Deloris Collins

Digital Imaging Technician

Deloris’ job title is Freelance Digital Imaging Technician in the film industry

What I do

The job of a Digital Imaging Technician is relatively new within the film industry. I look after footage by managing it, duplicating it, and making sure that everyone’s hard work is looked after. This career came into existence when digital cameras became more popular, because everything used to be shot on film. As soon as digital cameras became more popular, they realised they needed someone who understood digital cameras, computers, and hard drives, who could be an intermediary between the camera team and the post-house edit. 

If there is a technical filming issue, I also flag it as soon as possible, as that can save the production a lot of money. You have to be technologically minded, but you also need to be able to communicate well.

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How I became a technician

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My advice for someone wanting to get into this role

Work experience can really help you. There is a book called The Knowledge Production Guide and when I first started out, I used it to contact people on the phone to ask for work opportunities. That’s how I got the work experience I needed. There is also a lot of self-teaching in this role. Sometimes it is easier to watch a YouTube video than read a manual, especially if you have dyslexia or dyscalculia.

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What I love most about my job

There are so many cool things about being a Digital Imaging Technician. You get to go to amazing locations and get access to places or buildings you would never normally get to see. We meet so many different and interesting people. You are also one of the first people to see the film! It’s part of your job to watch it.

The best bits about working in a team

I am freelance, so I work with many different camera teams and different people. You have to work long hours, so it’s really important to get along with the people you are working with. My job is independent, but also part of a team and you are a link between different departments.
I like that one minute I can be in a quiet corner concentrating on what I am doing, but the next I’m having to go to the camera team in order to pick up the camera cards on a busy set. On big feature films, they need a team of Digital Imaging Technicians.

The next steps in my career journey

I really enjoy what I am doing now. There are specialist areas I could get into down the line. For instance, there are Digital Imaging Technicians who specialise in colour grading, or you can be on set more. I am what you call a ‘near set’ Digital Imaging Technician. On set colour grading is where you are physically on the set and you have a live picture and you influence the exposure, the contrast, the lighting, colours and saturation and you move around with the crew. That is usually done in bigger feature films. I might move into that area in the future, but I am not sure yet.

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