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Cinematographer

Overview: Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to photograph images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.
Duties: Operate television or motion picture cameras to record scenes for television broadcasts, advertising, or motion pictures. Compose and frame each shot, applying the technical aspects of light, lenses, film, filters, and camera settings to achieve the effects sought by directors. Edit video for broadcast productions, including non-linear editing. Adjust positions and controls of cameras, printers, and related equipment to change focus, exposure, and lighting. Confer with directors, sound and lighting technicians, electricians, and other crew members to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, desired effects, camera movements, and lighting requirements. Set up and perform live shots for broadcast. Set up cameras, optical printers, and related equipment to produce photographs and special effects. Assemble studio sets, and select and arrange cameras, film stock, audio, or lighting equipment to be used during filming. Test, clean, maintain, and repair broadcast equipment, including testing microphones, to ensure proper working condition. Use cameras in any of several different camera mounts such as stationary, track-mounted, or crane-mounted.
Degree(s): A.S. Digital Art and Design 
A.A.S. Internet and Information Technology 
A.A.S. Music Production 
A.S. Theatre: Concentrations in Acting or Technical Theatre 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 2% to 4% from 2014 to 2024, which is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Recommended Skills:
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Watching gauges and any other types of indicators to make sure equipment is running properly.
  • Operating equipment and machinery.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.