February 26, 2015 at 12:43PM
Owning Your Own Equipment Vs Renting
Is it the norm to own your own equipment as a DP? On most professional sets I've been on, and according to most of my friends who are also DPs, the equipment is usually rented out, but whenever I go on sites like Mandy, people always expect that you own all of your own equipment? To me that seems a bit ridiculous and exploitative to expect someone to throw down $10,000+ on camera, lenses, and lighting. I'm going to be graduating from film school in May and I have no idea supposed to acquire all of this gear. Does anyone else feel this way?