"This job is wonderful. I love the teamwork. When I first started, at the end of the day, someone came up to me and thanked me for my work. I'd never been thanked for my work before. "


Canadians have become avid movie watchers. Overall attendance at movie theatres increased for the seventh year in a row, hitting a 38-year high of about 113 million in 1999.


Anne Faubert's job came out of the blue. She was in between waitressing jobs when a friend asked her if she'd like to help out on a job site. It turned
out to be a movie set.


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Anne is now a set technician. If, for example, a film needs to recreate the interior of a tavern in the fifties, it's up to Anne and her colleagues to make
sure that every detail is authentic, at least as far as what the camera sees.


Did you know? Canadians produce between 35 and 45 Canadian feature films per year.


People on set are still sometimes wary to see a female set technician but the attitudes are changing rapidly. And the pay is good, which is attracting more and more women to this field. Anne earns at least $16/hr; after 10 hours, she makes time and a half, and she's also compensated if she's had to miss a break or a meal.


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SYNOPSIS:

Anne had a bit of a tough time at the beginning because she didn't have her own tools and kept having to borrow from her colleagues. Now she has all her own tools and she knows how to use them.

When Anne is working on a set, she often works 70-hour weeks. On most projects, the deadlines are very tight and she needs to work well and fast to have the set ready for filming to start. What makes it all the more worthwhile is that the pay is very good and there's a lot of free time in between projects.


PERSONAL DATA:

Education: Partial diplomas in Communications and Film Production, Anne is now taking Journalism courses

Hobbies: Photography and dance (tango, flamenco and salsa)