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The Home of Emerging Cinematographers & DPs

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The go to spot for serious cinematographers

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The podcast is hilarious and he keeps it light while going through high level stuff and interviewing the worlds greatest creatives in the field. Keep crushing it Patrick!

Excellent and entertaining

By Dec29 - Aug 16 2018
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Appointment listening for me!

iTunes Ratings

243 Ratings
Average Ratings
231
8
3
0
1

The go to spot for serious cinematographers

By Wymanm - Oct 09 2019
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The podcast is hilarious and he keeps it light while going through high level stuff and interviewing the worlds greatest creatives in the field. Keep crushing it Patrick!

Excellent and entertaining

By Dec29 - Aug 16 2018
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Appointment listening for me!
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Rank #1: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #158 – Practical Lighting

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We are back at it in 2019 with the breakdown episodes and in today's episode we take a look at how you can lean in to your lack of budget/time/whatever is causing issues and make the most out of it. We are shooting in a parking lot with tons of old overhead fluros and we needed […]

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Jan 03 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #2: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #196 – Christopher Probst ASC (Part #1)

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Another awesome podcast today with a cinematographer that I have wanted to get on the show for a very long time.  Christopher Probst ASC is our guest on the show today and we only just scratched the surface of his work and knowledge. So much so, that we are doing a Part #2 with him as […]

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Oct 08 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #3: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #204 – Rachel Morrison ASC

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We have Rachel Morrison ASC on the podcast this episode to talk about her latest film (actually shot on film as well) Seberg. WE chat about the film, the limitations of the project and how Rachel used those to help define the look of the film, how having a young family changes your decision making process, […]

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Dec 03 2019

55mins

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Rank #4: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #200 – The Industry

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We made it!!! Episode #200 of the podcast. Many thanks to everyone that has been listening these past few years.  It has be fun, interesting, challenging, and most of all extremely rewarding over that time and I am looking forward to the future of the show. Enjoy the results of the survey and thanks again if you participated.Patreon […]

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Nov 05 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #5: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #184 – Lachlan Milne ACS

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We have a special guest on the show today in Australian cinematographer Lachlan Milne ACS.  Lachlan was originally a guest on the show a few years back. Last time we spoke with Lachlan he was busy shooting commercials and features in Australia and two years later he just recently wrapped up production on Season 3 of […]

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Jul 15 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #6: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #185 – Christopher Mably

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In today's episode with cinematographer Christopher Mably we chat about the challenges of starting in commercial cinematography, moving markets, and how to keep from getting pigeonholed. Definitely check out a small sample of Chris' work on his website and give him a follow over on Instagram. Enjoy the episode!Patreon Podcast - Da Da DiffusionThis week marks the […]

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Jul 23 2019

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Rank #7: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #169 – Matthew J. Lloyd CSC

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Cinematographer Matthew J. Lloyd sits down with us today to chat about his experience behind the camera.  We go over how he made his early marks in the business, transitioning from the commercial world to the feature world, and what gets him interested in a project these days.Be sure to check out some of Matthew's […]

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Mar 28 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #8: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #164 – Andrew Droz Palermo

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On the show today we chat with cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo.  Andrew shares his insights in to the film community, working in different genres, and how he uses technology to help inform his approach.Be sure to check out a small sample of Andrew's work below and check him out on instagram.Enjoy!Hit the Hotline: Hit the […]

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Feb 16 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #9: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #181 – Ben Briand

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In this week's podcast we chat with director Ben Briand about his commercial work, navigating the narrative waters, and how he has developed his own approach to the work. Ben has a great portfolio of commercial and short form work and I am excited to see what comes next for him. Enjoy the episode!Patreon Podcast - There […]

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Jun 24 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #10: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #178 – Paul Ozgur NSC

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Our guest on the show today is cinematographer Paul Ozgur NSC.  Our conversation touches on how Paul got his foot in the door of commercial projects, expanding in to more narrative work, and his transition from Europe to the U.S. I am a big fan of Paul's work and it was a real pleasure to finally […]

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Jun 04 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #11: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #166 – Q+A 2019

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Today on the podcast I am trying to bash through some of the Patreon questions and ohter listener questions before we get in to the next round of interviews.  If you emailed questions that I didn't get to, never fear, I will try and answer them on the next Q+A later in the year. Many thanks […]

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Mar 04 2019

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Rank #12: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #171 – Full Frame Capture

