Camera Operator

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A camera operator is a person that operates a film or video camera for the purpose of recording a production to film, video, or a computer storage medium. A camera operator serving in an official capacity in the process of filmmaking may also be known variously as a cameraman, television camera operator, video camera operator, or videographer, depending on the context and technology involved. Duties involved with this position include the set up, positioning and operation of equipment in studios or on location to photograph people, events and scenes. Film camera operators use 16 mm and 35 mm film cameras or digital video for motion pictures, whereas television and video camera operators use cine-electronic television or digital video and video cameras for direct telecast and for recording. The operator is responsible for physically operating the camera and maintaining composition throughout a given scene or shot. In narrative filmmaking, the camera operator will collaborate with the director, director of photography, actors and crew to make technical and creative decisions. It is possible to work as a film and television camera operator without formal qualifications however entry to this occupation may be improved if you have tertiary qualifications in screen, television or media production. A portfolio of work and experience are critical to gaining work in this profession. A creative approach together with strong technical skills is necessary for this type of work.