Profession director of photography

Directors of photography are responsible for the visual interpretation of the script and all photography components of the film, including framing, colouring, lightning, style and locations. They create the visual look of the film or television programme and select the filming equipment, including the lens and filters. Directors of photography manage the visual equipment operators and lighting technicians. They work together with the video and motion picture director to achieve the desired effect.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Investigative
  • Artistic / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Film production process

    The various development stages of making a film, such as scriptwriting, financing, shooting, editing, and distribution.

  • Cinematography

    The science of recording light and electromagnetic radiation in order to create a motion picture. The recording can happen electronically with an image sensor or chemically on light sensitive materials such as film stock.

  • Lighting techniques

    The characteristics of techniques used to create atmospheres and effects on camera or on stage; the equipment required and appropriate setup to use.

  • Photography

    Art and practice of creating aesthetically appealing images by recording light or electromagnetic radiation.

  • Audiovisual equipment

    The characteristics and usage of different tools that stimulate the sight and audio senses.

Skills

  • Watch scenes

    Watch raw scenes and shots after shooting to ensure quality. Decide which shots will be used and what needs to be edited.

  • Consult with production director

    Consult with the director, producer and clients throughout the production and post-production process.

  • Supervise camera crew

    Supervise the camera crew to make sure they use the right equipment, angles, frames, shots, etc., according to the creative vision.

  • Work with pre-production team

    Consult with the pre-production team about expectations, requirements, budget, etc.

  • Supervise sound production

    Supervise the creation of sound and decide which music and sounds to use for the movie and theatre production.

  • Develop creative ideas

    Developing new artistic concepts and creative ideas.

  • Adapt to type of media

    Adapt to different types of media such as television, movies, commercials, and others. Adapt work to type of media, scale of production, budget, genres within type of media, and others.

  • Study media sources

    Study various media sources such as broadcasts, print media, and online media in order to gather inspiration for the development of creative concepts.

  • Finish project within budget

    Make sure to stay within budget. Adapt work and materials to budget.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

  • Design lighting

    Design the right atmosphere and an aesthetically appealing film with light. Give instructions on which equipment, settings, and cues should be used.

  • Work with motion picture editing team

    Work together with the motion picture editing team during post-production. Make sure the finished product is according to specifications and creative vision.

  • Ensure visual quality of the set

    Inspect and amend the scenery and set-dressing to make sure the visual quality is optimal with in constraints of time, budget and manpower.

  • Translate artistic concepts to technical designs

    Cooperate with the artistic team in order to facilitate the transition from the creative vision and its artistic concepts to a technical design.

  • Analyse a script

    Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.

Optional knowledge and skills

hire human resources select camera apertures multimedia systems liaise with event sponsors file-based workflow operate a camera work with playwrights adapt a script edit recorded sound photographic processing techniques edit digital moving images ict software specifications supervise a script perform video editing read scripts set up cameras attend rehearsals