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#1 Deji Joseph

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 07:41 PM

I recently graduated and was offered an unpaid position as cinematographer for a short film, shot over two days in London. The producer has sent me the script and has asked if i could use a "HD Camera". That phrase has scared me senseless, it gives me the impression he may not know what he is doing or talking about, but i might just be panicking. Anyway this is my first shoot with a third party who i have had no contact with before hand. I was wondering what questions and requests I should ask him and the director before we begin shooting? PS its an expenses only gig and I have been giving a copy of the script

My ideas was

1. What is this "HD camera"
2. Can i do a screen test
3. Describe what look you are going for
4. How much lighting gear can you provide
5. How much improvisation or blocking will be done
6. Is there a shot list
7. Is the camera locked off/panning and tilting/Tripod only/shoulder or steadicam
8. How important is the lighting to the final product
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#2 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:09 PM

You should definitely clarify which camera he is referring to. It's essential that you know in advance, and his answers will tell you quite a lot about his knowledge level. By all means ask to do screen tests, they can only say no. All the other questions you should ask the Director, it's his or her vision you are being asked to interpret, not the producer's. The last question doesn't really need to be asked. Your lighting should always be important to the finished product. If not, why are you there?
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#3 Chris Millar

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 10:18 PM

Crewing ...

You may have your responsibility cut out for you but where do your actual work duties begin and end - AC's ?

Then also time wise - pre production through to post - define the boundaries so the expectations for both parties are clear
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