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.
You can work as a film and television lighting operator without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in screen and media, live production and services or a related area. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a film and television lighting operator through a traineeship in Media, Screen and Media or Live Production and Services. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Film and television lighting operators may perform the following tasks:
Film and television lighting operators may be required to travel to remote locations. They usually work irregular hours or shifts.
Film and television lighting operators are employed by television stations and film and television production companies. Competition for entry-level positions is very strong.