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Digital Imaging Technician (DIT)

Industries:
Film
Personality type:
Technologist
Departments:
Production

The Lowdown        

  • Ensuring a digital camera is being used to produce high quality images
  • Making sure all footage is secured and backed up, and creating dailies for the director and Director of Photography to view
  • Applying LUTs to raw footage to give an impression of what the footage will look like after the post production phase

Is this role right for me?

For this role, you will need to:

  • Know the ins-and-outs of digital cinematography
  • Have in-depth knowledge of all the major cameras used in digital film
  • Have a good eye for colour
  • Be aware of file formats, storage media and computer hardware, in order to cater your personal DIT rig to the shoot you’re working on
  • Make sure you’re always equipped with a large supply of cables and chargers
  • Provide support for the cinematographer in delivering the best images possible

What does a DIT do?

DIT, or Digital Imaging Technician, is a role that’s evolved alongside digital cinematography. The DIT is responsible for the digital handling of footage. They would help the cinematographer and camera department when setting up the camera for a shoot, making sure that the settings are correct and they’re getting the most out of the camera.

Once footage has been captured, the DIT will be in charge of backing up the footage across multiple storage drives. Then, because digital footage on most professional shoots will be shot “raw” or "flat" (without the final colour baked in) they will quickly apply a LUT (Look-Up Table) to give it an impression of what the footage would look like when coloured. This allows the Director and Cinematographer to quickly check the rushes and decide whether the shot was satisfactory.

Will I need a qualification?

You don’t need a specific qualification. However, if you are considering taking a film production course in higher education, the following courses have been rigorously assessed by the film industry and awarded the Creative Skillset Tick for the high standard of education they provide and the degree to which they prepare you for a career in film.

Film production courses awarded the Creative Skillset Tick

What’s the best route in?

DIT, despite what a lot of people think, is a very specialised skill that requires someone to be knowledgeable of data and computers, as well as know the specifics of the individual cameras on set. Like many on-set positions, becoming a runner is always a good first step, and from there you can become a Data Wrangler, the main assistant to the DIT. From there it’s a matter of picking up experience, making sure to showcase your knowledge of the job role.

You could apply to be a DIT trainee through Trainee Finder, which gives you hands-on experience in the industry and helps you build those all-important contacts that are essential when competing for a job.

More information about Trainee Finder

Interested? Find out more…

For more information on job roles in the creative industries, take a look at Hiive's job roles.  

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