Camera Supervising - could you organise a shoot?
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An average day starts at around 8am. Four cameras need to be rigged and lined up to ensure that the colours are matching. By 8.15am the first scene of the day is rehearsed. 25 or 30 scenes are recorded in a day.
The camera supervisor meets with the crew to interpret the director's script. They work out where the cameras should be for each scene so that there's no delay when moving from set to set.
Whilst the camera supervisor must understand the camera and recording technology, the job is also creative. Directors often rely upon the camera supervisor to help them achieve good results.
Action-packed stunt scenes are the greatest challenge for the camera supervisor. Car chases and special effects need careful planning and imagination.
One episode saw Phil
s car careering into the Thames
. This required painstaking planning as the scene could only be shot once. Six cameras
shot the stunt which involved catapulting the car from a canon attached to a large lorry!
Most of the crew enjoy the opportunity to see some different scenery. Most of the locations are close to the studios at Elstree, however, certain scenes require travelling abroad.
"In the end, I used chocolate mousse, porridge, sponge fingers and jelly..."