February 5, 2018

DP Roundtable: How to be the Cinematographer Your Director Needs

Sundance DP Roundtable
Four powerhouse Sundance shooters share how they manage the unique director-DP relationship.

Meet four powerhouse cinematographers who had nine projects between them at Sundance this year: Claudia Raschke (The Price of Everything, RBG), Shana Hagan (Generation Wealth, Inventing Tomorrow, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Lenny), Ashley Connor (The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Madeline’s Madeline), and Mia Cioffi Henry (Cheer Up Baby).

Somehow, despite their busy schedules, I was able to sit down with all four of them on the first day of the festival. The group has a pretty amazing combined filmography. At Sundance alone, they screened docs, narratives, shorts, and an episodic TV show. They also represent four different decades of DPs, having begun shooting professionally in the ‘80s, ‘90s, 2000’s and 2010s, respectively, so they were able to share stories and advice with each other that we can all benefit from. 

"It’s easier said than done to get everyone marching in the same direction on a film set."

In our wide-ranging conversation, the talented group discusses the benefits of switching between docs & features instead of sticking to just one,  how to be the cinematographer your director needs, what to do when a production starts to go off the rails, why cinematography is a people’s business, and much more. 

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This episode was edited by Jon Fusco.

Your Comment


Not a single make cinematography in this piece? If it was only men, instead, women SJWs would have their panties in a knot.

February 6, 2018 at 11:14AM

sandy sandy

You should really untie your tights, man. This piece is about profession, not gender.

February 8, 2018 at 5:03AM

Judith Boeschoten
Director of Photography

This was a very inspirational interview. Thank you so much for this.

February 8, 2018 at 4:57AM

Judith Boeschoten
Director of Photography