The Director and the DP
Posted 04 July 2005 - 01:38 PM
Why? Because I want someone who knows how to light, has a familiarity with lenses, and can basically make the story I want to tell look friggin beautiful!
(FYI - we'll be shooting on a DVX-100A with a mini35 adaptor and a set of 12 lenses - still working on what the lighting package will include)
The question I pose to the members of this site is - who would normally call the shots when it comes to deciding what the camera sees? (a little vague, I know)
Without going into a full scale autobiography, I've always really enjoyed storyboarding all my camera angles and deciding how the camera moves (my school acquaintances have always complimented me on how my projects are shot - even if most everything else in the project was weak )
Is it common or realistic to expect that my DP will occupy him or herself with lighting the scene and choosing lenses, and give me free reign with storyboarding and camera movement? Or will I have to learn that filmmaking is a collaborative art
Posted 04 July 2005 - 05:04 PM
The director is the boss but the truth is, why not collaborate if it makes the end product better? Everyone benefits that way.
Also, the camera movement may affect how long it takes to light the scene, so you don't want to just say to the DP "shoot it this way" and walk away, only to find out that it will take another hour to light the shot you wanted, but with a simple modification to the shot, it could have been lit in half the time. A simple little curve in a dolly move may be the difference between taking ten minutes to put a light on a stand versus thirty minutes to rig it to the ceiling.
Posted 05 July 2005 - 12:57 AM
Posted 05 July 2005 - 12:57 AM
In my experience lighting does take time. This is the case for most shoots. Because it is difficult to make it beautiful. But as David points out, a single light source is sometimes beautiful too. This may not alwyas be the case for music videos though. As they are ofte shot in with several light sources to juice up the images. So don't rush the lighting too much if they sometimes fall off schedule.
But this is all up to your story. And the type of song your making a video of.
I've done a lot of stuff with fresh director's. Probably because producers say that I'm good and that I'm a guy who won't rush a newbie and that I work good with newbies. I don't know. The point is I get put with new director's sometimes.
My advice is that you have to act like the boss. Because you are the boss. It's difficult to work with directors who are veru uncertain and want to cover every scene in every way, but you said you made storyboards so I'm sure that won't be a problem.
Personally I enjoy working more with directors who have made a storyboard than the ones who just say; "give me a cool shot". With storyboards I am more competent to add great ideas to the type of shots a director want.
If you get an experienced DP who want's to do it "his" way. Just let him know that you call the final shots.
In the end, the DP is just the tool of the director, as is the editor, sound man etc.
And as Mr. Mullen said, film work is a collaboration.
Good luck with your shoot.
Posted 10 July 2005 - 11:43 PM