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The camera operator operates the camera under the direction of the director of photography, or the film director, to capture the scenes on film. Depending on the camera format being used for filming (eg film or digital), a director of photography may not operate the camera, but sometimes these two roles are combined.

Usually a trainee in the camera department, the camera PA assists the crew with menial details while learning the trade of the camera assistant, operator or cinematographer.

On digital productions the data wrangler is responsible for managing the transfer of data from the camera to a computer and/or hard drive.

The director of photography is the head of the camera and lighting department of the film. The DoP makes decisions on lighting and framing of scenes in conjunction with the film’s director.

On digital productions the digital imaging technician is responsible for the coordination of the internal workings of the digital camera. Under the direction of the director of photography, the DIT will make adjustments to the multitude of variables available in most professional digital cameras to manipulate the resulting image.

The first assistant camera (1st  AC) is responsible for keeping the camera in focus while it is shooting.

The loader transfers the film from the manufacturer’s light-tight canisters to the camera magazines for attachment to the camera by the 2nd  AC. After filming, the loader then removes the film from the magazines and places it back into the light-tight cans for transport to the lab.

This technician operates a motion control rig, which essentially is a ‘camera robot’ able to consistently repeat camera moves for special effects use.

The second assistant camera (2nd  AC) operates the clapperboard at the beginning of each take and loads the raw film stock into the camera magazines between takes. Also oversees the log books that record when the film stock is received, used, and sent to the lab for processing.

The steadicam operator is someone who is skilled at operating a Steadicam (trademark for a camera stabilization rig).

A video split is used by directors to watch a monitor during each take. This is captured by special recorders fitted to film cameras next to the eye piece.

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