At a glance
- Learn how a film director works with a DP
- Gain the confidence necessary for engaging creatively with a DP
- Taught by a film director with over 100 commercials and shorts and 4 feature films
A skilled Director of Photography (DP) is a key asset to your film. The relationship between a director and DP is essential to the success of your film, and to your career. A good working relationship will enable you as a director to develop a unique look and style.
What you will learn
Discover the way successful directors communicate their vision to a Director of Photography. Learn the key words and buzz phrases industry professionals use to make sure that the film the director sees is the one that gets committed to film.
Who should attend
Any filmmaker seeking to better understand how this very unique and special relationship is formed and used to make their film leap out of the ordinary.
About this class
1900 – 21:00 UK time
Learn to develop and direct better by creating a fluid, creative and collaborative relationship with your DP.
Preparation is key: learn how to prepare your shooting day so you can avoid conflict and come to set totally ready to shoot.
Discover how to unravel the blitz of different styles and looks to select the one that will suit your movie, and how to achieve them by honing the skills of directing and the DP.
- Picking a DP
- How to choose a DP that works with not against you
- Judging showreels
- How to spot talent and new emerging stars
- Picking a photographic ‘look’ for your movie
- How to create a unique look to your film
- On set relationships between the DP/Director and making them work
- Being visually prepared, shot lists and floor plans.
- How to avoid conflict and drive your vision home with detailed planning.
About the tutor
Simon Hunter has directed over fifty tv commercials and three feature films. His directing debut was the horror movie LIGHTHOUSE in the year 2000 and he went on to direct the visual effects-laden sci-fi movie THE MUTANT CHRONICLES in 2008.
Simon’s first feature, Lighthouse, was released theatrically in 2002. Simon subsequently became a much sort after commercials director before returning to features with Edward R Pressman’s Mutant Chronicles in the Summer of 2006.
Simon flew to Qatar in 2014 to direct 20 episodes of a Scifi adventure series set in the desert. The filming takes place in Qatar, Jordan and India.
In 2017 Simon directed his passion project, EDIE which tells the tale of an older lady who climbs a mountain in Scotland at the age of eighty-three. The film has had an enthusiastic and successful theatrical release in the UK and has sold to multiple territories.
Simon lives in the German capital, Berlin. Since 1999 he has regularly lectured for Raindance and other leading film organisations.
Read Breaking in as a Film Director by Simon Hunter
At Raindance we make filmmakers
Ask a question about Directing and the DP and/or Raindance Film School