What is it like to be a camera operator in a professional environment? And is it lots of fun? Thanks
What's it like being a Camera Operator?
Posted 21 June 2014 - 07:26 AM
It is fun. However, remember that these days with the emphasis on handheld, it is back breaking. So don't get swayed by any notions of glamour. Go for it if you are passionate about it.
Posted 22 June 2014 - 10:21 PM
If you work in reality, documentary, or broadcast, it's a lot harder. The camera is generally on your shoulder 100% of the time and you will do very long takes day after day while a technical director yells direction in your ear over comms. And you rarely get pampered by grips or ACs because a lot of the time there isn't one. Of course, there are a lot more jobs in these fields these days than in commercials of features.