The camera department is helmed by the Director of Photography (DOP), who collaborates with the Director to capture and shoot the production.
Entry Level & In-demand
What kind of jobs are available?
What those who work in this department usually bring to the work.
- Knowledgeable about various camera models and systems (both digital and film).
- Familiar with work techniques and equipment used in film and TV production.
- Strong attention to detail, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to adapt to changing environments is crucial.
- Working in the camera department typically requires extensive on-the-job training with hands-on expertise in the various types of equipment used.
- This experience can be gained through education and working on independent films, commercials or movies of the week (which has the advantage of accruing the requisite paid days of work to qualify for membership in ICG 669, the labour organization who represents the camera department).
- Another path to this knowledge and experience in British Columbia is to join the ICG 669 Camera Trainee program which has a structured program providing training and work experience on a variety of productions.
Phantom Camera Technician
Aerial Camera Operator
Aerial Director of Photography
Underwater Camera Assistant
Underwater Camera Operator
Underwater Director of Photography
Drone Camera Assistant
Drone Camera Operator
Drone Operator (Pilot)
Manned Aircraft Camera Mount Technician
Motion Control System Technician
Remote Head Technician
Motion Picture Video Assistant 1 (MPVA1)
Motion Picture Video Coordinator (MPVC)
EPK Camera Operator
EPK Director of Photography
Digital Imaging Technician (DIT)
2nd AC (Assistant Cameraperson)
1st AC (Assistant Cameraperson)
2nd Unit Director of Photography
Director of Photography
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