Illuminator (television) - Salary and Career
Motion Capturers

Illuminator (television) - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They capture images through film and video cameras for the realization of cinematographic, television and multimedia productions, with artistic, journalistic, documentary and advertising content. They capture moving images, visually interpret the script, execute the photographic concept and organize the production of images, constantly dialoguing with the work team.

How much does an Illuminator (television) earn

A Illuminator (television) earns between $1.045 and $6.338 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.230 and a median salary of $1.300 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 271 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Illuminator (television)

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.230 26.757 557 13
1º Quartile 1.045 12.540 261 6
Median Salary 1.300 15.600 325 8
3º Quartile 4.834 58.006 1.208 29
Higher Salary 6.338 76.059 1.585 38

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • technicians in camera, film and television operation
        • motion capturers

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Main workplaces

Motion Capturers they work in cultural, sports and entertainment activities, in private or public companies, foundations and public administration bodies, as salaried workers (illuminator and camera operator) or on their own (director of photography). The work is carried out as a team, under permanent supervision, in the most diverse environments, at irregular hours. In the exercise of some activities, they may remain in uncomfortable positions for prolonged periods, as well as being exposed to the effects of intense noise, high temperatures, great heights and subject to pressure to meet deadlines.

What does it take to work in the field of Motion Capturers

For the exercise of these occupations, a minimum of high school education and a vocational course of up to two hundred class hours (lighting and TV and video camera operator) and a high school technical course (director of photography) are required. The full performance of activities occurs after three or four years of experience.

Functions and activities of Illuminator (television)

Motion Capturers must:

  • execute photographic concept;
  • capture moving images;
  • capturing moving images;
  • perform concept photography;
  • organize image production;
  • visually interpret the script;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • run concept photography;
  • execute concept photography;
  • visually interpret the screenplay;
  • communicate;

  • Activities

    • positioning lighting fixtures;
    • inform departments of image capture needs;
    • propose photographic concept;
    • understand the project;
    • monitor light marking in the laboratory;
    • demonstrate technical update ability;
    • framing images according to the director's guidance;
    • manage technical limits;
    • position camera according to director's orientation;
    • anticipate problems;
    • demonstrate artistic sense;
    • follow telecine;
    • coordinate electricity team;
    • dialogue with tv director;
    • choose suppliers together with production;
    • coordinate machinery team;
    • positioning machinery;
    • dialogue with film or video director;
    • establish camera movement;
    • choose bracket and capture camera;
    • participate in rehearsals;
    • talk with the director of the film or video;
    • do photo tests;
    • show language skills;
    • talk with costume and makeup artist;
    • show ethics in capturing images;
    • exercise leadership;
    • demonstrate technical skills;
    • translate photographic concept into images;
    • dialogue with producers;
    • assemble teams (camera, electricity and machinery);
    • demonstrate sensitivity;
    • teach photo labs;
    • talk with art director and set designer;
    • demonstrate adaptability;
    • coordinate camera team;
    • lighten scenes;
    • participate in scheduling;
    • focus images;
    • talk with sound technicians;
    • adjust camera;
    • define the photographic concept together with the director;
    • dialogue with art director and set designer;

    Sectors that hire Illuminator (television) the most in the job market

    • activities of religious organizations
    • rental of stages, roofs and other temporary use structures
    • open television activities
    • sound and lighting activities
    • rental of other commercial and industrial machinery and equipment, without operator
    • movie studios
    • fairs, congresses, exhibitions and parties organization services
    • temporary labor lease
    • music production
    • supply and management of human resources for third parties

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