Cinematographer

Pork Money Nigeria

Job Summary

Discuss all aspects of script and director’s approach to picture in preliminary talks with director. Analyze script as whole

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Entry level
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description

PorkMoney- We are the leading pig farming enterprise in West Africa. Our objective is welcoming financial partnership from any interested persons around the world. Partners' funds sponsor the purchase and breeding of pigs till maturation. The pigs are then processed, packaged and sold after 11 months. 

Responsibilities: 

Conceptual Research and Design:

  • Analyze story structure
  • Analyze characters
  • Research period, events, general subject and appropriate design elements
  • Devise style, visualize approach
  • Continue talks with director on new ideas
  • Come to agreement with director
  • Discuss and come to agreement with production designer
  • Discuss and come to agreement with technical adviser.

Practical Research and Design:

  • Ascertain or find out budget requirements
  • Scout and approve locations
  • Plot sun position for locations
  • Check local weather
  • Check tide tables near ocean
  • Review, discuss and approve set plans
  • Review, discuss and approve spotting plans for stages
  • Review and approve props, picture cars, airplanes, boats, horse-drawn vehicles, mock-ups and miniatures

Technical Research and Design:

  • Visit laboratory to calibrate, customize and evaluate exposure system for any combination of electronic or chemical image capture, and establish developing, printing, set timing and transfer protocols
  • Visit equipment vendors
  • Explore new equipment
  • Learn how new equipment works
  • Invent (or cause to be invented) special equipment or techniques for show
  • Choose and approve crew, film stock, lab, equipment, second-unit and visual-effects crews
  • Supervise manufacture and testing of new modified equipment Visit sets under construction
  • Approve wild walls, ceiling pieces and any moving set pieces
  • Check lighting-fixture crew
  • Walk locations and stages with all departments to discuss requirements
  • Approve set colors and textures
  • Approve costume colors and textures
  • Approve makeup and hair
  • Generate (or cause to be generated) and approve equipment lists for camera, electric and grip
  • Check dailies screening rooms for correct standards

Implementation:

  • Cast stand-ins
  • Train crew to use any new equipment
  • Walk locations and stages with director and device shooting plan
  • Make list of special equipment for production manager and indicate number of days required
  • Work with assistant director on shooting schedule (order and days required for each scene)
  • Estimate and order film stock (type, size and quantity)
  • Generate (or cause to be generated) and approve rigging and shooting manpower and man-days
  • Assist other departments in getting required equipment, manpower and tests
  • Drop by all departments and visit department heads at least twice a day to answer any questions
  • Mediate any problems between departments
  • Check loading of production trucks or cargo containers for location or international shipping
  • Visit cast run-throughs and rehearsals
  • Advise and back up director on any problems
  • Help production problems

Testing:

  • Shoot tests for style
  • Shoot tests for lab
  • Shoot test for lighting of principal actors
  • Shoot tests for camera and lenses
  • Shoot tests for wardrobe and makeup
  • Shoot tests for any special effects processes, unusual rigs props or methods
  • II Shooting.
  • Planning
  • Check and approve all call sheets and shooting order of the day’s work

Blocking

  • Watch rehearsal of scene to be shot
  • Device shot list with director (coverage)
  • Choose lens and composition; show to director for approval
  • Make sure composition and movement fulfill scene task
  • Work out mechanical problems with camera, dolly and crane grips
  • Set any camera-movement cues
  • Place stand-ins and rehearse, fine-tune
  • Ensure proper coverage of scene for editor
  • Work with assistant director on background action

Lighting:

  • Design lighting to show set/location to best advantage relative to story, style and dramatic content
  • Light each actor to reinforce and reveal character
  • Make sure mood and tone of light help to tell story
  • Design light for minimum reset time between setups
  • Utilize painter for control of highlights, shadows, aging, dusting-down of sets and props
  • Set and match light value, volume, color and contrast of each setup (exposure)
  • Set any lights cues (dimmers, spot lights, color changes and any preprogramming)

Preparation:

  • Work out any sound problems
  • Work out any problems with other departments
  • Check, set and approve all stunts with stunt coordinator
  • Set any additional cameras required for stunts
  • Double-check safety with all concerned
  • Show shot to director to make any final changes
  • Get actors in for final mechanical rehearsal; solve any outstanding problems

Photography:

  • Photograph scene
  • Approve or correct take
  • Check parameters and reset for next take
  • Shoot any plates
  • Shoot any video playback material
  • Make sure that stills are taken of scene

Administrative:

  • Make sure script supervisor has any special camera or lighting notes
  • Check film raw stock inventory
  • Try to shoot up short ends
  • Check that camera logbook is being kept up to date
  • Complete day’s work
  • Discuss first setup for the next day
  • Ensure that camera, electrical and grip crews get all copies of equipment rental or purchase invoices and approve before accountants pay vendors
  • Take care of any future or ongoing production at end of day
  • Check for return of all unused equipment

Training:

  • Teach beginning actors movie technique (hitting marks, size of frame, lenses, etc.)
  • Train camera crew for next job up the ladder I. Contingency
  • If director is disabled, finish day’s shooting for him or her
  • III. Postproduction.

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