Topics: Photography, Filmmaking, Cinematography Pages: 5 (1566 words) Published: May 22, 2013
Destiny Shiroma
Video Communications I- A4
Career Research
May 20, 2013


Out of the many choices I have to choose from in film careers, I am interested in pursuing a career to actually film. The term for the cameraman is “cinematographer”. The term cinematographer is derived from cinema photographer, and means someone who photographs with moving film. The other title for this person is a “Director of Photography”. I am an independent worker and any career that I would apply for will always be a one-person job. I will immediately complete a task if I work alone, otherwise it will take a while. I understand that I will have to discuss and agree/disagree with people in the production, I have the ability to get along with everyone. I prefer being a cinematographer because I know much about techniques in filming and I want to learn more about it. Although the degree of freedom that cinematographers enjoy depends on the director of the project, it’s more of an independent job because of the task I will be given from the director.

Giving a job description of a cinematographer is quite difficult because the term “cinematographer” can apply to various jobs ranging from camera operator to director of photography. In this case, I’m applying this term towards filming. They are responsible for capturing the film image as required by the script, being supervised by the director. A cinematographer is the person who operates a video camera during motion photography of a movie. These people are also related to digital media and work in a competitive field, even though it can take a while to break into a higher professional level. Cinematographers play a very important and creative role in film production. They give film its unique visual look. They usually monitor the use of photographic and lighting equipment. They are expected to achieve visual effect in accordance with the instructions of director. They are responsible for the selection of camera, lens, filter, and film stock. They have the option to decide about framing and the mode of shooting.

Most the of time cinematographers work unusual and not expected hours. They also might have to travel long distances to the shooting sites. Sometimes, they have to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions. They might become stressed in order to follow the instructions f the director precisely and produce or create the required footage. It can also be a part time job. Mainly well-established production houses, however, offer a full time job. You have to remember that you usually have to start small and work for free to create something much bigger for yourself. In order to get what you want, and get to the level you want to be at, you have to work for it. If you want to be a cinematographer, you must allow yourself to be committed.

In bigger productions the cinematographer does not often operate the camera, but directs and works closely with the camera operator and other camera staff. In some cases, mostly smaller productions, the cinematographer and camera operator are the same person or work the same job. Rarely but sometimes the cinematographer may be involved with location scouting, and will help with planning lighting, film, shot composition, etc. Depending among the director is how much creative control is given to the cinematographer. Sometimes the cinematographer will be given complete control over camera functions and composition, but in other cases the director will make the decisions and the cinematographer is only required to make them happen. The cinematographer may review processed film and make adjustments if necessary.

There are many required skills you have to have in order to be a cinematographer. Being either a director of photography or a camera operator, they need both creative and technical skills to succeed, along with having knowledge of the most up-to-date equipment and technology and the ability/skill to change and work...
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