Wednesday, 22nd November 2017
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LIGHTING TECHNICIAN

Lighting technicians produce the lighting for live television shows, or productions in both television and film as well as in all types of live events. The lighting technicians make up the bulk of the lighting department, setting up and operating the specific lighting for a scene.

The role involves illuminating scenes to create a particular mood or style. It is a highly technical department, requiring a group of skilled, qualified and experienced individuals, to deal with all types of electrical equipment.

Lighting technicians work under the instruction of lighting directors, setting up the electrical apparatus with cabling, filters and screens, in order to achieve the desired visual style. These tasks can vary depending on each production and the experience of the lighting technician, but typical duties could include:

  • Assessing sets for health and safety regulations
  • Liaising with the lighting director about the lighting schedule
  • Assembling all the lighting and accessories
  • Ensuring the equipment works and fixing any faults
  • Using special programming for lighting colour
  • De-rigging and packing away the equipment when filming is finished

The role demands substantial technical lighting experience, with most lighting technicians being fully qualified electricians, potentially with extra qualifications in lighting for film and television.