In the interest of speaking directly to those who want to know, I’m inviting questions from the followers of this blog. All aspects of cinematography and filmmaking are fair game. Remember that in matters of taste and technique there are as many opinions and approaches as there are cinematographers; what you’ll find under this heading is a data point of one.
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Leading off is Paula P. of Tampa, Florida. She asks…
What is your first priority when you get to set in the morning?
I was trained that if I’m not there at least half an hour before official call time, I‘m late. I’m not a coffee drinker nor am I a big breakfast kind of guy, so in most cases I like to take a few minutes to meet with the director, first assistant director and key members of the crew as they straggle in. We’ll do a quick review of what we’re facing on the call sheet and sort out any issues or changes in plan that may have arisen since the previous wrap. The gaffer, key grip and first camera assistant are then free to disseminate that information to their subordinates. Though it’s an informal and collegial process, it gives everyone a bit of an edge for when the bell actually rings.
I also make sure to take a minute to myself before diving into the challenges of the day. I love what I do and am always thankful for the opportunity to do it. Try it sometime and you’ll enjoy an energizing, centering effect!