I've been listening to a lot of talks, interviews and reading books about some of the great cinematographers lost in the past year. One thing that has stuck with me is that they usually all say take every job that comes by.
So last night, I turned down a job. Not because I couldn't work it, or didn't like the project, but because the job was for a Swing 2nd AC, B-cam 1st AC.
I came up through electric. Jobs that I don't DP, usually hire me as Gaffer. I can't remember ever pulling focus on a serious, professional job. To that point, I called the guy that I usually hire as my 1st and asked if he was available. Because I really felt as quickly as they wanted to move, even tho I can build out a camera with the best of them, pulling focus should be left to someone with experience and mindset, and practiced hands.
I may know all the terms, and understand the equipment, but since I haven't performed that role, I declined.
I wanted to know if any of you ever take jobs in different areas than you are experienced. Some work better than others - I would like to think I can probably grip as best as the next person. However I would stay away from costuming - I do well to dress myself in the morning...
Love to hear your thoughts.