Camera operators are responsible for capturing images and video on film projects by use of a camera. They may be employed by a film company, educational institution, or an independent filmmaker.
Their specific duties are dependent on the instructions of their director, who may have an eclectic range of requests. A camera operator's main objective is to adhere to these orders as closely as possible while simultaneously being able to explain any problems or directions that are not possible to fulfill. In these cases, they must be able to suggest alternative methods, such as recommending the work of computer graphics. They are also involved in the owning or renting of camera equipment, which requires a keen knowledge of camera makes and models. Camera operators must have enough technical expertise with cameras to perform maintenance and troubleshooting on their equipment.
Camera operators work a variety of hours. Many film projects may require shooting at night or in the very early morning. Their job requires some interaction, mostly with the film director and other related crew members, such as lighting personnel. Their work is both physical and mental. Movie cameras can be physically demanding to use and require operators to be physically fit and strong. Handheld equipment requires a steady arm and a sharp eye. In addition to this, camera operators' work requires much travel to various sets and location. Specific education is not usually needed to work as a camera operator. Often, camera operators are employed based on practical skills and expertise acquired through hands-on experience.
Camera Operator Tasks
Operate the film or digital camera that records the television, movie, or live event.
Assemble, prepare, set up, and disassemble equipment before and after shooting.