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#1 George Ebersole

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 02:51 PM

Of all the shoots I've been on I've never had to hire a DP.  What questions should I ask, and should I ask for a reel?


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#2 Samuel Berger

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 02:54 PM

Since every kid with a DSLR is nowadays a "DP", ask them this question:

 

"Have you ever shot on film?"

 

That should get rid of the wannabes right then and there. ;-)


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#3 Macks Fiiod

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 03:08 PM

Get a reel but on top of that ask for an actual short they themselves DoP'd to see their work in action for an actual story and not a song. If it's a verbal interview, try to get them to talk about themselves. Not to see if they're text-knowledgeable about cinematography, but to make sure they're not a total bore (or serial killer).

 

If they're under 25 and come out the gate bragging about shooting film that'd probably be a red flag for me.


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#4 Samuel Berger

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 03:11 PM

If they're under 25 and come out the gate bragging about shooting film that'd probably be a red flag for me.

 

If they have film to show, then why? Carl is like 22 or so and he shoots film....well, he says he does, I think most of the time he is troubleshooting his ACL. ;-)


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#5 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 04:45 PM

Look at their resume and some of their work, then interview them. Talk to whoever worked with them before if possible.
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#6 George Ebersole

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:37 PM

Thanks.  I'm thinking shooting my own stuff might be a job too many.  The most I've ever done is call up PAs, a few grips and a gaffer or two (people I already knew).  I've never been a production manager.  Thanks for the replies.


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