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Super 35 who?Resistance is futile...With the recent announcement of the Alexa Mini LF and the other camera manufacturers already having their own version of larger than S35 sensors the age of full frame image capture is officially upon us.While the Alexa LF may have cracked the door open for some productions to embrace full frame […]

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Apr 16 2019

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Rank #13: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #189 – Soft Light in Hard Places

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This week on the podcast we look at a challenging VFX heavy spot made even more difficult by a very small shoot location.  No studios here as we make a flight simulator room work for our blue screen cockpit shots.   One of the best parts of the job is that no two jobs are the […]

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Aug 20 2019

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Rank #14: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #177 – High Key Lighting

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We are back at it with another cinematography breakdown this week on the podcast.  In this episode we are looking at retail commercial spot that is a little bit brighter than what we normally breakdown on the podcast. One of the biggest joys of working in commercials in the sheer variety of jobs that a DP […]

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May 28 2019

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Rank #15: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #160 – Lighting Car Interiors

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On today's show we break down a recent TV commercial and take a detailed look at the lighting, lens choices, blocking, camera angles, and every other aspect that went in to the creation of the spot. Lighting Car Interiors (especially at night) takes a little getting used to and if you aren't careful it is very […]

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Jan 19 2019

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Rank #16: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #172 – Ross Emery ACS

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Ross Emery ACS is our guest on the show today.  Ross has an enormous amount of experience at the very highest level of cinematography and we touch on his beginnings shooting 2nd Unit and go right through to the kinds of projects he is currently working on. It as a real pleasure to chat with Ross […]

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Apr 23 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #17: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #165 – Alexa LF & Signature Primes

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The Arri Alexa LF and Signature Primes make for a fun combination.  In today's episode we take an extended look at a recent TV spot shot on the Alexa LF and we break down the lighting, the choices behind choosing the LF, and the framing. It is always fun testing out new gear and even better […]

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Feb 23 2019

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Rank #18: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #175 – Director Nick Ball

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Director Nick Ball is our featured guest on the show today.  We chat about his beginnings in Australia, making spec ads to start his career off, and how not saying yes helped put him on a path to success. Definitely take a minute to watch a small sample of Nick's work below and check out his […]

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May 14 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #19: The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #219 – Joseph White

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On the show this week we chat with cinematographer Joseph White about his transition from long form narrative projects to the fast paced world of beauty and fashion commercials. Joseph shares his insights in to the industry, how he made the switch from long form to commercial, and lays out some of the pros and cons […]

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Mar 17 2020

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Rank #20: The Wandering DP: Episode #186 – Throwback Lighting

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On the show today we look at a commercial that had hints of 90s nostalgia mixed with minimal set up time and lots of scenes to get through.   The more I am in this business the more it becomes apparent that any tool that can help you move faster and more efficiently is worth it's weight […]

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Jul 30 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #255 – Ben Kutchins

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We have a fun one today with cinematographer Ben Kutchins.

Ben does great work, you've seen most of it, check out the newest stuff down below and then listen in as Ben talks about working on a show with all the new COVID protocols, finding success in cinematography, and more.

Enjoy!

Commercial Cinematography: The Foundation Course

If you are interested in Commercial Cinematography and getting the most out of Pre-Production than this course is for you. 

In the course I lay out a step by step plan of action to get on commercial production radars and raise the level of your projects by maximising the prep time you have at your disposal.

Check it out:

Commercial Cinematography - The Foundation

Patreon Podcast -

This week on the Patreon Breakdown we are going over a variety of scenes from I Am Not OK with This shot by Justin Brown.

Lots of good looking sequences throughout this series and some great solutions to tricky situations that can be used at any budget level.  

If you have shows or films that you want to see broken down on Patreon please let me know over on the Discord channel.

To see the images and listen to the special breakdown podcast click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest - Cinematographer Ben Kutchins

Personal Website:  Ben Kutchins

Instagram: @benkutchins

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Nov 24 2020

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #254 – Eric Branco

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Hello good people of the podcast world!

Today on the show we sit down with a rising star in the cinematography community, Mr. Eric Branco.

Eric talks about his beginnings in the film world, how he decides what types of projects to take on, working in the new post-COVID world and much more.

Enjoy!

Commercial Cinematography: The Foundation Course

If you are interested in Commercial Cinematography and getting the most out of Pre-Production than this course is for you. 

