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Camera Operator

Internet Filmmakers' FAQ

The Cinematographer's right-hand man. The Camera Operator does exactly what their title suggests - operate the camera. The director also works very closely with the Camera Operator to ensure that their vision is captured on film in the desired way. Although they rarely get any glory, the Camera Operator is one of a select few in a film production who are directly responsible for what you see on screen. Because of the requirements of this relationship, good camera operators often work for the same director and/or cinematographer on all of their films.

Answer by Benjamin Craig  |  Last updated 29-Nov-2004


Older Comments

Chris Anderson  |  10-Nov-2009
While a camera operator is primarily responsible for physically operating the camera, it is the focus puller, or first assistant camera, who is responsible for keeping the camera properly focused during a shoot.