1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Director of Photography

Plans, directs and coordinates filming to control the quality and style of photography in films and videos.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification or at least 5 years relevant experience. This occupation requires high levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications or experience.

Tasks Include:
  • confers with the Film or Television Director regarding the filming of scenes
  • surveys sets or locations, observes effects of lighting, measures lighting levels and coordinates changes prior to filming
  • selects cameras, accessories, equipment and film stock
  • determines lighting, film, shutter angles, filter factors, camera distance, depth of field and focus, angles of view and other variables
  • instructs Camera Operators regarding camera set-up, angles, distances, movement and other variables
  • signals cues to start and stop filming
  • views films and videos after processing and makes adjustments to produce desired effects

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