A television camera operator works with digital, electronic and film cameras in multi and single-camera operational conditions, producing pictures for directors by combining the use of complex technology with creative visual skills.
The work is based in three settings:
A camera operator might specialise in any or all of these disciplines.
A camera operator usually works under the direction of a director and/or director of photography and may be supported by a camera assistant. The role involves a mix of technical and creative skills.
Work activities vary greatly depending on the type of programme, for example studio/outside broadcast programmes, television dramas, commercials, documentaries, current affair and news, and whether the camera operator is using one of several cameras or a portable single camera (PSB). However, generally typical work activities include:
Part of the role involves interacting and maintaining good working relationships with other members of the crew and cast, including the director, producer, sound recordists, lighting technicians, actors, presenters and interviewees. See Creative Skillset Careers for further details of work activities.
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