Cinematographer - Salary and Career
Technicians in Operation of Projection Apparatus

Cinematographer - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They operate film projection apparatus and corresponding image and sound production equipment, check the operation of projection equipment. They assemble and disassemble films and add-ons, project films, control the quality of film viewing, operate VCR and video wall (screen).

How much does an Cinematographer earn

A Cinematographer earns between $1.216 and $4.085 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.892 and a median salary of $1.660 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 416 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Cinematographer

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.892 22.702 473 9
1º Quartile 1.216 14.598 304 6
Median Salary 1.660 19.917 415 8
3º Quartile 3.115 37.384 779 15
Higher Salary 4.085 49.020 1.021 20

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • technicians in sound, scenography and projection equipment operation
        • technicians in operation of projection apparatus

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Main workplaces

Technicians in Operation of Projection Apparatus they work in film companies and in recreational, cultural and sporting activities. They are salaried workers, with a formal contract, who work individually, under occasional supervision. They work during the day and night, on weekends and holidays, in movie theaters. In some activities they are subject to high temperatures, noise, radiation and toxic material.

What does it take to work in the field of Technicians in Operation of Projection Apparatus

The exercise of the occupation of operator-maintainer of a cinematographic projector requires a technical course in electronics. For the cinematographic projector operator, elementary education plus professional qualification of four hundred class hours is required, and experience with the type of equipment to operate is a determining factor for hiring. The full performance of activities in both occupations occurs after one year of professional practice.

Functions and activities of Cinematographer

Technicians in Operation of Projection Apparatus must:

  • mount the movies;
  • check the operation of projection equipment;
  • project movie;
  • project the movie;
  • dismantle movies;
  • operate vcr and videowall;
  • project the film;
  • assembling the films;
  • control the display quality;
  • check the operation of the projection equipment;
  • disassemble films;
  • operate vcr and video wall;
  • control the exhibition quality;
  • control display quality;
  • film editing;
  • make the film editing;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • disassemble movies;
  • unmount movies;
  • movie editing;
  • dismantle films;
  • check the operation of the projector equipment;
  • assemble the films;
  • mount films;
  • projecting the movie;

  • Activities

    • monitor projection;
    • check the sound and film type of the film;
    • perform first level maintenance;
    • modify the sound system for the video;
    • putting the movie into the projector;
    • mark the movie parts;
    • separate the movie parts and add-ons;
    • clean the projection booth equipment;
    • fill out the movie review bulletin;
    • perform second and third level maintenance;
    • test the sound;
    • adapt to different equipment;
    • review the movie;
    • show organization;
    • demonstrate auditory, visual and tactile sensitivity;
    • turn the video projector on and off;
    • identify the names of parts of projection equipment;
    • meet schedules;
    • review the movie;
    • save films in cans;
    • adjust focus;
    • rewind movie;
    • prepare the output of movies;
    • monitor the sound volume;
    • fix minor issues;
    • check the name and parts of the film;
    • fit the lens and mask to the film;
    • lubricate the projection booth equipment;
    • monitor the exhibition room;
    • monitor the projection of a film in several rooms simultaneously;
    • demonstrate initiative;
    • testing the xenon lamp;
    • show organization;
    • end movie projection;
    • control the lighting of the screening room;
    • watch over the projection booth;
    • demonstrate diffuse attention;
    • assembling the film and accessories;
    • make the test section;
    • update yourself;
    • control the showroom lighting;
    • paste film ends;
    • monitor the air conditioning system;
    • operate multiple devices simultaneously;
    • check the oil level of the equipment;
    • check the time of the film and complements;
    • set the tape in place;
    • check the movie review bulletin;
    • test auto pass (projector change);
    • arrange the technical visit;
    • detect problems;
    • separate movie parts and add-ons;
    • start movie projection;
    • deal with daily stress;
    • demonstrate a spirit of dedication;
    • turn the video on and off;
    • check the time of the film and accessories;
    • show responsibility;
    • adapt the sound system;
    • check the cinema schedule;
    • activate the projection equipment commands;

    Sectors that hire Cinematographer the most in the job market

    • movie screening activities
    • manufacture of raw sugar
    • temporary labor lease
    • preparatory courses for contests
    • sound recording and music editing activities
    • rental of other commercial and industrial machinery and equipment, without operator
    • production of films for advertising
    • filming parties and events
    • manufacture of wood frames wood parts for industrial and commercial installations
    • open television activities

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