Prep workflow for cinematographers (1 reply and 1 comment)
Hello Sir Deakins, I'm interested in knowing about your workflow process during preproduction, from reading the script to shooting it. How do you prepare for a shoot ?
That depends largely on the director but I usually do a lot of prep and spend a lot of time working with the director talking through a script and looking for locations. I find the more time you spend in prep the more easily you can open yourself for intuitive ideas on set as you know the basics of what is needed. Maybe, I will be involved in extensive story-boarding. I also do extensive prep regarding the lighting of each set and how each of those challenges will fit into the overall shooting schedule and the transition between day and night shooting. I spend extensive time with the production designer discussing the layout of each set and both camera and lighting requirements. I go through a practical light breakdown of each set with the set dresser and together we choose lamps that will work for both their design and the quality of light they provide. I may break down the shooting order and how it relates to the path of the sun across a location. I do a time and motion study so that I know where I will be pushed for time on a shoot day. I do equipment breakdowns, so that production is only carrying the equipment that is necessary for the day's shoot and not held over for more time than is necessary and, therefore, costing more money in rental fees. I'm probably missing out a few things. Yes, mechanical and visual effects, camera tests, make up tests, lighting tests, stock and lens tests.........
Thank you so much for your insight!