Duties and Responsibilities of the Cinematographer

This was first published in 2003 by the ASC but it is still a valuable and can easily adpated for digital capture.

The cinematographer’s responsibilities as outlined below is an attempt to describe the duties a cinematographer is likely to encounter during his/her career. No two jobs are the same and the duties will contract or expand depending on the scale and complexity of the job. As can be seen, there is a vast amount that a cinematographer is required to know and do and this can only be learnt over a number of years of filming. Our thanks to John Hora ASC who drew up this list for publication in the American Cinematographer magazine. It has been slightly adapted for this website to reflect Indian technical terminology.

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