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Videographer vs. Cinematographer

Today I’m going to answer the age old question that no one is asking. The difference between a Videographer and a Cinematographer.

A quick google search will tell you that a Videographer is “someone who makes video films.” Another quick google search will tell you a Cinematographer is “a person who oversees or directs photography [what the industry calls video or film] and camera work in movie-making, especially one who operates the camera.” But, what does this mean?

Let’s start with a cinematographer, or as most commonly referred to in the film industry, the Director of Photography [DP]. The Director of Photography is the head of all things camera and lighting on the film crew. They work to create the framing of each shot, lighting of each shot, and movement of the camera in each shot. The Cinematographer works in tandem with the Director of the film or documentary to tell the best story. This means they over see a few different crew members, one being a videographer or camera operator, but can be behind the camera themselves. Much like a director directs actors, the cinematographer directs the camera crew.

As you can see above, there can be a videographer, or most commonly referred to as a camera operator, on set of a film or documentary under the Cinematographer. That being said, in the world of corporate video production the Videographer plays the role of Cinematographer, mostly operating the camera, lighting, framing and everything else on his own.

Why do you need a Cinematographer? Why do you need so many people working on camera or lighting? Well, there are a lot of choices to make when filming a shot. What lens are you going to use? Wide angle? Tele-focus? Zoom? Do you want a shallow depth of field? Do you need someone to pull focus while you move with the character? What kind of feeling or mood are you trying to portray? Are you trying to make it comedic, suspenseful, sad? Certain aspects, moods, feelings, can be portrayed with different lenses or different styles of lighting.

So, how does this relate to Laurel Tree? Are you hiring a cinematographer or a videographer? The answer is both. Laurel Tree works in corporate production and the film industry. We also work with small businesses and large corporations. So, depending on the size of your shoot we may be handling a crew and will have a Director, a Director of Photography/Cinematographer on set as well as a full crew. On some shoots it will just be one person, acting as a videographer, to handle the shoot.

Does any of this matter to you as the client? Nope. But hey, if it does and you want to talk about it more we would love it! Give us a call or drop us an email and we will be glad to discuss what the best way to shoot something for you is!

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