Profession lighting director

Lighting directors determine what lights are needed during production, according to the video and motion picture director's creative vision. They use the script to design the lighting requirements for each shot. Lighting directors oversee the lighting setup and operation.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Investigative
  • Artistic / Realistic


  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Personal directing styles

    Be familliar with the style of specific directors.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Health and safety regulations

    Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.


  • Keep up with trends

    Monitor and follow new trends and developments in specific sectors.

  • 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.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Consult with production director

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

  • Analyse the need for technical resources

    Define and make a list of the required resources and equipment based on the technical needs of the production.

  • Analyse a script

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

  • Design lighting

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

  • Draw up lighting plan

    Create technical drawings and documentation within the lighting department.

  • Supervise lighting crew

    Supervise the crew responsible for setting up and operating lighting equipment during production of a motion picture or theatre production. Make sure they understand the creative vision and use the right equipment and settings.

  • Use specialised design software

    Developing new designs mastering specialised software.

  • Read lighting plans

    Read the instructions on the light plan to determine the light equipment needed and the right placement.

  • Create solutions to problems

    Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.

  • Finish project within budget

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

Optional knowledge and skills

photography create storyboards manage technical resources stock focus lighting equipment use storyboards prevent technical problems with lighting equipment manage budgets film production process assess power needs electricity operate a lighting console rig lights operate lighting equipment work with the camera crew ensure cooperation among production, costume department and make-up department attend rehearsals work with the director of photography supervise equipment check material rescources