Duties and Responsibilities
Operates video cameras, on location or in the studio, in the production of professional pre-recorded programming.Designs, transports, sets up, and operates production equipment, including audio and lighting equipment, for field and studio productions.
assists in repair and upkeep of studio and production sets and properties.Maintains equipment inventory and field and studio production schedules.
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
Graduate levelCompleted Degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Ability to operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and perform repairs to audio and video equipment.Ability to effectively manage time and schedules.
Records maintenance skills.Ability to configure, operate and maintain studio and / or field audio, lighting and associated production equipment.
Knowledge of computerized tape editing applications and procedures.Knowledge of professional audio and / or video tape editing and post-
production procedures, techniques, and standards.
The Cinematographer’s responsibilities as outlined below is an attempt to describe the duties a cinematographer is likely to encounter during his / her career.
Conceptual Research and Design :
Discuss all aspects of script and director’s approach to picture in preliminary talks with directorAnalyze script as wholeAnalyze story structureAnalyze charactersResearch period, events, general subject and appropriate design elementsDevise style, visualize approachContinue talks with director on new ideasCome to agreement with directorDiscuss and come to agreement with production designerDiscuss and come to agreement with technical adviser.
Practical Research and Design :
Ascertain or find out budget requirementsScout and approve locationsPlot sun position for locationsCheck local weatherCheck tide tables near oceanReview, discuss and approve set plansReview, discuss and approve spotting plans for stagesReview and approve props, picture cars, airplanes, boats, horse-
drawn vehicles, mock-ups and miniatures
Technical Research and Design :
Visit laboratory to calibrate, customize and evaluate exposure system for any combination of electronic or chemical image capture, and establish developing, printing, set timing and transfer protocolsVisit equipment vendorsExplore new equipmentLearn how new equipment worksInvent (or cause to be invented) special equipment or techniques for showChoose and approve crew, film stock, lab, equipment, second-
unit and visual-effects crewsSupervise manufacture and testing of new modified equipment Visit sets under constructionApprove wild walls, ceiling pieces and any moving set piecesCheck lighting-
fixture crewWalk locations and stages with all departments to discuss requirementsApprove set colors and texturesApprove costume colors and texturesApprove makeup and hairGenerate (or cause to be generated) and approve equipment lists for camera, electric and gripCheck dailies screening rooms for correct standards
Cast stand-insTrain crew to use any new equipmentWalk locations and stages with director and device shooting planMake list of special equipment for production manager and indicate number of days requiredWork with assistant director on shooting schedule (order and days required for each scene)Estimate and order film stock (type, size and quantity)Generate (or cause to be generated) and approve rigging and shooting manpower and man-
daysAssist other departments in getting required equipment, manpower and testsDrop by all departments and visit department heads at least twice a day to answer any questionsMediate any problems between departmentsCheck loading of production trucks or cargo containers for location or international shippingVisit cast run-
throughs and rehearsalsAdvise and back up director on any problemsHelp production problems
Shoot tests for styleShoot tests for labShoot test for lighting of principal actorsShoot tests for camera and lensesShoot tests for wardrobe and makeupShoot tests for any special effects processes, unusual rigs props or methodsII Shooting.
Check and approve all call sheets and shooting order of the day’s work
Watch rehearsal of scene to be shotDevice shot list with director (coverage)Choose lens and composition; show to director for approvalMake sure composition and movement fulfill scene taskWork out mechanical problems with camera, dolly and crane gripsSet any camera-
movement cuesPlace stand-ins and rehearse, fine-tuneEnsure proper coverage of scene for editorWork with assistant director on background action
Design lighting to show set / location to best advantage relative to story, style and dramatic contentLight each actor to reinforce and reveal characterMake sure mood and tone of light help to tell storyDesign light for minimum reset time between setupsUtilize painter for control of highlights, shadows, aging, dusting-
down of sets and propsSet and match light value, volume, color and contrast of each setup (exposure)Set any lights cues (dimmers, spot lights, color changes and any preprogramming)
Work out any sound problemsWork out any problems with other departmentsCheck, set and approve all stunts with stunt coordinatorSet any additional cameras required for stuntsDouble-
solve any outstanding problems
Photograph sceneApprove or correct takeCheck parameters and reset for next takeShoot any platesShoot any video playback materialMake sure that stills are taken of scene
Make sure script supervisor has any special camera or lighting notesCheck film raw stock inventoryTry to shoot up short endsCheck that camera logbook is being kept up to dateComplete day’s workDiscuss first setup for the next dayEnsure that camera, electrical and grip crews get all copies of equipment rental or purchase invoices and approve before accountants pay vendorsTake care of any future or ongoing production at end of dayCheck for return of all unused equipment
Teach beginning actors movie technique (hitting marks, size of frame, lenses, etc.)Train camera crew for next job up the ladder I.
ContingencyIf director is disabled, finish day’s shooting for him or herIII. Postproduction.
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