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  • Skilled Occupation PROFESSIONALS Arts and Media Professionals > Media Professionals Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors Director of Photography


      Alternative Title:

      Plans, directs and coordinates filming to control the quality and style of photography in films or videos.

      Skill Level: 1

    Average Income:
    The average salary for a Director of Photography is $ 79,769 for male employees and $ 66,130 for female employees per year.
    Average Age: Males: 41.2 Females: 36.7 Persons: 40.0
    [See: www.abs.gov.au 2123 Film television radio and stage directors - Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2016]

    Australian visa options for Cinematographer (Director of Photography)

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    Visa processing times-months (75%)
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    Visa processing times-months (90%)

    Director of Photography categories in Group B.

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    Director of Photography job description, duties and education requirements


      FILM, TELEVISION, RADIO AND STAGE DIRECTORS direct the artistic and production aspects of film, television, radio and stage productions.

      Indicative Skill Level:

      In Australia and New Zealand:

        Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. Some occupations in this unit group require high levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications or experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

      Tasks Include:
      • studying scripts and scenarios to determine theme and setting
      • assessing locations and staging requirements for productions in association with specialist designers
      • overseeing creative aspects of film, television, radio and stage productions
      • determining lighting, film, shutter angles, filter factors, camera distance, depth of field and focus, angles of view and other variables to achieve desired mood and effect
      • viewing film and video tape to evaluate and select scenes and determine which scenes need to be re-shot
      • planning and organising the preparation and presentation of programs
      • supervising the positioning of scenery, props and lighting and sound equipment
      • assessing technical requirements of productions by studying scripts and discussing program content, set locations and stage directions with production team
      • creating, planning, writing scripts for, recording, videotaping and editing programs


      Sources: www.abs.gov.au and DIBP

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