How be a successful freelance camera operator

how to be a success full cameraman

When it comes to hiring a camera operator or DOP, clients and Producers are looking for talented and reliable crew. Typically Producers will not take a chance on a using a new crew member unless they come recommended. Even then they will only use new crew on a small shoot to see how you go. It can be a hard road and many don’t make it, but if you run your business of being a camera operator well you will make.

So how do you set yourself up for success and make sure you will be financially viablae and around for the next shoot?

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Working as a cameraman

Whats is it like to be a TV cameraman

What’s it like working as a cameraman? Well you need a lot of talents but maybe not the ones that come to your mind first. You need patience, problem solving abilities and people skills not to mention powers of negotiation and navigation, then you need a good eye too. Continue reading “Working as a cameraman”

Choosing the right location to shoot your video

How to plan a shoot location

To make a great photographs, video or film the first thing you need is somewhere to shoot. Choosing that location is harder than it sounds. There are many factors that you need to take into account to ensure the shoot in that location goes smoothly.

Location, location, location is not just for real estate, it also vital to making great images and videos. In a way where you film is almost as important as what you film. A great location will provide you with photographic / cinematic opportunities to sets the tone and tells a story of its own.
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Film set lingo, Film Terminology or on set slang

Film terminology and terms

Like any job, there is shorthand and slang thrown about on sets, but the difference in this profession is how prevalent it truly is. The idea behind Onset jargon is for speed and efficiency and is vital to communication. Film, TV and video all have a very rich lexicon of terms and it is important that you are familiar and understand the terms.
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External recorder or monitor-recorder: why do I need one?

best on camera recorder

Deciding on new camera gear is always tough and you have to focus on which product is right for you.

I have owned and used on camera monitor-recorders for a long time. I originally bought a Atomos Samurai when I bought one of the first Red One cameras in Australia. The reason this was a great option to add to the Red camera was because it allowed me record a video stream with matching file names and timecode (to the RAW recording) the Red camera was doing. This allowed more options in post production as well as allowing for playback on set. This was in the very early days of the Red before the cameras could play back the footage. These two features alone were more than enough reason to buy the Atomos.
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Great shooting and Visual effects breakdown of John Wick 2

Have you ever wondered how they shot that, specially in an action packed car chase scenes. Well here is the answers, Darrin Prescott, the stunt coordinator describes how they shot the opening scene from “John Wick 2.”
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Tips for making a great video shooting schedule

Write a great shoot schedule

Given that a shooting schedule can quite literally make or break a production, the value of a good shooting schedule cannot be understated.

It doesn’t matter if you are working on a multi-million dollar shoot or a $500 short film with a couple of friends, planning, a shooting schedule will not only save you a lot more time than you put into it, but it’ll also make the experience a whole lot easier and more enjoyable.
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