Cinematography is the process of shooting and development of the film. It means, bringing Film Director’s story to life visually, by using camera, light and other tools to make a film. In cinematography, there are various jobs ranging from camera operator to director of photography. But, mostly its director of photography, who is in limelight and rest of the designations are the one who assist or work in a director of photography’s team.
There are various types of jobs in the field of photography, but all these jobs are only the stepping stones to become a cinematographer, if one aims to become something big in this field. Some of the jobs in the field of cinematography are:
* Director of Photography: The Director of Photography is the chief of the camera and lighting crew of the film. He makes decisions on lighting and framing of shots in conjunction with the film's director.
* Cinematographer: It is usually synonymous with Director of Photography, though some professionals insist this only applies when the Director of Photography and Camera Operator are the same person.
* Camera Operator: The Camera Operator uses the camera at the direction of the Cinematographer, Director of Photography, or the film Director to capture the scenes on film or video.
* First Assistant Camera/Focus Puller: The First Assistant Camera, or Focus Puller, is responsible for keeping the camera in focus as it is shooting, as well as building the camera at the beginning of the day and taking it apart at the end.
* Second Assistant Camera/Clapper Loader: The Second Assistant Camera, 2nd AC or Clapper loader, operates the clapperboard at the beginning of each take and loads the raw film stock or blank videocassette into the camera magazines between takes, if there is no additional specifically designated Film Loader.
Some of the other Job technicians are:
* Film Loader
* Camera Production Assistant
* Digital Imaging Technician