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#1 Lars Zemskih

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 07:38 PM

So there is Nicholas Roeg who was a DP and became a director.

But are there any working DP's who also directed their own films? Or write screenplays?

It seems I'm about to DP a film that I have written, which is somewhat bizarre.
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#2 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 08:38 PM

Barry Sonnenfeld
Michael Goi
Ernest Dickerson
Haskell Wexler

I know there are a lot more. Those are just off the top of my head.
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#3 Patrick McGowan

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 10:24 PM

I am co-directing and DPing a film that I wrote. This was put together under some crazy circumstances that I can't get into in a short amount of time.

There is such a fine line on set between directing and being a DP. It almost feels like the production is "allowing" me as a DP to actually have a relationship with the actors on a different level. You are speaking to them about why they are doing something. I am relating what I wrote to all other levels of the production as well. I am trying to just make something honest and believable, and it is fu**ing difficult.

If you can direct it than do it! Or do both man. Do get pushed around. Ever.

there's also Peter Hyams, Doug Liman, and Soderbergh just to name a few others.
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Posted 14 February 2008 - 12:34 AM

Has anyone seen Medium Cool?

Directed/DP'd by Haskell Wexler.

Grade A piece of cinema.
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#5 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 08:32 AM

there's also Peter Hyams, Doug Liman, and Soderbergh just to name a few others.

But these are directors who have shot some of their stuff, not DP's who have directed. It's a bit different in my opinion. Not bad, just different.
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#6 Patrick McGowan

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 12:13 PM

But these are directors who have shot some of their stuff, not DP's who have directed. It's a bit different in my opinion. Not bad, just different.



That's true. That is more what the original post was asking. I was trying to refer to the crossover between directing and shooting.
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#7 Tom Lowe

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 04:37 PM

Some directors like Kubrick and Malick are accomplished still photographers and have advanced knowledge of cinematography. They don't DP themselves, but they probably could.
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Posted 15 February 2008 - 11:33 PM

Some directors like Kubrick and Malick are accomplished still photographers and have advanced knowledge of cinematography. They don't DP themselves, but they probably could.

Tom DiCillo?
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#9 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 08:23 AM

Some directors like Kubrick and Malick are accomplished still photographers and have advanced knowledge of cinematography. They don't DP themselves, but they probably could.

Malick probably could, but I doubt Kubrick would have the flexibility.
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#10 John Holland

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 12:24 PM

Brad are you sure you have the right way round ?
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 01:37 PM

Kubrick started off being credited as director, cinematographer, editor, producer, and writer. He continued to occasionally do camera op.
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#12 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 03:13 PM

Brad are you sure you have the right way round ?

Ha! I guess you're saying that Malick is less flexible than a guy who's dead? I guess you might be right.
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#13 Chad Stockfleth

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 04:26 PM

....get it....stiff.... :-)

Don't forget Roman Polanski.
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#14 Dan Salzmann

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 06:24 AM

Kubrick was an established photographer while still in high school. From what I have seen and read i believe he could have assumed most roles in a film production if he chose to do so.
I have shot ad directed some of my own films and am quite aware of what that implies in terms of logistics, division of energy, etc. Sometimes it is possible and sometimes it is not. Part of any creative activity is being able to assess ones strengths, weaknesses and limitations. A DP that operates is not necessarily a better DP. All needs to be objectively determined on a per project basis.
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#15 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 04:20 PM

....get it....stiff.... :-)

Don't forget Roman Polanski.


But he's neither dead nor an ex-DP, unless you're referring to a Displaced Person.
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#16 Bob Hayes

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 06:55 PM

Thomas Callaway is an excellent DP who also directs. He did a great job Directing, writing and shooting ?Broke Sky?, an off beat thriller that came out last year.
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#17 Paul Bruening

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 09:03 PM

Jan De Bont. I don't know if he writes, though.
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Posted 23 February 2008 - 12:26 PM

Jack Cardiff directed a number of pictures after winning an Oscar for photographing "Black Narcissus." His most famous film, "Sons and Lovers," received seven Oscar noms, including Picture, Director, Writing, Actor, and Sup. Actress. Ironically enough, it's only win was for...Best Cinematography, Freddie Francis. His later film "Girl on a Motorcycle," also has a popular following, and I believe it was one of the first motion pictures to use solarization.

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#19 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 02:51 PM

Ironically enough, it's only win was for...Best Cinematography, Freddie Francis.


Well, Freddie became a director too.
While directing 'Dracula has risen from the Grave', he let Arthur Grant use use the ambber graduated filters
he had made up for 'The Innocents'.

Other Brits of about the same generation were Ronald Neame and Guy Green.

Green along with Cardiff and Freddie Young co-founded the BSC.
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#20 Pedro Millan

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 04:01 PM

Janusz Kaminski also directed some movies.
One of them, Lost souls, was shot by Mauro Fiore who was Kaminski's gaffer for a long time.
Hania was directed and shot by Kaminski himself and is beautiful.
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