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Things a Cinematographer does a first thing when he/she reaches on set? (1 reply and 3 comments)

Sairaj Batale
4 months ago
Sairaj Batale 4 months ago

Greetings Master Mullen, Master Deakins, and all users out there.
What process takes place before you hit the record button? What are the procedures you go through when you reach your set location? This is not about the pre-production I'm asking about, but about the production where you have reach set each day.

Jacob W.
4 months ago
Jacob W. 4 months ago

This is a solid question! I can't speak as a cinematographer myself, and I don't wish to answer this as a professional, but I've been on many sets, and this is WHAT I HAVE OBSERVED - (And it can differ and change day to day and from DP to DP) -

but usually they arrive on set around the time the crew does, some come before, some come after. If there is a cast rehearsal, normally the DP will be there to help with blocking and discuss framing camera placement with the Director. Then they will discuss the shot list for the day with the First AD and Director. Perhaps go over storyboards and the work they have for the day. Then they will begin to light the set with the gaffer and the key grip, if they haven't already done so. A stand in will be used to light. The camera lens will be chosen depending on what the discussion with the director was and the movement of the camera will be rehearsed. Then normally the director will either return or give the go ahead along with the DP when the set is lit properly and camera is ready to shoot. Then the cast will arrive on the day, perhaps one more rehearsal and run through,  and everything will be prepared for a first take!

 

I assume there is quite A LOT I overlooked that the others will fill in with. I don't know exactly the intricacies that occurs behind the scenes of that, but from my experiences the DP arrives and immediately begins to do his or her job! 

Mike
4 months ago

Excellent post Jacob, not much to add really, except for the poor soundman shouting “sound running” and followed by “speed” from the cameraman (perhaps they don’t do that anymore). Must keep up with the times!

Jacob W.
4 months ago

Oh no... you still get the good ole' "SPEED" and of course the clapper yelling "TAILS"! Then we get Rolling and Action... BUT now it's all about the "balls and charts" and "Passes" you have a Hulk Pass, a Thanos Pass, a any superhero in the movie pass... it's a VFX nightmare sometimes.

Sairaj Batale
4 months ago

Thank you so much, guys! I guess I kinda got my answer.

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