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Cinematographers

A little assignment on Cinematographers and how they do what they do.
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Erica Smit

on 31 May 2010

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Transcript of Cinematographers

What duties does a cinematographer have? Cinematographers are responsible for the camera, and are responsible in deciding for how a shot is going to be captured in a film. They would work with directors and others an decide which film to use, what moves they might use, what lenses they want to use, angles of shots, the set up of lights, any thing like that. What are the working conditions or the work environment like
(hours/locations/safety/indoors-outdoors etc.)?
New cinematographers work 10-12 hour days sometimes. Older and more experienced cinematographers may use and entire day to film a shoot and finish it. Working conditions vary for cinematographers; it all depends on where the film is being shot. It could be indoors or outdoors. Sometimes cinematographers get to travel if they need to work at different locations. A lot of last minute changes can occur, which can cause stress in the job of a cinematographer. What skills or talents do you need to do this job? What kind of
people should not do this job?
To be a cinematographer, you need to be creative and talented. You have to be able to visualize the finished film before it has been started or completed. You need to be able to learn as you go, you need to be able to put in long hours, and you have to have good communication and leadership skills. You need to have good networking skills and be able to market your work. You have to be able to work alone as well as with a group and you need to have an appreciation and passion for the field of visual imagery. There are some schools where you can take programs that contain some training in Cinematography. Toronto Film School is one, as well as the University of Phoenix if you do not want to stay in Canada. Usually they will work in apprenticeship and then they could join the American Society of Cinematographers. You would go to Mount Royal College or University of Calgary as welll. The average salary for a Cinematographer is $3 239 weekly. Their income and salary all depends on their talents and experience. They can make $16.83-$43.64 an hour.
With Cinematography you can work for television studios, film producers, production companies, really any one that is looking to make films, documentaries, advertisements anything like that. I think that this is a current trend that is growing because more and more things are being run by video so I think that there is going to become more jobs in this industry.


Cons: Last minute changes can happen a lot, which can cause stress. Long hours are spent working on films. Many times there are short deadlines, with long hours.
Pros: You can make good money. You get to use your creativity and talent. You have a chance to be somewhat of a leader in something that many people could see. You can work both independently or with others
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