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The Business of Being a Cinematographer & Career (1 reply)

T.J.Penton
3 weeks ago
T.J.Penton 3 weeks ago
Hello Roger.
 
It's an honor to be reaching out to you.
 
I would like to ask for your input about the beginning stages of a cinematographers career and the business steps they should be taking. We all know everyones situation is different. But what advice would you give to someone looking to become established in the business and how to grow.
 
For example, I'm an amateur filmmaker who has produced a few short-films. And as many new filmmakers do, I'm doing just about everything, from writing, directing, and being the DoP. These short-films are marketed in the film festival circuit. And the films have been graciously nominated and received several awards for cinematography. So I hope & feel I am on a proper track. But I understand I have much more to learn.
 
But my question is, how does one make the jump from these beginning stages in their career to collaborating with more established directors and production crews to produce larger scale commercial type projects (as a DoP)? And would you suggest attending master classes with organizations such as ASC, etc.?
 
Thank you for your time.
 
Cheers.
Roger Deakins
3 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 3 weeks ago

Hard to answer. I went to film school and then worked my way up shooting different jobs until I was offered feature work. I can't say it was altogether intentional that I became a feature cinematographer. Yes, I would recommend the ASC masterclasses just as I would recommend film school. But in the end there is no substitute to personal experience. It is just a matter of working as you can and being in the right place at the right time, taking that opportunity if and when it arrives.

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