I would like fellow cinematographers advice on this matter..it is a bit political but bear with me please!
I was originally the camera operator on a feature film but have now agreed to be the dp.
In my original interview which was with the producer, it was mentioned to me that there will be opinions shared throughout the crew as to the how the film looks, feels etc..
This immediately didn't feel massively right to me but i went with it. Since this time the producer has given some suggestions on lighting, some film references and visuals in private conversation.
I know what is expected of a dp's role - I would loosely describe it as "to achieve the desired look and feel of the film in line with the directors vision."
When confirmed as dop i felt this needed to be politely addressed because it was confusing me!
I spoke with the director and I mentioned the case of too many opinions - I said especially when it comes to being the dop i need to be only answerable and take suggestions from him, to which he agreed. I mentioned the producers input and the director said not to listen to it "because that person is the producer".
Anyway, after this conversation the prodcuer then started to give me more suggestions...I spoke to the person and calmly said I cant work as a dop by taking opinions from the producer or other people as I need to satisfy the directors intent
- I also mentioned what the director has said to me - to not listen to the producer!
Needless to say this didn't seem to be taken that well and i have a feeling that they went back to the director to confront them about saying that as dop I should not listen to the producer.
Did I do the right thing?
Should a dp take creative suggestion from a producer?
Edited by kieran james simpson, 24 August 2012 - 05:27 PM.