When you are a director, you need to work with your DP to bring your vision to life. This week we are looking at a question from a student about how to communicate with a DP to ensure the best possible shots.
STUDENT QUESTION: How should a director work with a DP to ensure the best possible shots?
JOHN-CLAY: I’ve been a camera person and had a director before. Two things that are the most helpful for me is when someone says, “Take your time,” and “Get the shot you need.” When they’re rushing the camera person, that’s really hard, because in some ways you can start short-circuiting the creative process and you’re going to get more basic stuff because you just don’t have time to think about anything and have fun with it.Two things that are the most helpful for me is when someone says, “Take your time,” and “Get the shot you need.” Click To Tweet
So if they’re able to take some time and if they feel rushed, being able to calm they down and say, “It’s okay, we have some time. Take your time and get the shot you need,” is helpful. And then be creative. Get your basic stuff. Leave some time to say, “Just be creative. Whatever you want to do. If you want to climb stairs, if you want to lay on the floor, if you want to. What do you think would be helpful for this project?” And just let them run and have fun with it.
And then, see, that’s the point. It may be throwaway, but it might be amazing. There might be some really good stuff in there. But just trying to give them some time and space to be creative and come up with their own ideas.