camera operator (camera operator/camera crew)

camera operator (camera operator/camera crew)

Filming a prepared set with a camera mounted on a tripod
Filming a prepared set with a camera mounted on a tripod Dynamic action with the camera on the shoulder Cameraman observing the set through a monocular Co-operation between a cameraman and an actress Thinking about the lighting of a set
camera operator (camera operator/camera crew):

Who are they and what do they do? The job of a camera operator is to take, pictures in various types of film and television production, in compliance with the director's intention.

What are the activities of the job? Activities include - shooting TV programmes - making reportage and documentary films directly in the field - deciding on the artistic concept of film shots by selecting the means of expression in line with requirements for style and technical quality of a film picture - choice of exteriors and preparation of interiors fitting the concept of the film - relocation of the camera during shooting according to the instructions of the director (given by means of headphones) - operational choice of the most suitable shots directly during shooting - ensuring the correct sharpness and completeness of shots - making, if necessary, shots from a cabin suspended e.g. from a crane - co-ordination of camera operation with other camera operators - co-operation with assistants to the camera operator and with lighting engineers - advising the director in achieving visual effects. The task of the assistant to the camera operator is to help the chief camera operator in making shots in different types of film and television production.

Where is it done and under what conditions? The job is done in studios as well as outdoors - as required by the script, or in a wide range of possible environments. Changing weather conditions and frequently staying away from home for long periods must be expected.

What tools/equipment do they use? The most frequently used working tools include, various types of cameras, cranes, moving tables, and lighting techniques.

What do you need to succeed? You need to have graduated from a university faculty specializing in film and camera production; you also need talent and a genuine interest in taking pictures and shooting film, creative abilities, aesthetic feeling, patience, concentration, quick reaction, good eyesight and hearing.

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