- Outside broadcast
- On Location
Generally, director or a research tend to give the location to the camera operator to record footage.
Typical Work Activities
- Assembling, preparing and setting up equipment prior to filming, which may include tripod, monitors, lighting, cables and leads, and headphones.
- A camera operator usually work under the direction of a director. A camera operator can also work for a director of photography and may be supported by a camera assistant. the roles involves a mix of technical and creative skills.
- Studying scripts and taking cues from the director or floor manager.
- Being prepared to innovate and experiment with ideas.
- practicing the camera moves required for pre-arranged shots.
- Working closely with other technical department such as lighting and sound.
- Driving crew, actors and equipment to and from location.
- Camera operator is responsible for the first and second camera assistant and camera training.
- Offering advice on how best to shoot a scene, explaining impact created by particular shots.
- Finding solution to technical and other practical problems( for an outside broadcast, for example, the natural light condition need to be taken into account when setting up shots)
- Planing shots - when filming an expensive drama scene, such as explosion, there may be only one chance to get things right so shots need to be meticulously planned beforehand.
- Working quickly, especially as timing is such an important factor.
- Taking instruction from the director or the director of photography.