Finding Your DP

► By David Waldman



Your working relationship with the DP will be one of the most crucial relationships you develop in preproduction and production. So let’s look at what you need to know about finding and collaborating with your DP.

First Things First … the DP’s Job

The DP, or cinematographer, is the director’s right hand and chief collaborator in developing the visual language for the story being produced. The DP is responsible for all decisions surrounding the photographic world—the lighting, lens choice, filtration, camera support, camera movement, and choice of acquisition medium.

The DP collaborates with the director and production designer and also manages several departments ...

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