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Transcript of Career Project
November 19th, 2014
My Interview with
Employment is expected to grow 12% in 2016.
TV, Video, and motion picture camera operators and editors held about 42,000 jobs in 2006,
Camera Operators/Editors are normally employed by news broadcasting centers, independent TV stations, local affiliate stations, TV networks, small production companies, and indie film companies.
17% are Freelancers. Competition is very high due to the large amount of people who wish to enter the broadcasting and motion picture industries.
Careers in Photography are expected to rise by 10% in 2016.
Fashion Photographers are normally hired by Magazines, Catalogs, Advertising agencies, fashion houses, or profession associations such as AOP. Extremely hard to get enter this profession, extreme competition.
What parts of your job do you find more challenging?
How many hours do you work in a typical week?
This industry has changed drastically in the last 5 years.
Where do you think the changes will happen in the next 5 years?
Operate cameras to record scenes.
Use several different camera mounts such as stationary, track-mounted, or crane-mounted.
Use zoom lenses
Compose each shot
Adjust positions and controls of the camera to get the best quality footage.
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*Camera Operator/Editor for TV, Video,
Their are multiple online courses and programs. College isn't exactly required for this career, but still a degree is recommended.
A degree in Photography is required for mostly any job.
Take photographs of many models, in studios and on location.
Work in uncomfortable conditions for long periods of time
Use different back drops and props
Empathize the best features of the models.
Establish good interactions with art directors, fashion stylists, fashion editors,
art directors and agencies, and the models.
Knowledge of lighting
Awareness of fashion trends
Different styles of composition and sharpness
Good social skills
Being able to deal with pressure and tight deadlines
Camera Operator/Editor for TV, Video, and Film
Camera Operators/Editors capture and edit footage for various purposes. Rather that be a film, news report, commercial, TV show, etc. Most Camera operators dabble in editing, usually to assist in the post-production process (editing after filming or recording has taken place). Workers acquire skills on the job and through post-secondary training. 17% of Operators/Editors are self-employed (Freelance) which means they buy their own equipment and take on side jobs. For those who use their skills and experience to create films; like I wish to do in the future, this field allows for a wide-array of expression. The motion-picture medium Is an art form that has only been around for a short-time and continues to grow as technology gets more advanced. Being a Camera Operator/Editor takes more than just owning and using a camera.
Other Career Titles:
Videographer/Cinematographer Video production manager/ Optical Effects camera operator Editor
Motion-Picture Camera man Director/Producer
News cameraman/video editor Film-maker
"We don't make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies" -Walt Disney
There are 3 types of Fashion Photography:
High Fashion $$$
Mail order Catalog $
Fashion photography can very stressful yet rewarding. Deadlines are tight, you have to work in all conditions, and there is no balance between professional and personal life. However, I don't plan on having kids so that shouldn't be a huge problem. You get to visit exotic locations and meet wonderful people, and some not-so wonderful people. Fashion Photographers work on locations as well as in studios. Fashion photographers need to know way more than just how to use a camera. Same with camera operating and editing you need a specific and advanced skill set an to prosper. A degree is normally required for all photography related positions. Experience can be gained by interning or becoming assistants of established photographers. Photography is extremely hard to get into, you need the skills, the drive, and most of all originality.
MFA in Film Production
BS in Digital Cinematography or Film
BA in film/media studies
MA in critical studies
I would say, deciding which camera to use for each job.
What skills are required in your position on a day to day basis?
What do you find most enjoyable?
I work 6 different cameras everyday. You have to be able to edit and do news feeds. I also do a lot of lighting.
Coming back with a beautiful picture. That's what we're always trying to get, the perfect shot.
Rarely under 42 hours a week. But it's really whenever they need me to come in, there isn't a really set time.
Are there too many or too few people entering this profession?
Where I work we need more people. To many people think they can enter this profession because they can take a nice photo on their smartphones. It takes way more than that.
Average annual earnings:
$40,060 per year (motion picture)
$32,200 per year (radio and television)
Lowest 10% earned less than $18,810
Highest 10% earned more $84,000
For Freelancers it depends on how much
they charge and how many jobs they do.
(However most don't make enough
money to live comfortably).
Average income: $52,000-69,000
Catalog Photographers make about
40,000 per year
High fashion photographers &
Magazine photographers make
about 200,000 per year
Fashion Photographers who live in Fashion
dominated areas such as New York, France,
L.A, Milan, Montreal, and Mumbai tend
to make more money.
Drextel: $44,646 per year http://www.drexel.edu/westphal/undergraduate/FMVD/Curriculum/
Fullsail: $14,900 each semester
Uarts: $$38,410 per year http://www.uarts.edu/academics/film/film-video
AI: $89,100 (for whole program) http://new.artinstitutes.edu/areasofstudy/Digital-Film/detail/47
AFI- American film institute $40,000 per year
Most expensive and prestigious (no room/board)
USC- University of Southern California $64,761
(2 year undergraduate program)
FSU- Florida State University $34,714 per year
Point Park University $25,980 per year
A.S in Photography
B.A in Photography
B.S in Digital Photography
MFA in Photography
Certificate in studio &
Art Institute: $89,100 (for whole program)
of Art & Design: $20,500 per year http://www.pcad.edu/Admissions/FinancialAidTuition/tabid/129/Default.aspx
Temple: $18,176 per year http://tyler.temple.edu/programs/photography
Hacc: (Transfer): $2,976 semester http://www.hacc.edu/ProgramsandCourses/Courses-and-Programs-Details.cfm?prn=2140
Uarts: $$38,410 per year http://www.uarts.edu/academics/film/film-video
Experience using editing software
Experience in video production
Experience in HD and 16.9 formats.
Experience working in a hostile environments.
Minimum of 2 years of experience in camera operating/editing
Several years of experience
as a trained photographer
Experience with Photoshop
Experience working in all conditions
Experience working in
high pressure situations
Edit films and videotapes by inserting music, dialogue, and sound effects.
Cut shot sequences to different angles at specific points in scenes.
Mark frames where a particular shot or piece of sound is going to begin or end.
Combine the most effective shots for each scene.
Knowledge of computer hardware and software
Operate and control
Knowledge of film production and post-production
Equipment will keep getting lighter and more advanced. There will be more and more social media connections
What would be a reasonable salary range to expect if I entered this field? What is the long term potential?
I'll say $45 to $46 thousand. Editors come a little higher. I started at $30,000. The director makes about $104,000..There's definitely room or advancement, it just takes awhile to get started.
How did you enter this profession? How do you think most people enter this profession?
I actually dropped out of College. It took me 40 years to get where I am today. I started taking photos of sports games. Most people do whatever they can to stay in this profession. Sometimes you have to work for free, you take whatever you can get.
Considering all the people you've met in your line of work what
personal attributes are essential for success?
Never give up! You have to be determined, patient, and persistent. Most importantly you need to have passion. You don't do this for the money, you do it because you enjoy it.
STAY IN SCHOOL, DON'T DO DRUGS! Keep a camera with you at all times, you never know when you're going to need it!
Anything else you think I need to know?
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