Camera Operator

What does a Camera Operator do?

Camera Operator

  • The camera operator records what needs to be flimed, for example, they make sure the shot is clear before they flim. The camera operator works with the director, actors, and the crew that's working on the movie that the camera operator is fliming. The camera operator has to be very careful with the camera if he wants a good shot of the scene he's fliming. After they finish fliming the camera operator reviews the flim to see if it's perfect. If it's perfect then they are done with the shot, but if its not, the camera operator has to reshoot the scene.

Camera Operator

How to operate the Camera

Step 1: Put the camera on the tripod
Step 2: Turn the camera on
Step 3: Make sure its steady
Step 4: Then you white balance by focusing on a white sheet of paper
Step 5: Now your ready to film the shot


  1. Don't drop the camera
  2. Don't get it wet
  3. Don't touch the screen
  4. Don't throw the camera around like a toy
  5. Don't horseplay while holding the camera
  6. Don't run with the camera
  7. Keep all food and drinks away from the camera

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  • Canon XL-1s: The Canon's XL-1s makes it possible to customize your shooting experience. The image quality is amazing and the easy standard features make the XL-1s perfect for those with fairly new to the game. The Canon XL-1s is many different cameras in one. The camera can be used with different lenses and viewfinders to allow it to be tailored for any shooting condition. Canon also does a good job by offering a full range of accessories to be used with the XL-1s. The Canon Xl-1s is perfect for any type of shooting, big or small, beginning or professional. The XL-1s has even been used to make studio films such as Full Frontal and 28 Days Later. Anthony Dod Mantle, DFF injects the apocalyptic 28 Days Later with a strain of digital video

Filming Tips

  • No Zooming: With zooming there is one rule you must follow, and that is if you can get the shot by moving closer to the subject instead of zooming, then do it. Zooming is the lazy way out of getting a closer shot and typically lessens the quality of the shot. Also shooting hand-held you may never zoom. Hand-held shooting is typically shakey to begin with and zooming in would increase the shakiness of the shot.
  • Rule of Thirds: This divides your shot frame into thirds horizontally as well as vertically. (See picture of snowman)
Rule of thirds

  • Proper Lighting: The proper lighting technique is known as Three point lighting. This lighting consists of three separate lights: Key, Fill, and Back.
Key: Should be your strongest light source. Primary light of the scene, all other lights should be placed around it.
Fill: Main purpose is to fill in harsh shadows created by the key light.
Back: Weakest of the three lights. Used to separate the subject from the background, and to lessen shadows created by the first two lights.

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  • Watch Background Clutter: Background clutter in most instances is not needed and just makes the shot seem ugly or amateur
  • Use a Tripod- Shooting by hand should never happen in a professional movie. Using a tripod helps the shot stay still and reduces the amount of shaking in a shot which makes a shot look more amateur
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