Cinematographer – T-Shirt Tuesday

When it comes to a beautiful film, a commercial, or music video, we always refer to the beautiful cinematography. The work of a cinematographer.
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When it comes to a beautiful film, a commercial, or a music video–we always refer to the beautiful cinematography. A Cinematographer has a really unique and awesome job. That’s right, I said “awesome!” They are the head of the camera department and collaborate with the Director.

WHAT DOES A CINEMATOGRAPHER DO?

Their job, on the surface level, is to translate the Director’s vision through everything that is in the frame.

WHO WORKS UNDER THE CINEMATOGRAPHER?

Cinematographers sometimes have Camera Operators, and other times operate the camera themselves. It depends on a few factors such as budget and personal preference. And maybe a little bit of control-freak’ness.

Each Camera Operator will usually have a First Camera Assistant who typically builds the camera. They will also assists the Camera Operator with everything and anything they need. This includes grabbing the heavy camera rig so the Operator can rest between takes.

The Second Camera Assistant is usually the one you’ll hear saying “Fifth Element. Scene 3. Take 1.” *CLACK* They arguably have the funnest job, but also a very intricate one. We also have roles like Dolly Grip that operates the dolly, pretty self explanatory.

WHO DOES THE LIGHTING?

Beyond that you have your Gaffer that works closely with the Cinematographer/Director of Photography on coordinating the lighting setups for each scene. Reporting directly to the Gaffer are the lighting & electric department of Grips, or Grip Ninjas as I like to call them.

That about rounds out the most common roles found on a film set within the camera department.

What is your favorite role on a film set? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to chat.

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