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Practical Cinematography, 2nd Edition by Paul Wheeler

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The DP’s preparation

Research

Many pictures require specific, detailed research, particularly if they are period pieces, or if the director asks for a certain style or look. With the run-up and preparation times currently being scheduled, however, there is often too little time to research your subject properly. It is therefore useful to accumulate a store of reference material or to have a good idea where such material can be found. This can help not just with preparing for a shoot, but also with an initial interview for a picture. Discussing a script you only received 24 hours earlier with a director who has been living with it for months can be a lot easier if you have an understanding of the script’s context and can knowledgeably refer ...

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