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Trainee Lighting Vision Operator

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Job Introduction

BBC Studioworks is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC providing studios and post production services to all the major TV broadcasters and production companies including the BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5 and the Endemol Shine Group. Located across sites in Elstree and Television Centre in White City, our London facilities are home to some of the nation’s most watched and loved television shows. We offer world-class studio and post production spaces, equip them with the right technology and engage the most dedicated and talented people in the industry. By doing this, we bring ideas to life.

The Trainee Vision Operator will operate a lighting desk and associated equipment in order to contribute to the visual realisation of the production and to meet the requirements of the lighting director and the programme production staff. The role will work predominantly at BBC Elstree on the flagship continuing drama Eastenders. This is an excellent development opportunity for someone interested in a career within broadcasting. Studioworks will provide dedicated training, mentoring and feedback within a two year training programme leading to Lighting Vision Supervisor.

Training will include, an introduction to the lighting operation of a TV production and its application, developing an understanding of basic TV lighting techniques and equipment used, shadowing the Lighting Director, Lighting Vision Supervisor and working along the Studio Engineer to support:

  • camera settings and manipulation, camera exposure and its effect on camera operation
  • camera f stops and control of depth field
  • use of filters and their effect on camera exposure
  • basic colour science, use of primary and complimentary colours
  • concept of colour temperature , its use and application
  • Use of the lighting console and responding to the direction of the Lighting Director
  • picture assessment and quality
  • use of shadow and light in the composition of a TV picture

Role Responsibility

Working as part of the realisation team, performing a wide range of vision and camera related duties. Fault chasing where necessary across a whole range of vision equipment used in studios or insert locations and control room areas.

Contribute to the development of techniques associated with new equipment and production demands, assisting in the training and providing of feedback to trainees.  Remain conversant and compliant with all relevant Health and Safety rules and legislation.

Experience to operate to a general production brief an independent camera providing a feed to a complex or separate recording equipment as part of a larger crew led by a camera supervisor/lighting director.

Are you the right candidate?

Good interpersonal and communication skills to build and sustain working relationships with production, demonstrating a constructive and collaborative attitude towards the aims of programme makers. Confident in providing and receiving constructive feedback.

Able to retain complex information and respond positively to the changing requirements of production, you’ll be confident in using your initiative and to work flexibly under pressure across a broad range of programming and a willingness to travel as required and work irregular hours.

Possess initiative and ability to work without close supervision at times and able to offer creative solutions within production restraints.  Good knowledge of and an interest in the programme output and appreciation of the aims of the business and able to work as part of a team under direction when necessary. You’ll be confident working flexibly under pressure across a broad range of programmes.

Develop an individual skill base in vision related activities. Completion of a suitable ‘television basics’ course or equivalent and a lighting based course is desirable with some experience of console operation essential.


**Interviews taking place in August

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Elstree

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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