The camera operator is responsible for capturing footage during a film or video production. Working closely with the director and the director of photography (DP), the camera operator operates the camera to capture the desired shots, movements, and angles.
A camera operator has a strong understanding of the technical aspects of camera work, including focus, exposure, and framing. They should also have a strong sense of visual storytelling and be able to make creative decisions on the fly. The camera operator must be able to work quickly and efficiently, adapting to changes in lighting, blocking, and other elements of the production.
In addition to operating the camera, the camera operator may also be responsible for setting up and maintaining camera equipment, and assisting the DP with other tasks as needed.