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QUESTION: Mr. Smith:
Can a cameraman carry all he needs to film an outdoors show in a jeep? What equipment would he have with him, and why?
In my story I have the cameraman in his jeep with equipment following an SUV containing the people he will film for a show and their stuff in the Fall.


ANSWER: Hello,

I would say yes.  It also depends on what they are filming.  It could be just a camera and tripod, or you could add lights and mics, but they should all fit in a jeep.  

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Thanks for the helpful information.
I have a question or two on the camera man occupation for a small local station's hunting and fishing show.
What education does a camera person have and what route would one take before he gets to do camera work on a TV show? How old would he be at this point? Is his clothes formal or informal?


The cameraman would have a high school diploma, but may or may not have any college education, so that part is up to you.  Typically, they do not have college education.  For this role he would be in his 20's, and he would dress as comfortable as possible (meaning poorly).  Cameramen on a small-budget show, especially one based outdoors, tend to look more like a slob - untucked flannel shirt, old jeans, scruffy face and beard, uncombed hair.  This is because the job would pay very little, they would get dirty and, most importantly, the cameraman is hidden safely behind the camera with no concern of being seen, so he doesn't have to look good.

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I am a professional filmmaker (since 1995) and a professional film instructor (since 2000). I am the co-owner of Imminent Entertainment LLC. I have worked on several low-budget feature films as well as hundreds of other projects including TV commercials, concert videos, live sports for TV, sports highlights, broadcast news, faith productions, large multi-media multi-camera productions, weddings, educational, corporate, promotional, short films, documentaries and more. I have written a book called "The New Filmmaker's Adventure" that will be more widely distributed in the near future. My expertise is in writing, shooting and editing. I can answer questions on Final Cut Pro, lighting, sound recording, scriptwriting, storytelling, directing, producing, editing, multi-camera productions, shooting sports, picture to video, using DTE hard drives, using video cameras. I am NOT an expert on how to sell scripts or movies, how to finance them, how to distribute them or how to get an agent. See my WEB PAGES: and


I have been a professional filmmaker since 1995 and a film teacher since 2000. I am publishing a textbook for beginning filmmakers called "the New Filmmaker's Adventure". I have experience in the area of low-budget feature filmmaking, I am the co-owner of the production company called Imminent Entertainment, I have worked on hundreds of videos, TV shows, multi-camera events and low budget, professional productions, corporate and consumer videos, Final Cut Pro, scriptwriting, directing, videography and cinematography, sound, lighting, editing, and some producing.

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I wrote "The New Filmmaker's Adventure" book that I use in my classes and will be publishing it abroad soon

Western Michigan University - Magna cum Laude BS in film/video/TV Maine Media Workshops ('02-'07)- Film Editor Master, Directing Actors for the Camera, Independent Filmmaking, Acting for the Camera, Camera in Motion, The Directors Craft

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