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A cinematographer or director of photography (sometimes shortened to DP or DOP) is the chief over the camera crews working on a film, television production or other live action piece and is responsible for making artistic and technical decisions related to the image.

Career Options

  • Cinematography and film production are two important aspects of a successful TV show or film. Individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in these fields may benefit from an undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate program.

Educational Qualifications

  • Minimum qualification is 10+2

Personal Skills

  • •Artistic eye for photography •Basics of photography •Film-specific photography equipment and techniques •Problem-solving skills •Ability to work under pressure •Decision maker •Manage a budget and staff •Hard work •Passion •Dedication towards the film industry •Determination
  • •Communication skills

Courses to be pursued

  • •A bachelor's degree in film
  • cinema
  • theater production or a related discipline •A bachelor's degree in film
  • broadcasting or a related discipline •Certificate course in Electronic Cinematography(TV) •PG Diploma in Cinematography

Top Colleges

  • The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India and aided by the Central Government of India. It is situated on the premises of the erstwhile Prabhat Film Company in Pune. Address The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) No.11, Telephone Exchange, Law College Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune, Maharashtra 411004 Ph- 020 2543 3016
  • Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute Named after the legendary film maestro Satyajit Ray, the Institute has emerged as a national centre of excellence which offers a post-graduate programme in Cinematic studies. Address Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute E.M.Byepass Road, P.O. Panchasayar, Kolkata-700094 Ph-(033)2432 8355/8356

Working Conditions

•Opportunity to travel •Some times the situations depend on type of production •Indoor and outdoor shootings •Long working hours, vary on the type of production •Those employed in motion pictures may work long hours (10 to 12 hour days) with short deadlines. Some travel is required when working in remote locations.

Top Companies

  • Doordarshan- Doordarshan is an autonomous Government of India founded public service broadcaster and a division of Prasar Bharati. DD provides television, radio, online and mobile services throughout metropolitan and regional India, as well as overseas, through the Indian Network and Radio India. Address Doordarshan Doordarshan Bhawan, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi - 110001 Ph- 011- 23383569 E-mail:
  • Center for Research in Art of Film and Television (CRAFT Rohini) CRAFT is an autonomous institute which not affiliated to any university nor approved by AICTE (they don’t recognize such courses!!!) We are non profit making organization operates on a corporate pattern rather than on a bureaucratic system. Address Craft Film School 272 Car Market Sector – 7, Rohini New Delhi – 110085 India Tel: 98 99 25 11 33 / 44 / 55

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