Things DPs Don't Talk About

by Sean Porter

  • “Sorry” isn’t a Solution: On Mistakes and Film Sets

    Mistakes don’t really have a place on a film set. Sets are engineered for performance under pressure, engaging dozens and dozens of professionals, from producers to PAs, to do their best work in order to get the shot, make the day and finish the film on time — all while maintaining a good attitude and supporting the creative process. A good set is a well-oiled machine, with a cinematographer at, or near, the center. As a DP, you are interacting with just about every on-set department. Your job is to make everyone look good, and not just with your lighting!…  Read more

    On Jan 20, 2016
    By on Jan 20, 2016 Cinematography
  • The Union Between DPs and Operators

    “And that’s when he started yelling into the phone. No, no, no!” My agent laughed a little bit as he retold the story. The union rep was on the other end of the line, and he wasn’t very happy. “Apparently I was the third person to call him about it,” he said. It was three days before principal photography was slated to begin on my current project, and IA600 had made it painfully clear that there was no way they were letting me touch the camera. For many of us indie DPs, there has never been a delineation between shooting…  Read more

    On Oct 28, 2015
    By on Oct 28, 2015 Columns
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