Director of Photography Job Description

Director Of Photography Job Description

May 16th, 2019

The Director of Photography works alongside a Film Director and is responsible for a film's visual elements. Their primary duties include developing a film's visual style, determining lighting and composition and planning camera angles.

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We are looking for visually creative candidates with expertise in camera work and lighting equipment. The Director of Photography is responsible for ordering and testing camera and lighting equipment, supervising a camera and lighting crew and editing a film's visual elements in post production, among other duties.

Photography Directors need to work alongside a Film Director and help determine narrative elements through visual style.

Director of Photography Responsibilities:

  • Developing a film's visual style.
  • Determining lighting requirements on set.
  • Deciding on the best camera angles and frames for scenes.
  • Ordering and testing lighting and camera equipment.
  • Supervising a camera crew and directing camera movement.
  • Selecting the appropriate film stock.
  • Determining camera aperture settings.
  • Controlling natural or artificial lighting conditions.
  • Liaising with electricians to ensure adequate electrical supply.
  • Determining elements such as filters, shutter angles, focus, depth of field and camera distance.
  • Editing visual elements in post production.

Director of Photography Requirements:

  • Degree in Film, Art or Photography advantageous.
  • A reel of visual work.
  • Creative visual thinking.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Good technical camera operating skills.

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