In the course I lay out a step by step plan of action to get on commercial production radars and raise the level of your projects by maximising the prep time you have at your disposal.

Check it out:

Commercial Cinematography - The Foundation

Patreon Podcast - 7 Psychopaths

Over on Patreon this week we are breaking down a sceanrio that has kept many a great cinematographers up at night.  The dreaded multi-page day time exterior scene.  

The challenge of matching 2-3 days of shooting day time exteriors and making it all feel as though it is happening over a 10 minute period is incredibly challenging.  We look at Seven Psychopaths and how cinematographer Ben Davis used a few clever tricks to make his scenes seamless.

To see the images and listen to the special breakdown podcast click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest - Cinematographer Eric Branco

Personal Website:  Eric Branco

Instagram: @ericbranco

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Nov 17 2020

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #253 – Bjorn Amundsen

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We have a great one this week as we chat with cinematographer Bjorn Amundsen about his career and his views on cinematography at the moment.

I am a big fan of Bjorn's work so it was great to sit down and hear how he approaches the work and what is important to him both on set as a DP and offset as a family member with a time demanding job.

Please check out a small sample of his work below and give him a follow over on instagram.

Enjoy!

Commercial Cinematography: The Foundation Course

If you are interested in Commercial Cinematography and getting the most out of Pre-Production than this course is for you. 

In the course I lay out a step by step plan of action to get on commercial production radars and raise the level of your projects by maximising the prep time you have at your disposal.

Check it out:

Commercial Cinematography - The Foundation

Patreon Content - Batman Begins...

This week over on Patreon we continue our video breakdown series with an extensive look at Batman Begins.

Lots of great info packed in to the clip and we explore how you might be able to use some of the same techniques Wally and Chris used to lift your next project.

To see the images and listen to the special breakdown podcast click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest - Cinematographer Bjorn Amundsen

Personal Website:  Bjorn Amundsen

Instagram: @bjorn_amundsen_dp

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Nov 10 2020

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #252 – Daniel Green

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We have got a great show today with director/cinematographer Daniel Green.

Daniel takes us through the beginnings of his career all the way up to the work he is doing now.  It was a lot of fun to chat and hear how he has carved out a very unique position in the film world and I think a lot of listeners are going to get encouragement from hearing his journey.

Be sure to give Daniel a follow over on Instagram and check out a few of his clips down below.

Enjoy!

Commercial Cinematography: The Foundation Course

If you are interested in Commercial Cinematography and getting the most out of Pre-Production than this course is for you. 

In the course I lay out a step by step plan of action to get on commercial production radars and raise the level of your projects by maximising the prep time you have at your disposal.

Check it out:

Commercial Cinematography - The Foundation

Patreon Breakdown - The Visual Life

It finally happened.  The video thing isn't going away so this week over on Patreon we are incorporating the visual breakdowns into the rewards.

We take an extended look at a beautiful commercial and go over how the look was achieved and how you can take some of the elements and incorporate them in to your next job.

To see the images and listen to the special breakdown podcast click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest - Daniel Green

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Nov 03 2020

1hr 4mins

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #251 – A Whole Lotta Light

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Here we go!!

Lots of fun things to talk about on this one.  This week on the podcast we breakdown a recent commercial I shot during the COVID lockdown.

This was with a remote director/production company so lots of notes to take away just in that department.

Enjoy the behind the scenes look!

Patreon Podcast: Low-Con = High Times

Low Con is fun.  You like it.  I like it.

This week over on Patreon we take a look at some great low contrast looks and talk about some techniques that can help create shape when working in a low contrast environment.

You can find this week's Patreon content by clicking the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon Group

If you are a fan of the podcast and want more video content the patreon group is the place to be.  Each and every week I release an exclusive podcast, video, or live stream just for the Patreon members.

Patreon members also get access to the Private Facebook community for the show.  The podcast couldn't exist without the Patreon support and I do my best to take care of the supporters.

A Whole Lotta Light - The Spot

Camera Gear:

We shot on the Alexa Mini LF paired with the Arri Signature Primes.  Almost everything was shot wide open at T1.9.

The Location - Shade Ambient

We had a number of locations we needed to shoot in and only a single 12 hour day to do it all in.  Finding a street that had both the businesses, the aspect, and the feel we needed was the major hurdle for this job.

The Spot - Shot by Shot

Shot 1 - Steadicam Fun

The Shot

Man enters frame and buys something at an outdoor stand.

