an example of why i did not pursue to be a camera operator
The cam in the video above is $94,700 and does not include the viewfinder or the lens.
To this day, field cameras are ridiculously expensive. Yeah, they do amazing things and yeah, they're worth the money, but notice the cardboard he had to attach just to get rid of sun glare. Also notice the tape to use just to feel his way around it while operating.
It really ticks me off when things like that are not taken into consideration by the manufacturer. It's like they weren't even thinking of the operator when they built it.
Could I do the job this guy does? Probably. But I don't pretend for a second that it's easy. It is very difficult. You've got a director barking in your ear constantly and every shot you make must be perfect. Miss just one shot and you'll be hearing about it for weeks.
An idiot would think "Ha! I could do that job no problem!" No, you couldn't. You'd be fired after the first day.
Back in college I operated a stand-up camera on a large mount in a controlled studio environment, and even that was difficult. This guy is battling all the elements outside and getting an earful every 5 seconds. Easy? You call that easy?
I think not. 🙂
More articles to check out
- The guitar some buy in threes because they can: Grote GT-150
- You're not allowed to change a brake light in a new car?
- Unexpected surprise, Casio F201
- Why the Epiphone Explorer is better than the Gibson (for now)
- You should surround yourself in guitar luxury
- Forgotten Gibson: 1983 Map Guitar
- Casio MTP-V003, the one everyone missed
- Just for the look: Peavey Solo guitar amp
- Spacehunter, that '80s movie when 3D was a thing
- The Ice Pirates 1984