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Cinematographers and Directors of Photography

Employment Prospects


Motion picture studios, production companies, independent producers, and documentary filmmakers all employ DPs, either as salaried employees or as freelancers. Approximately 29,400 television, video, and motion picture camera operators (a category that includes cinematographers) are employed in the United States. Most freelancers are responsible for finding their own projects to work on, but a few are represented by agents who solicit work for them.

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