First job as DOP
Posted 27 January 2006 - 04:18 AM
The problem is?
I?m not quite sure what the problem is but, I just want to do a good job and not let anyone down, and I?m not sure whether I?m ready yet, but I said I was to the producer and director so there you go.
Anyway I have a few specific questions, but right now I can?t think of one of them as I was just informed that I got the gig less than an hour ago.
Thanks for listening.
Posted 27 January 2006 - 05:10 AM
In my ideal/utopian world these are some of the things I would have liked to have previous to my first shoot:
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare (and then prepare some more). Hopefully there will be plenty of pre-production time to meet with the crew and Director so you can review things like:
SHOT LISTS and SETUPS
QUESTION: Will you be doing lighting or will there be a dedicated and experienced grip/gaff crew? If so, then hopefully you can plan your setups and lighting in advance with them and the Director. If not, then it will probably be you and the Director reviewing the storyboards (if they don't exist maybe you can offer to create them with the Director). Another big question I would have (as I'm very new), is if you have to do all the lighting, how knowledgeable are you about addressing the various lighting conditions and challenges: mixed lights, color correcting, diffusing, continuity, and changing setups as little as possible but also getting the coverage needed (this was a big issue I ran into as the Director didn't really have all the coverage planned out in advance and I believe the Editor is going to have a hard time piecing together the project I shot, and I did try to get a lot of shots I thought were necessary, but again keep in mind that in my scenario I didn't even know the script or any of the shots prior to walking on to the first location)
QUESTION: Is the camera one that you are well acquainted with?
My feeling is that if you're aware of what you do know and have a decent awareness of what you don't know, then you can plan accordingly and perhaps tap the knowledge of those who may know a bit more (like you're doping here I guess, once you post some questions). A lot of this is just thinking ahead and planning.
Well, I'm sure I'm missing a lot and maybe even assumed too much, but hopefully one of the veterans will chime in and help us both as I'm preparing for my next gig in two weeks, though on this one I?ll only be doing lighting and 2nd camera/assist.
Posted 27 January 2006 - 12:49 PM
Posted 27 January 2006 - 03:51 PM
careful you'll be living for just story boards. Leadership will come into play and you will
have to lead men. One of the most important aspects of leadership is trusting your men/girls
to get the job done. You simply cannot do the entire job yourself. You will need to delegate
and trust and believe it or not it does get better.