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Grammar of the Shot, 3rd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen

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Appendix B

Essential Crew Positions for Motion Picture Production

Screenwriter – The person who writes the screenplay, which is either an original idea or an adaptation of an existing property. Not typically involved during the production or post-production phases of the project.

Director – The person in charge of interpreting the story and characters from the screenplay. Generally turns the written words into selected shots. Works with actors to achieve desired characterizations. Collaborates with many other members of the production and post-production teams.

Director of Photography/Cinematographer (DP or DOP) – The person in charge of creating the overall “look” of the film. Chief member of the camera department. Works with director to select ...

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