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#1 Tomas Koolhaas

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 07:18 PM

Hi,
I know a few gaffers who want to be DP's, which is fine of course, BUT I found out that they have been cutting their "DP Demo. Reels" (ie reels that they intend to get jobs as a DP with, which only state them as DP and not Gaffer in any way) using footage from shoots that they Gaffed NOT DP'd, mixed with shoots that they did DP without any deliniation between the two. They seem to try and justify this by saying "Well I lit the scene", I find this quite outrageous, and just as bad as me making a Directing reel with everything that I DP'd on it and justifying it by saying "Well I shot those scenes".
Luckily the gaffer I use doesnt want to be a DP because If he ever did this to me there would be one less Gaffer in the world once I found out.
Also, I have gaffed on a bunch of good looking projects but wouldn NEVER dream of using any of it in my DP demo. Reel.
What does everyone else think about this and what can be done about it?
Cheers.

Edited by Tomas Koolhaas, 01 December 2006 - 07:20 PM.

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#2 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 08:55 PM

People pull this crap all the time. You can't stop it from happening. My thoughts are that eventually they'll get caught and they'll pay for it.
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#3 Michael Collier

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 01:43 AM

Thats lame. In college I had some of my worked ripped off for others DVDs. The worst part was they were not on set, they were producer types who really didn't do much.

As for gaffers using shots on DP reels is completely rediculous, and unjustifiable. I don't think there is much that can be done about it though, just deal with it when its discovered.
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#4 Stuart McCammon

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 03:13 AM

So does this mean I should 86 my craft service reel?
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