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My Career Choices

Job descriptions for the jobs Camera Operator and Director of Photography.
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Stephy Cheng

on 3 May 2013

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My Career Choices Camera Operator and Director of Photography Related Jobs Education and Training Let's start with Camera Operator!! Camera Operator A person who combines technical ability and artistic creativity to film TV shows, movies, commercials, and documentaries. The path to becoming a Camera Operator:
Intern
Dolly Grip / Clapper-loader
Focus Puller / Camera Assistant High school Diploma
Completion of a film and video production program at university or college
Experience as assistant cameraman is often required Interviews with Henri 1) Tell me about your job. Is what you do different in any way from what others in your occupation do? Camera operators set up shots at the director’s request. We suggest possible alternatives to the director and make sure that we are always ready for the next shot.

I am a freelance camera operator, which means I work on a contract basis on all kinds of projects. These include movies, television shows, and documentaries. 2) Can you tell me about your background and how you got into this field? Henri: I was first interested in still photography; a friend of mine I greatly admired was a photographer. But I found I was more interested in movement. I always liked documentaries and thought that I would like to try motion pictures. Putting a camera on my shoulder and filming real life is a great thrill. That’s what really attracted me to this job. 3) What personal characteristics are required for someone to be successful in your job? Camera operators need a combination of artistic ability and technical awareness. Not only do you have to operate the camera equipment, but you also have to think of creative new ideas for filming a scene.

It also helps to be a social person because you work with many different kinds of people, from actors to directors to technical people. You have to be sensitive to the politics of a film set. 4) How much job security is there for people in your field? Job security is not great for camera operators. You will likely end up working on a freelance basis. The average job lasts 1 day to 3 months. Then it’s up to you to find the next contract. 5) What other jobs could you do with the skills you have gained in this field? Camera operators could work as directors of photography. That’s the top of the ladder for camera operators. As a director of photography, you get to concentrate on the art of filming.

Camera operators could also do still photography; it uses some of the same visual and technical skills. With more training and experience, a camera operator could give directing a try. 6) What do you think the future holds for people in your occupation? I think the demand for camera operators will stay essentially the same. While technology is always developing, the basic principles of filming and equipment will remain the same. 7) What are the biggest challenges in your job? 8) Are there many opportunities in your field? What should people do to get started? The most challenging part of being a camera operator is finding an interesting project that is also artistically challenging. There is a lot of unchallenging work out there, like commercials and TV movies. These jobs pay well, but they’re not as much fun. It’s a lot tougher to find stimulating work. You are lucky if you get one really interesting job a year. Yes, there are some opportunities, but not many. Any kind of film knowledge gives you a step up on others, so take advantage of college courses or any other training opportunities that come your way. Characteristics of the Job High Stress (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr In a job like this, there are many things to consider... Travels Strict Deadlines Indoors & Outdoors Creative Long Hours TV & Film Gr. 9 Gr. 10 Gr. 11 Gr. 12 Suggested High School Courses Creative Arts
Mathematics
Social Studies
Technology
Health & Physical Education English
French
Science
Technology English
Computers
Dramatic Arts / Visual Arts
Personal & Career Development
Electronics & Communications Technology Mathematics
Social Studies
Science English
Mathematics
Science / Physics Dramatic Arts / Visual Arts
Electronics & Communications Technology Social Studies
Computers Mathematics
Science / Physics
Dramatic Arts / Visual Arts
Communications & Media Studies
Electronics & Communications Technology Social Studies
English
Computers Earnings: $22,000 to $70,000 a year for most It takes years of experience to reach the higher salary levels. Now for the Director of Photography!! Director of Photography A person in charge of lighting a set and filming a movie or TV production. Trainee Camera Operator / Grip, 2nd Camera Assistant, 1st Camera Assistant, Camera Operator Related Jobs Gr. 9 English
Mathematics
Science
Computers / Technology
Health & Physical Education French
Creative Arts
Social Studies Gr. 10 English
Mathematics
Science
Personal & Career Development
Computers / Technology Social Studies
Dramatic Arts
Visual Arts Gr. 11 English
Mathematics
Science
Computers / Technology
Drafting & Design Social Studies
Dramatic Arts
Visual Arts Gr. 12 English
Literature
Mathematics
Computers / Technology
Drafting & Design
Communications & Media Studies Social Studies
Dramatic Arts
Visual Arts Suggested High School Courses Education & Training Completion of a film and video production program at university or college is recommended
Many start in other positions, such as camera operator, and work their way up. Interview with Vanessa 1) Tell me about your job. Is what you do different in any way from what others in your occupation do? 2) Can you tell me about your background and how you got into this field? 3) What personal characteristics are required for someone to be successful in your job? 4) How much job security is there for people in your field? 5) What other jobs could you do with the skills you have gained in this field? 6) What do you think the future holds for people in your occupation? 7) What are the biggest challenges in your job? 8) Are there many opportunities in your field? What should people do to get started? I am a director of photography. I work in television and film. Specifically, I have spent the past 2 years shooting travel shows.

