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Practical Cinematography, 2nd Edition by Paul Wheeler

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The Director of Photography – an overview

I imagine most people buying this book will have aspirations to become a Director of Photography (DP), and therefore I will start the first chapter by discussing and defining the roles and tasks required of the DP. The rest of the book will take you through the necessary knowledge you will need to acquire before you can use the title DP.

The DP is the senior head of department (HOD), whose level of responsibility and depth and breadth of tasks may only be equalled, and then only on a very big picture, by the production designer. All the HODs work to the director.

The prime job of the DP is to create the visual mood of the film and this is primarily achieved by the use and control of light. This, to ...

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