We take the action scenes we see in movies for granted.
The truth is, camera operators go to crazy lengths to capture the action in front of the camera.
It’s fair to say they’re basically stuntmen.
Nobody should underestimate the responsibility on the shoulders of camera operators.
Ultimately, they’re in charge of capturing all the details of the shot from different angles.
Some camera operators have cameras mounted on mobile pedestals, which they move around the studio, rotate, and adjust the height, all while filming.
Others have a camera strapped to them for when they need to film a moving action and follow the actors every step of the way.
Just imagine being one of the camera operators catching all the action in a movie like Fast X.
Car stunts take a remarkable amount of effort and skill to perform because often, many different angles are included at incredible speeds.
Camera operators have to be in line with all the action and follow all the important segments with a few pieces of equipment in their hands.
Sometimes it’s even required for camera operators to repeat the same car stunt shot twice or more from two different positions in order to enable a seamless final edit.
The above video, posted to Instagram by behindthescenesgram, shows how incredibly talented – and crazy – camera operators really are.
In one clip, the camera operator can be seen hanging from the back of a car, the only thing stopping them from falling is a colleague holding onto their harness.
They’re capturing footage through the window of an SUV that’s riding alongside the camera car.
When the SUV pulls away, the camera pans to a following sedan which speeds up to catch up to the camera car.
It’s hard to see at first, but what appears to be the passenger seat of the sedan is actually another camera operator in disguise.
They’re passed the camera by the operator on the back of the other car, so they’re able to film the action from inside the sedan.
Another clip shows a camera operator on rollerblades following an NYC taxi.
As some jumps in the taxi after it briefly stops, the camera operator latches onto the side of the vehicle so they can film through the window.
It appears camera operators not only need to be technically adept to do their job, they also need to be physically fit.
They deserve a raise, that’s for sure.