Remote Head Technician

Make it possible to film shots from hard-to-reach angles.

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Salary Range
$23,000 – $74,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Remote Head Technicians do?

Before you can truly understand what the responsibilities of a Remote Head Technician are, you first need to know what exactly a remote head does. Part of a Cameraman ’s arsenal, it’s essentially a piece of equipment that attaches to a camera and goes where a person can’t for a specific shot. For example, one type of remote head gets put on the end of a helicopter to keep the camera still so the Director can fly alongside the action and film it. Other remote heads attach to cranes for shots that take place high up above, and still others connect to dollies to follow alongside speeding cars or trains.

If you’re a Remote Head Technician, your job is to set everything up before a shot, and ensure that the equipment is used correctly during filming. Typically, remote heads are rented and aren’t found on set for all shots. This means your job as a Remote Head Technician starts when the equipment arrives.

The first thing you do when you show up for work is attach the remote head wherever it’s needed. You might work with an Engineer or a Pilot if the Director calls for an especially complex shot. Once the remote head is attached, you then get the camera into place so that filming can begin.

Filming is done by a Camera Operator, though some Remote Head Technicians learn enough to work as assistant camera operator and film a bit themselves. Be aware that since your job relies on a film needing this specific piece of equipment, it can be hard to have consistent work. Some jobs last for weeks or months, while others only take a few days, with long stretches of waiting in between.

Should I be a Remote Head Technician?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Remote Head Technician

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