Cinematographer without too much knowledge in electricity
Posted 15 June 2010 - 04:52 AM
I am really good and experienced at camera operation but not really experienced in lighting and electricity. Can I still be considered a cinematographer? I think that a gaffer can do that job for me. I could direct the lights but he would do the rest. I like to concentrate in the camera.
What do you think?
Posted 15 June 2010 - 09:10 AM
But for the most part, your gaffer and electrics will be the ones taking care of this and you do get to just focus on the camera and where to put the lights. There are some gaffers whom I trust enough to just say "give me a little warm kiss in that corner" without saying how to do it, and others where I'll tell them very specifically, throw a 2K out the window with 1/4 cto on it and give me 1/2 spot.
Posted 15 June 2010 - 10:54 AM
It's refreshing to work with a Cinematographer or DP who describes the look they wish to achieve with "broad strokes" and allows the Gaffer to exhibit a little creativity in his implementation. When its "roughed in", we'll can tweak it together.
Typical stinger used on the set is 12 gauge and is rated at 20 amperes.
Posted 15 June 2010 - 11:00 AM
Posted 15 June 2010 - 11:18 AM
I went from being an electrician to lighting and found my former experience invaluable. Can't imagine doing it otherwise. If you anticipate always being on a shoot with a proper gaffer or electrician then you don't need to know too much about electricity. But that means you never anticipate doing small shoots where you plug in the lights yourself..? Really, someone handling lights should know enough to not be a safety hazard to himself and everyone else.