Work settings vary; you might be filming in a television studio, which may be hot and crowded, on a film set, on location in buildings not designed for an influx of high-tech lighting equipment, or on outside broadcasts, where you may have to deal with adverse weather conditions.
A great deal of heavy lifting is required and working at heights is common, for example on walkways above the studio floor, on ladders, scaffolding or on cranes.
Protective clothing, including hard hats, safety boots and overalls, is often required to meet health and safety requirements.
Working freelance impacts on your ability to plan holidays in advance, take career breaks, and undergo training. Some technicians find freelance work stressful due to the uncertainty of finding work and an irregular income.
Long periods away from home on location are common.
Stress can be high at more senior levels as mistakes are expensive and your career may depend on your technical and creative abilities.
plotting the lighting;
assembling all the lighting and filter equipment needed;
ensuring all lighting equipment is in working order and organising any necessary scaffolding and cranes;
conducting risk assessments for health and safety purposes;
pre-rigging the lighting and ensuring all cables and wires are safely concealed;
loading automated colour change systems;
checking the focusing of lighting at rehearsals;
operating and maintaining equipment during the shoot;
changing lighting between shots, as necessary;
programming and operating lighting consoles;
de-rigging all equipment at the end of the broadcast or production and ensuring it is safely transported away from the location and/or stored;
working as part of a large crew, especially on feature films;
reviewing footage shots with the director;
liaising with the floor manager, producer and sound technician throughout the project.
With experience or working at a more senior level, the work may also involve:
excellent colour vision;
good technical knowledge;
attention to detail;
the ability to work as part of a team;
effective communication skills;
patience and sensitivity to the needs of actors and other professionals on set;
awareness of health and safety issues at all times;
a good level of physical fitness.
To be successful at freelance work, you must have good networking skills, be willing and able to deal with financial matters, such as tax and invoicing, and be customer focused.
A degree is not necessary for this role but subjects such as electrical engineering or physics may be useful for the technical side.
Foundation Degree in following:
sound, light and live event technology;
theatre arts, lighting and sound operation.
Most new entrants are qualified electricians who have obtained skills through vocational-training courses such as those offered by:
It is absolutely vital to gain relevant pre-entry experience, either paid or voluntary. This can include getting a job as a technician to begin with to allow you to build up practical experience. There may be useful opportunities at university or college, such as working on a student film project.
You can try joining amateur dramatic companies or drama societies at university or college as an understanding of lighting for the stage will give you a good grounding in the technical aspects of the job.
The BBC runs work experience schemes that involve working in studios, allowing trainees to gain experience with lighting. It is also worth seeking out amateur video makers and postgraduate film students and offering to help light their projects.
Opportunities may be available with regional screen agencies, or it may be possible to get work experience with a professional lighting director.
Relevant short courses that will develop your skills and show your interest in the work are run by Creative Skillset: The Sector Skills Council for the Creative Industries.
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