Cinematographer - VFX Supervisor
Posted 27 March 2008 - 12:29 PM
and i hav seen many people through web who are cinematographers as well as vfx supervisors or even cg artists..
me too previously was working in camera dept. and rit now i feel like to go back to cinematography..
i am in a little confusion to choose wat profession..
cinematography or vfx?
can u people guide me by keeping the future in mind..
thanks in advance friends..
Posted 27 March 2008 - 06:48 PM
There was a time when the roles could be easily exchanged - when being a VFX Supervisor meant that you could light a miniature, shoot bluescreen or FX elements, but that was back almost 20 years ago now.
However I think there is a real need for DP's to become more involved in the VFX process, they should really be taking 'ownership' of the lighting, composition, colours, etc - all the things that they take ownership of when shooting onset. The times I have seen a Cinematographer invited to comment on the progress of VFX shots they've provided insight that you would have never have gotten without years of experience actually lighting and shooting onset. The Lighting TD should really be an extension of the Cinematographers team along with the ACs, focus pullers, gaffers, grips, etc.
The only studio (I can think of at the moment) doing CG work that utilises a Director of Photography is Pixar.
If you wish to pursue both career paths then go for it. I don't expect it'll be easy to do both, they are both fairly demanding jobs.
Posted 28 March 2008 - 04:45 AM
He's coming at it from a camera perspective, and from the other side of the fence, I'd agree and say that it's very important for a VFX Supervisor to understand cameras, F stops, lighting, etc. A VFX Sup might be given the second unit to shoot some plates, too, so it's important for them to understand how things work on-set and how to work with the crew.
Posted 29 March 2008 - 01:00 PM
Posted 30 March 2008 - 06:24 AM
I don't do both at the same time. It'd be too much work.
Posted 29 April 2008 - 03:56 AM
Edited by Matt Hildreth, 29 April 2008 - 03:59 AM.
Posted 11 May 2008 - 01:02 PM
This is excatly what I am doing; as I am studying tobe a cinematographer, in between my main course I will be taking a 18 week course in Visual Effects & Compositing I think it is the best way to go in my honest opinion as you will have a good knowledge on both spectrums. As people said it is a lot more work to take on but in for a penny in for a pound; it could get you a lot more jobs in the future.
So Matt what are u learning in vfx?
How you are managing things?
What the instructors of cinematography in ur institution saying regarding this?
sorry many questions:)