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Alternate Titles: Director of Photography, DP
Job Description: The Cinematographer works with the Director to achieve the overall visual aesthetic of a cinematic production.
Salary: $2,000 to $20,000 per week
Director of Photography
Alternate Titles: Cinematographer, DP, DOP
Job Description: The Director of Photography (DP) works with a Director to execute their vision for the script. They are in charge of both Camera and Lighting Departments, creating the visuals that help tell the story.
Salary: $500 to $7,000+ (day rate)
Alternate Titles: Camera Person, Shooter, Steadicam
Job Description: Camera Operators work with the camera team to operate a camera and record the action of a scene on a film set.
Average Annual Salary: $59,000
Alternate Titles: 1st Assistant Camera, Camera Technician
Job Description: The First AC manages the camera gear and crew on a film set. They work under the Cinematographer, recommending cameras, lenses, and other support gear.
Salary: $10 to $31 per hour
Alternate Titles: 2nd Assistant Camera
Job Description: The 2nd Assistant Camera works on the camera team organizing lenses, building camera gear and running the slate.
Salary: $60,000 to $80,000
Alternate Titles: A Dolly Grip, B Dolly Grip
Job Description: Dolly Grips prepare a location or set for camera motion and support the camera any time it is moving. They lay protective flooring according to the scene blocking, hold the camera when it is rigged to any moving vehicle or equipment, and push and pull the dolly along track or across the floor.
Salary: $100,000 to $350,000+