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DOP/operator relationship (2 replies and 2 comments)

Gabriel
5 months ago
Gabriel 5 months ago

HI All,

i'm a first time DOP on a union show where I'm working with an operator. I come from a documentary background so, my whole career I've been both at the same time. All other feature or series were never union so I also occupied both positions. 

My question is: how does that relationship go? Where do I end and where do they begin? Do they have access to the director? Do I have nothing to do with shot design? Etc...

Any input would be appreciated.

 

dmullenasc
5 months ago
dmullenasc 5 months ago

You're in charge of the photography, not the operator, so you work together, you collaborate, and the operator executes yours and the director's vision for the scene.

Gabriel
5 months ago

Kinda what I figured. Thank you Mr. Mullen.

Roger Deakins
5 months ago
Roger Deakins 5 months ago

Why don't you operate? It may be a union show but that doesn't mean you can't operate the camera. That is your choice.

Mike
5 months ago

Gabriel,
Why don’t you speak to the union rep and clarify with them of what you intend to do. You are the DP and the operator and it’s your neck that is on the line so be bold and stick it out. Unions will be happy that you spoke to them first.

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