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Camera Operator

Camera operators are employed by television and cable companies, film production companies and video production houses. They are responsible for operating a variety of technical equipment including single and multiple portable cameras, remote-control and electronic cameras, cranes and mobile mountings.

Key Responsibilities

  • Frames camera shots for live studio or field productions as directed
  • Works with directors to determine all aspects of shots
  • Knows and applies the technical aspects of lenses, film, filters, light and camera settings to each shot to ensure the director gets the effect he or she wants.
  • Arranges cameras and examine angles to achieve the best shooting outcomes
  • Remains updated on new technology and current industry trends to ensure you bring the latest methods to the job.
  • Prepares cameras and test angles or camera movements
  • Provides creative input to scene planning and implementation
  • Practices the camera moves required for pre-arranged shots
  • Follows shoot schedules and call sheets
  • Assists with camera work for documentaries or independent films
  • Resolves technical or practical issues
  • Executes editing activities

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

  • High school diploma; Degree in Film, Media or relevant field is a plus
  • Previous working experience as camera operator for 3 years
  • Excellent theoretical knowledge of filming and capturing footage
  • Physical strength to carry heavy equipment and stamina
  • Experience operating relevant equipment (cameras, cranes etc.)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Skills needed for this role

The Camera Operator must have a strong understanding of the technical aspects of filmmaking. He/She should have a strong creative streak. Excellent hand-eye coordination is typically another requirement for this job. The ability to communicate is another much-needed skill for camera operators, as filmmaking is usually achieved through a team approach.

Career Level

1-4 Years Experienced Employee

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