Film and Television Lighting Operator


Film and television lighting operators position, set up and operate lighting equipment to light sets or studios during stage performances, television broadcasts or film productions. Film and television lighting operators are responsible, both creatively and technically, for lighting interior and exterior scenes and must achieve desired effects through the placement, intensity and colour of lighting.

Duties & Tasks

Film and television lighting operators may perform the following tasks:

  • study scripts and discuss lighting effects with production staff
  • coordinate activities with electrical crew when putting up metal scaffolding to support lighting equipment
  • select and position equipment such as spotlights and floodlights
  • arrange and connect cables to electrical supplies using portable junction boxes
  • operate lights during filming or broadcasting and vary intensity of light using various filters and reflective screens
  • maintain and repair lighting equipment
  • arrange for transportation of equipment to remote locations.

Working Conditions

Film and television lighting operators may be required to travel to remote locations. They usually work irregular hours or shifts.

Personal Requirements

  • patient
  • enjoy the technical aspects of film and television production
  • able to work as part of a team
  • creative.

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