November 18, 2016 at 9:22AM, Edited November 18, 9:22AM
Don’t Only Hire a DP because they own a RED Camera!
Now before I get a bunch of hate mail please let me explain. I love cinematographers. You can't make a movie without one and I don't take their craft lightly. This is one of the reasons I wanted to do this podcast. Being a DP is by far one of the toughest positions on set. The pressure is immense.
With that said the explosion of low-cost cameras (RED Camera, Blackmagic, Canon 5D, Nikon, iPhones, etc) and lighting gear has thrown a huge amount of "cinematographers" into the marketplace.
This podcast is a warning to young and inexperienced filmmakers not to hire, not only a director of photography, but any top level crew member solely because they own some of the latest cool gear.
This advice also goes for sound department, editorial, lighting, visual effects and definitely color grading. When hiring any top level positions on a film production it should be based on resume, demo reel, credits and/or reputation.
Take a listen to podcast here: https://www.indiefilmhustle.com/red-camera/