Working with a DP
Posted 09 September 2007 - 08:09 AM
What makes for an efficient, fruitful Director/DP relationship? For a long time, my understanding was that the DP provided a technical solution to the Director's vision, but I think this is a limited view. I like the idea of working conceptually with the DP. Obviously there is a spectrum; I imagine some DPs prefer to be given a few instructions, then set to work, while others prefer extensive consultation on each shot.
What is the best general approach, from the director's perspective? When to insist, when to defer, etc..
Posted 10 September 2007 - 08:16 AM
your personalty and the DPs
you have to talk to him and built a working system together
you have understand that its the project needs is what important not who is right and who wrong
if he has more experience take his advise
do your home work and came ready to the set
know its a team work
don't afraid to make mistakes
remember its your project your vision
Posted 10 September 2007 - 03:32 PM
this one is especially important, I think: do your home work and came ready to the set
i hate the idea of wasting someone's time.
i gather it can be fun relationship too. there's a bit on the DVD for Capote that describes a night when the director and the DP went out alone to get just the right shot of a train in the distance. big buget film, but at that moment it was just two guys and a camera.
Posted 11 September 2007 - 11:54 AM
Posted 11 September 2007 - 04:47 PM
Have a comprehensive common language. The home work can then be to become self confident with terms like contrast, density, colorimetry (warm/cold), diffusion etc.
The more you can agree in prep, the better it is. On set, you'll have to manage a lot : sets, talents etc. You won't have time to talk light a lot. Sure, you can discuss a little (if you have the tools to discuss...) but the best is you to possibly rely totally on him so that he doesn't waste time and you neither. Prep, talking, be confident, that's the key.