Lighting Technician, Broadcasting/film/video

Lighting Technician, Broadcasting/film/video Job Description

Lighting Technicians ('sparks') Set Up And Operate Lighting Equipment In Television And In Film, Generally Specialising In One Or The Other As The Techniques And Equipment Differ. The Lighting Team's Work Is Crucial As Lighting Creates The Right Atmosphere To Evoke An Audience's Response And Demands High-level Technical And Creative Skills.

Many Lighting Technicians Begin Their Career As Apprentice Lighting Technicians, Lighting Electricians Or Lighting Assistants. In Film, A More Experienced Technician Can Specialise As A Moving Light Operator, Practical Light Operator, Genny Operator Or Console Operator, Or Take A Supervisory Post As A 'best Boy'.

Lighting Technician, Broadcasting/film/video Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • reviewing footage shots with the director;
  • liaising with the floor manager, producer and sound technician throughout the project.
  • visiting and assessing locations for technical purposes;
  • conducting risk assessments for health and safety purposes;
  • establishing lighting requirements;
  • plotting the lighting;
  • liaising with the director and/or other staff to interpret their creative vision into the lighting design;
  • managing the lighting budget and advising on the purchase/hire of suitable equipment;
  • working as part of a large crew, especially on feature films;
  • deciding on the lighting crew numbers and equipment needed and then employing the crew and hiring the equipment;
  • programming and operating lighting consoles;
  • supervising the focusing of lighting at rehearsals;
  • operating and maintaining equipment during the shoot;
  • changing lighting between shots, as necessary;
  • de-rigging all equipment at the end of the broadcast or production and ensuring it is safely transported away from the location and/or stored;
  • coordinating the equipment and the technical crew and training other crew members as required;
  • assembling all the lighting and filter equipment needed;
  • ensuring all lighting equipment is in working order and organising any necessary scaffolding and cranes;
  • pre-rigging the lighting and ensuring all cables and wires are safely concealed;
  • loading automated colour change systems;

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