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The Director & DOP Relationship
July 9 @ 10:00 am - July 10 @ 5:00 pm
The Director and the Director of Photography (DOP) relationship is one of the most important collaborative relationships on any film set. Not only does a director need a DOP who has all the visual and technical skills to make a film “look great,” the smart director also wants a DOP who has the creative sensibility to understand the subtext of the story and the nuances of an actor’s performance. Like any relationship, every Director and DOP relationship is unique because each one will have their own professional experiences, artistic sensibilities and personal insecurities.
The main objective of this workshop is to demonstrate how a director can create a strong personal, technical and creative working relationship with their Director of Photography.
By the end of this 2-day workshop, you should be able to:
- Recognize the importance of the Director/DOP Relationship
- Know what questions to ask when hiring a DOP
- Improve your skills when working with a DOP during prep
- Understand how to effectively communicate with a DOP on the set
On Day One, the focus in the morning will be on discussing the importance of the Director/DOP relationship. In the afternoon, the instructors will roleplay key scenarios in this relationship - from script analysis to location scouting to shooting.
The Director/DOP Relationship
- Hiring the DOP
- Creative concept meeting
- Analyzing the script
- How does one communicate creative?
- Creating the director’s vision
- Forget the ‘toys’ and let your DOP Play (i.e. don’t think for the DOP, they do it well themselves)
- Budget concerns
- Working with the crew
- Working with the cast
- Location scouts
- Logisics, safety, time and other creative ‘killers’
- Shot lists and storyboards, mood boards and brand portraits
- Set etiquette
- Post-production relationship
DOP and Director Instructor “Role Play”
- Script/concept meeting
- Location scout (Exterior/Interior)
- Shot lists/storyboards
- Block/Rehearse/Shoot one scene
- Divide class into 5 groups to work on scenes for Day 2
On Day Two, the class will be divided into groups and have the opportunity to participate in directing a scene with professional actors and Sarah as the DOP. Each scene will be recorded and played back for discussion and review.
- Each group directs a scene
- Last shot of each scene is recorded and then discussed by entire class
- Playback video of scenes and discuss
Wrap up and networking drinks
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Daniel is an award-winning executive, showrunner, director, and cross platform storyteller. Daniel specializes in seamless top to tail production, from development to production to post. As a Director, Daniel has shot all over the globe for a variety of clients, winning a Gemini for best direction for Reality Obsessed. As VP of Development, he has co-created and supervised a successful slate of television series with a variety of broadcasters. As a Showrunner he has consistently brought home entertaining shows within budget and on schedule. Daniel’s fiction films have achieved international success at festivals, and enjoyed strong worldwide distribution. He also worked as Creative Director for The Movie Network and The Family Channel, and as an Assistant Director on studio films such as The Insider (Michael Mann) and Lansky (David Mammet). Daniel is also a skilled cinematographer, editor, and award winning visual effects supervisor.
Dale Sood is an award-winning film-maker, music video director, and cinematographer. With a background in broadcasting and commercial work, he has worked with several major North American production companies in factual television and film. His most recent documentary The Impermanence of the Ordinary was an official selection at the 2013 HotDocs International Documentary Festival in Toronto, and the EBS International Documentary Festival in Seoul, South Korea.
What they're saying...
Really enjoyed the hands on aspect, very useful. It helped solidify that the directors job is not a big mystery and definitely doable.
Amazing experience. Even though a lot of information was thrown at us, it all led back to one word- story... As a filmmaker, I learned a lot and recommend to anyone, pro or amateur.
- Jawad M.
- Teresa H.
The workshop was inspirational and full of solid, useful information.
- Betty G.