Production and Post Production Work
Once the director of photography has done enough preparation for the shoot, he would discuss his ideas and vision with the director and the production designer. Once the director of photography has a clear idea of the visual style of the movie, he would then move on to next step of the production process.
The next step would be to brief his camera crew – assistant camera person, gaffer and grip - as to what is required of them during the shooting of the film. He would also ensure that special requirements are taken care of – cranes, Steadicams, lenses and the like. On the day of the shoot, they would arrive early to set up the equipment and get ready to receive the director’s instructions.
At the end of the shooting day, the director of photography would prepare for the next day’s shoot based on the instructions of the director.
In most instances, the director of photography would also view the rushes with director and take note of the director’s feedback.
In the post production process, the director of photography has to be involved in the digital grading of the film he has shot. It’s a process where film is transferred to computer for color manipulation, where visual inconsistencies are ironed out before the final print is made.