Become A Cameraman: The Eyes Behind The Movies.

Become A Cameraman

The term ?cameraman? has become a lexical conundrum in that it is not only confined to holding the camera in a certain direction and recording material to be filmed. The intricacies and technicalities of this job are far more widespread in that the cameraman is responsible for the way the audience views the content. He is the eyes behind the film and he controls the narrative being delivered to the audience.

Job Of A Cameraman:

The cameraman is responsible for assessing the angle from where the shot is to be taken, one that incorporates all aspects of the scene and concentrates on the emotions being delivered by the performers. He uses lighting, staging, focusing and filtering to achieve a specific visual look for broadcast television or motion pictures. Therefore, it is imperative that he has a strong hold over the technology as well as an expertise over the surrounding factors that govern a recording. He must have excellent hand-eye coordination wherein he is able to. Perceive a change in scene and steadily move the camera across to effectively capture the intentions of the director. He makes creative decisions affecting the picture?s lighting, camera motion, shot color, depth of field; as well as scene composition with regards to actor positioning, zoom, lens usage and techniques.

One of India?s most notable cameramen, who has redefined Indian cinema is Mr. K K. Mahajan. He received four National Awards for his incredible work and contribution towards the arts industry. He was the eyes behind over 80 feature films and easily over 100 commercials. The 1960?s and 70?s saw the release of path breaking films like Mrinal Sen?s Bhuvan Shome (1969), Basu Chatterjee?s Sara Akash (1969), Mani Kaul?s Uski Roti (1970) and Kumar Shahani?s Maya Darpan (1972) and all these films had one thing in common- K.K. Mahajan. He was the most versatile artist in that he was able to adapt to the various demands of each varying project and also meet the needs of each of these directors vision. He displayed an inherent talent for capturing the right moments in the right lighting with the right emotion. His work has inspired a generation of new cameramen and has resounded the principle that contrary to popular belief, cinema is in fact an interactive experience.


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