provides all furnishings, layering in various elements to help tell the story.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Sound

    The Sound Department captures the soundscape of the story, recording all dialogue and as much background sound as possible.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Special Effects

    The Special Effects Department is in charge of any special effects on set such as explosions, fire, rain, atmosphere and smoke.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:
  • Transportation

    The Transportation Department is responsible to provide, maintain and operate all motor vehicles and trailers associated with a production. The department is responsible for safe operation of all vehicles and for timely movement of all personnel, film, equipment and supplies, as required.

    To list as a Referral, Sister, or Non-Departmental Member in this department, you must provide the following:

 


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