My work is different in that I travel internationally. You have to deal with different cultures and laws. I also do some work in related fields, including in photography and as a technical supervisor. I studied film production and photography at university. I was attracted to the field because I fell in love with photography at a young age and this passion carried over into film. I’ve always worked in the entertainment field and got my start by working at a digital camera rental house. It was there that I learned about the digital aspect of the industry. You need to be adaptable. A director of photography working in the field must be able to change with his or her environment.

You have to be a problem solver. For instance, the light may be broken and you’ll need to come up with a lighting solution on the spot. There is never a guarantee for a job or position in this field. I freelance, so jobs will come and go. For those starting out, you can’t go straight from school to freelancing. You may be able to get a job, but finding the next one is tough. Travel photography is a viable option. You need to be able to adapt and work fast in both fields. It also helps a travel photographer to be personable, a trait you need as a director of photography. In order to capture shots of people with emotion, you need to be able to engage them prior to taking their photograph. Technology is always changing in the entertainment industry. It’s important to stay up to date on all the new camera equipment. When I was in film school, we cut and sliced film. By the time I graduated, we were using digital. It’s less expensive to shoot in a digital format. Because there are currently no standards, the format is constantly changing and there are new cameras that come out every year. The challenge is what I love most about my job. The freelance aspect of my work means I never know what my next job will be. The last two weeks of a job, I’m looking for the next gig. After becoming more established, the work definitely comes more easily. Someone just starting out should consider working at a camera house and then building up his or her resume. There are always jobs in the entertainment industry. The best way to start is at the bottom and then work hard. A lot of getting new work has to do with networking. The reason you keep your job, however, is because you’re good at it. THE END Earnings: $30,000 to $100,000 a year Takes several years of experience to reach higher salary levels. Workplace: Studios & Location Film and TV productions Staying updated on new camera equipment Indoors or Outdoors or Both High Stress and High Pressure Long and Irregular Hours Designing shots and sequences A Special Program for My Career Choices!! For me...I want to go to University of Toronto... CCIT Major
Communication, Culture, and Information Technology
Tuition fees will be higher than for other Arts and Science Programs
Digital Enterprise Management (DEM) Specialist
Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Specialist Certificate in Digital Communication for CCIT and DEM students: Students must take a total of 3.0 credits (2 half credits at the 200 level and 4 half credits at the 300 level) at Sheridan College and complete the CCIT Major Program in order to qualify
DEM students can fulfill the requirements for the certificate (with 1 half credit at the 200 level and 5 half credits at the 300/400 level) at Sheridan College University of Toronto Mississauga Bibliography https://www.careercruising.com/Careers/JobDetailsPrint.aspx?LoginID=b6c664a6-860c-4c94-826d-daf6ce510ecf-5&OccNumber=73
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