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.
Film and television lighting operators may be required to travel to remote locations. They usually work irregular hours or shifts.
enjoy the technical aspects of film and television production
able to work as part of a team