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426 Points

Fri, Apr 4, 2014 8:12 PM

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separate camera and electrical.

I use IMDB to find camera crews on jobs.  Is there any way to separate camera and electrical?  Sometimes there are so many names to go through just to find the first and second assistant camera.  It would be so helpful.  Thanks

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180 Points

a year ago

Just saw this thread.  Yes.  Now that IMDB is the de facto resume for so many crew members, I use it all the time to reference their credits.  There are so many set lighting technicians on every show that it is actually hard to pick out the camera people.  Please separate the two departments into TWO SEPARATE CATEGORIES.  Thanks.

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204 Points

a year ago

It’s agreed, the Camera Dept should have its own section. Let’s make it happen!

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200 Points

a year ago

IMDB - Please add my vote to separate Camera Department credits from our dear brothers and sisters in Grip and Electric. There can be so many names on big shows with multiple units that all get lost together.

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166 Points

a year ago

It’s actually “uneducated” to have Electrics and Camera together, but Grips by themselves. It makes more sense if you Must combine a group to have Grips and Electricians together and Camera separate.

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162 Points

a year ago

Please separate by like departments. Camera and Electric aren’t even a close match.

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144 Points

a year ago

This should be a given and have been done a long time ago but please separate the camera department. It makes no sense to have us bunched together and makes it extremely difficult when searching to hire.

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61.3K Points

a year ago

I can understand the overall point of this thread (and I don’t really have a problem in either way), but I don’t fully understand why the current system makes it ”extremely difficult when searching to hire”? I mean the occupation is usually listed, whether it’s ”camera operator”, ”1st assistant camera”, ”lighting technician”, ”gaffer”, ”grip”, ”electrician” etc.


I’m sure people hiring camera/electrician crews know the difference between the different occupations? IMDb is not really there to provide resume/CV for companies (although you can of course use the site for that in many cases), IMDbPro is more suitable for that. IMDb lists film credits, being a historical database.

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426 Points

Hi Eboy- Here is an example. Say one is wondering who the camera operator is on Avengers:Infinity War. I type in the movie and have a huge list of names alphabatized by last name. Now I have to scroll down the list of names and read what each person has done and hope I haven’t missed anyone to find out the camera operators.

As a database, this is flawed from a usability standpoint. It is easy to type someone’s name and find out what movies they have worked on. If someone is typing the name of the movie to start their search, they probably aren’t looking to see if a particular person has worked on it, they would just search by their name. There should be an option to alphabetize by occupation perhaps? Then it would make it so much more efficient to see who were all the people who did a certain job on any given movie.

A separate issue is that the camera department is usually much smaller than the electrical and grip department, so trying to find who was in the camera department among a huge list of grips and electrics is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, something else that separating out the camera department from the grips and electrics will fix.

Cheers,
Dan

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194 Points

wait, who was i looking for again?  oh forget it, i'll just hire the other guy--producer, probably

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61.3K Points

a year ago

Dan, thanks for reply. Fair enough, for the films like ”Avengers” it can be difficult to find all the same occupations/positions (if you’re not looking the actual names).

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426 Points

If someone is searching by show name, in my opinion they are most likely looking for who did what position on the show, and alphabetizing by occupation would make more sense. If one knows the name one is looking for, they would search by their name, not the show name...

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100 Points

a year ago

I'm all for making camera department their own thing... seems reasonable.

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122 Points

a year ago

Separate heading for camera please! It’s about time.