Camera Dept

The camera department is made up of a team of camera specialists who setup, operate and maintain the camera as needed throughout the filming process. The D.P. (Director of Photography) is in charge of deciding composition, framing and movement, while the rest of the camera department has their own specific duties pertaining to setup and maintenance.

Camera Assistant (1st AC)

The 1st AC is the chief assistant to the camera operator. The 1st assistant camera person is in charge of measuring and pulling focus during filming. The 1st AC also threads the film through the camera when a new magazine is loaded. This person also helps setup and build the camera, as well as maintain and clean the camera and lenses. Browse through our production guide below to locate a Colorado based camera assistant (1st AC) working in the film & television industry.

Camera Assistant (2nd AC)

The 2nd AC is also known as the loader. The 2nd assistant camera person is primarily responsible for loading and unloading the new rolls of film into the different magazines, as well as maintaining and filling out all the camera reports for the film lab. This person also runs the slate or clapper to maintain sync and the correct labeling for each and every shot. Browse through our production guide below to locate a Colorado based camera assistant (2nd AC) working in the film & television industry.

Camera Operator

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The camera operator physically controls and operates the camera during filming, under the direction of the D.P. (Director of Photography). The camera operator works closely with both A.C.'s as well. The camera operator controls the shot's framing, and the camera movements as instructed by the director of photography. Browse through our production guide below to locate a Colorado based camera operator working in the film & television industry.

Camera Operator (Aerial)

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The aerial photographer or camera operator is qualified and equipped to film aboard aerial devices. This usually refers to small airplanes and helicopter filming, but more recently, the use of drone cameras are being widely used as well. Browse through our production guide below to locate a Colorado based aerial camera operator working in the film & television industry.

Camera Operator (Jib Arm / Crane)

This person is responsible for setting up and operating the mechanical camera crane also known as the "jib arm". The jib arm is primarily used for large establishing shots that require substantial elevation and smooth motion. Browse through our production guide below to locate a Colorado based jib arm / camera crane operator working in the film & television industry.

Data Wrangling

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This is a relatively new job position that has been created in response to the popular use of digital video formats. The data wrangler is usually responsible for organizing, labeling, downloading, duplicating and reformatting the digital storage disks for use on set and the editing room. Browse through our production guide below to locate a Colorado based data wrangler working in the film & television industry.

Digital Imaging Technician

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This is another new job position that was created in response to the popular use of high-end digital video formats. The digital imaging technician uses various image manipulation methods to achieve the highest possible image quality during the production. This person usually manages the transferring and storage of the image data as well. Browse through our production guide below to locate a Colorado based digital imaging technician working in the film & television industry.

Director of Photography

The director of photography (D.P.) is in charge of the overall visual look of the film, as seen through the camera. They recommend which cameras and lenses to use for the production. They design the shot's framing, and the camera movements in conjunction with the director. They are also in charge of the camera crew, lighting design and collaborating with the gaffer. Browse through our production guide below to locate a Colorado based director of photography working in the film & television industry.

Photographer / Production Stills

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This person takes still photographs and essentially documents the behind-the-scenes making of the production. Often, this person photographs images used for marketing purposes such as movie posters and DVD box art.

Steadicam Owner / Operator

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The steadicam is a camera mounting device that utilizes a mechanical arm attached to a body harness to provide extremely smooth hand-held shots. The steadicam operator is responsible for setting up and operating the steadicam during production. Most steadicam operators are very physically fit due to the amount of strength and endurance needed to operate the steadicam.

Videographer

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This person creates the video that essentially documents the behind-the-scenes making of the movie. This video isn't normally used in the final version of the film. It's only used for the purposes of documentation.