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Film and Television Lighting Operator

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training VOC Course Interview Subject Prerequisites Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Lighting Designer and Gaffer.

Film and television lighting operators position, set up and operate lighting equipment to light sets or studios during stage performances, television broadcasts or film productions.

Film and television lighting operators are responsible, both creatively and technically, for lighting interior and exterior scenes and must achieve desired effects through the placement, intensity and colour of lighting.

In film production, film and television lighting operators are called gaffers and their assistants are known as best boys.

Film and television lighting operators may be required to travel to remote locations.

They usually work irregular hours or shifts.

TASKS

    Film and television lighting operators may perform the following tasks:

  • study scripts and discuss lighting effects with production staff
  • coordinate activities with electrical crew when putting up metal scaffolding to support lighting equipment
  • select and position equipment such as spotlights and floodlights
  • arrange and connect cables to electrical supplies using portable junction boxes
  • operate lights during filming or broadcasting and vary intensity of light using various filters and reflective screens
  • maintain and repair lighting equipment
  • arrange for transportation of equipment to remote locations

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • patient
  • enjoy the technical aspects of film and television production
  • able to work as part of a team
  • creative

Interest Area

Artistic/Creative Manual/Practical

EDUCATION & TRAINING


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training VOC Course Interview Subject Prerequisites Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

You can work as a film and television lighting operator without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications.

You may like to consider a VOC qualification in media, screen and media, live production and services or a related area. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.

You can also become a film and television lighting operator through a traineeship in Media, Screen and Media or Live Production and Services.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.


Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Live Performance and Entertainment or Screen and Media Training Packages that will expand your career opportunities within these industries.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Film and television lighting operators are employed by television stations and film and television production companies. Competition for entry-level positions is very strong.

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