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Eye-opener: Mike Simpson

Mike Simpson set out to study philosophy, but when he added a major in film and started working on student projects while studying at the University of Texas, Austin, he became fascinated with how light can radically change the visual artistry in a film.

Herzog & Company

Herzog & Company, also known as Herzog-Cowen Entertainment, was formed through the partnership of director-producers Mark Herzog and Mark Cowen. The creative studio specializes in marketing content, EPKs, and creative programming for film and television properties.

Video Technician

Live entertainment and theatrical productions are embracing the use of digital video and projection with increasing frequency. Audiences expect towering video screens to offer close-ups of the band for the people in the cheap seats, and the integration of multimedia into traditional theater has opened up an entirely new dimension of visual artistry on stage.

Video Camera Operator

If you’ve got a passion for being behind the camera, but a love of live entertainment, you don’t have to give up one for the other. There are numerous opportunities for video camera operators to work in concert touring, traditional theater, theme parks, and sporting events.

Video Supervisor

During preproduction of a live show, the video supervisor is the right hand of the projection designer and will eventually be tasked with maintaining the design once the show opens. This person is a veteran video technician who exhibits excellent leadership skills in conjunction with technical proficiency.

Dolly Grip

The dolly grip is not the designated Barbie wrangler, but a specialist member of the grip department. 

Grip

Grips are the “make it work” people. They are trained in the art of pulling solutions out of thin air. The grip department, as its namesake indicates, is the keeper of the bag of tricks, and good grips have a gadget or gizmo for every potential need—or they can bend, twist, or cut something to work. Primarily the grip department is concerned with cutting light (the saying goes that electricians make the light and grips make the shadows) and facilitating camera movement.

Television Director

For the director, television is a very different beast. In film production, he or she is the ultimate creative voice on set, but on the small screen, the director has a far more limited role and is constrained by the show’s format. Multi-camera shoots, live productions, and sitcoms each present unique challenges unlike that of a movie.

Camera Operator

The camera operator works under the supervision of the director of photography (cinematographer) and is tasked with ensuring that the camera gets each shot just as the DP and director have instructed. Depending on the size and budget of a production, there may be several camera operators working in tandem.

Director of Photography

The camera serves as the audience’s eye into worlds that are strange, dramatic, and fascinating. Through film and television the viewer suspends disbelief to accompany the cast on an adventure—to end in catastrophe or celebration. The director of photography is perhaps most responsible for guiding our eye on the journey the director has designed.