Film and television camera operators set up, position and operate equipment in studios or on location to photograph or record people, events and scenes. Film camera operators use 16 mm and 35 mm film cameras or digital video for motion pictures, whereas television and video camera operators use cine-electronic television or digital video and video cameras for direct telecast and recording.
Duties & Tasks
Film and television camera operators may perform the following tasks:discuss with the director the types of film, video and lenses to be used, as well as focus and distance settings and camera anglesselect and set up equipment and accessoriescheck that lighting has been organised or set up lights as requiredview scenes through viewfinders, make final adjustments and photograph scenesmonitor equipment during operationmove cameras and adjust controls to follow the action of scenes being photographedconsult with other technical workers such as light or sound technicians to obtain required resultssupervise assistants during the production phase.
Film and television camera operators work as part of a team and are often required to work long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends. They may need to travel to remote areas. Work can take place indoors and outdoors.
- able to accept direction highly organised attention to detail patient able to work under pressure good communication skills creativity able to work as part of a team.