July 3, 2016 at 8:38PM


Director and Cinematographer

What do you guys think about performing both of these positions on set? Should it be done, to save money and is it possible while making a 30 minute short film?


Some things to consider...

1) Is this a creative thing or a budgetary thing? I have often found that the two have very different motivations...creative things aren't always the most economical (in this case another position/person onset), but budgetary things aren't always the most creative...

2) Compromise: I study and practice to be a cinematographer. You can't be a good cinematographer and not understand story, acting, and directing. However, in my personal case, the technical and creative part of being a cinematographer, is what I really enjoy! I know that if I tried, “to juggle both hat's”, one would suffer. "Jack of all trades, master of none."

3) Delegation/Trust. If one was, “to wear both hats”, to avoid the pitfalls mentioned above, one would NEED to be able to delegate and TRUST those around them. If a person is a micro-manager, you would end up with half a project and a lot of people standing around … waiting on them!

July 4, 2016 at 6:12AM, Edited July 4, 6:37AM

John Dimalanta
Freelance Photographer/Cinematographer

Two people are always better than one.

For some low budget corporate work I wear almost all the hats because it's the only way to get the job done when there's no money to hire a crew for the project, but it's definitely no fun to shoot this way.

I know that I am much better at my job when I have to focus on just one part of the project, instead of trying to juggle 6 different things at the same time and feeling completely drained by the end of the shooting day.

July 4, 2016 at 8:34AM, Edited July 4, 8:35AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

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