Cinematographers angst

Cinematographers angst

The role of the DP has changed considerably since digital has dominated the movie set. Revered less by one and all, the DP’s moment has come and gone.

Cinematographers of old often talk about the magic of lighting for film before digital dominated the film set and monitors spoiled the fun.

The dailies used to reveal the magic the DP created on set, but not anymore. Studio monitors have done away with dailies as every set-up can be seen and tweaked endlessly until the director is happy with the picture and more can be done in post than was ever possible before.

Has this also altered crew dynamics on the set? Here is what two cinematographers have to say about their craft and how it has changed.