Aerial Cinematographer

Aerial cinematographers assist in telling a story or selling a product through visuals that involve aerial footage. Aerial Cinematographers photograph air to air and air to ground sequences for commercials, television episodes, or movies. He or she works with the aerial director to decide what camera to use, lenses, filters, etc. They use specialized equipment that is mounted on an aircraft. The aerial cinematographer works with an aerial unit. They may work with a large unit made up of several people such as an aerial unit director or an aerial camera assistant. On the other hand, an aerial cinematographer may work with only a few people depending on the scale of the shoot.

Aerial cinematographers often begin as assistants to learn the basics. They also begin by taking still photos and making short movies. There are several film schools across the United States and many different organizations that can provide more specific information.

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