10 The Camera Department

DOI: 10.4324/9781003324201-12

Like the art department, the camera department is one of the few whose entire work is seen on screen. Camerapeople are extremely meticulous. Every little focal length and lens must be tended to with care. This is one department where using only a few people because of the budget could cause trouble for you. Furthermore, in this department, it is essential that your crew have experience. With experience also comes a sense of urgency that is very valuable on set. A slow camera team can slow down your shoot like no other department.

Camera teams usually work together regularly. I once worked on a film where the director of photography (DP) was fired. Not only did the camera team leave with ...

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