What is a Cinematographer?

We craft the visual language of moviemaking through lighting, photography, and camerawork. Our technical expertise and artistic talents come together to create meaningful visuals that enhance storytelling.

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This is what I do most days…

I work with artists and sound designers to create and enhance sounds to match the on-screen action.

I collaborate...

I add realism to the audio by creating effects like recording and editing footsteps, handling prop sounds, and more.

I enhance...

I set up and operate camera equipment, overseeing positioning, framing, and movement to capture scenes as planned.

I shoot...

I help develop the visual style and look of the project, sometimes getting to participate in location scouting.

I visualize...

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Thinking about becoming a Cinematographer?

Explore some of the skills you’ll need

to prepare for the role. 


  • Visual storytelling skills
  • Attention to detail  
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to keep up with new technologies
  • Knowledge of framing, balance, and visual aesthetic principles

If you think a job as a Cinematographer might be right for you, print off your Job Report and take it to a parent, teacher or guidance counsellor to talk about what your next steps should be.