Film/​Television Camera Operator

Kaitango Whakaahua Whitiāhua/​Pouaka Whakaata

This job is sometimes referred to by alternative titles

Film/television camera operators film events or scenes for television, movies or videos.


Video split operators and second assistants usually earn

$30-$50 per hour

Camera operators and directors of photography usually earn

$64-$400 per hour

Source: The New Zealand Film and Video Technicians Guild, 2017.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a film/television camera operator are poor due to strong competition for limited vacancies.
Mark Walsh lining up a shot with a video camera

Film and television camera operators need to keep their technical skills up-to-date

Last updated 9 June 2017