The Lighting

We needed to balance the day levels in the BG with the level we wanted in the foreground for the talent.

We used every light on the truck to get enough light in our action area.  WE had an Arri M90, 2 x Arri M40s, 1 x Arri M18 and some Skypanels inside to raise the level of the interior.

Once we softened off the light it was just enough level to hold the BG buildings from clipping.

The Result

Set Up #2 - Oysters

The Shot

Old mate walks out the building in the BG and in to the middle of the street.

The Lighting

We had to shoot this at a less than ideal time but made it work with a walking 12x12 bounce and some neg fill frame left.

The Result

The Storyboard

Set Up #3 - The Haze

The Shot

Old mate walks up to counter. 

The Lighting

We brought out all the lights again for this shot.  Luckily the location was about 200 feet from the 1st set up of the day.

Outside is an Arri M90 plus 2 Arri M40s pushing through some 12x12s.  Inside there is neg fill frame right and then a bunch of haze rounds it all out.

The Result

Set Up #4 - The Reverse

The Shot

Reverse of the previous shot.

The Lighting

We swapped everything around a bit more and used a 4x4 piece of diffusion and some floppies to add the contrast we wanted in the foreground.

The Result

Set Up #5 - The Lurker

The Shot

Lade watches old mate through the window.

The Lighting

Same as the previous set up except all of the light is now point at the woman instead of inside.  Even with all o that level we just barely got there to be able to hold the background and the front lit building.

Inside are some skypanels for ambient.

The Result

The Storyboard

Shot #6 - The Walk and Talk

The Shot

Old mate walks along a busy street.

The Lighting

This was the last shot of Day 1 and it was supposed to be in the soft light of magic hour but ended up being completely night by the time we got here.

We used the M90 and the M40s to create the day ambient and just shot it.

The Result

Set Up Location

Shot #7 - The Home

The Shot

The camera dollies in past the gate to reveal our hero has finally made it home.

The Lighting

The schedule was flipped and we ended up having to cover this entire scene with a 12x20.  That cut down the front light on the house then we added some contrast back in to the scene using the Arri M90 through a bunch of layers of diffusion as the key.

Throw in some Neg Fill frame right and we were done.

The Result

The Storyboard

Shot #9 - Closer

The Shot

Same as before.

The Lighting

See previous shot and bring the neg and diffusion closer to the edge of frame.  

The Result

The Storyboard

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Oct 27 2020

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #250 – Bill Bennett A.S.C.

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We have a special treat on the show today as we sit down witch a legend of commercial cinematography Mr. Bill Bennett A.S.C. to chat about his career, his most recent documentary work, and his detailed involvement with camera development over the years.

It was a great opportunity to sit down and hear from Bill and I know you are going to enjoy this episode.  Be sure to check out the links below to his site and his twitter account to keep up to date on what he is up to.

Enjoy!

Commercial Cinematography: The Foundation Course

If you are interested in Commercial Cinematography and getting the most out of Pre-Production than this course is for you. 

In the course I lay out a step by step plan of action to get on commercial production radars and raise the level of your projects by maximising the prep time you have at your disposal.

Check it out:

Commercial Cinematography - The Foundation

Patreon Podcast - Under Cover

Over on Patreon this week we are looking at a tough lighting challenge for any DP, the under cover scene.

Balancing the interior and exterior levels make this scene very challenging and in our analysis we breakdown how 3 very different cinematographers overcame the obstacles and were able to come away with something quite beautiful.

To see the images and listen to the special breakdown podcast click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest - Bill Bennett A.S.C.

Personal Website:  Bill Bennett A.S.C.

Twitter: @CineBill

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Oct 20 2020

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #249 – James Neihouse A.S.C.

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Hey podcast people!

Today we are chatting with James Neihouse A.S.C. who has shot more IMAX film than anyone you know.  He has been a part of some of the most visually ambitious film projects ever created and he is on the show today to talk about his latest endeavour, One More Orbit.

We chat about IMAX, training astronauts, and a whole lot more.

Enjoy!

Commercial Cinematography: The Foundation Course

If you are interested in Commercial Cinematography and getting the most out of Pre-Production than this course is for you. 

In the course I lay out a step by step plan of action to get on commercial production radars and raise the level of your projects by maximising the prep time you have at your disposal.

Check it out:

Commercial Cinematography - The Foundation

Patreon Podcast - Simple Made Easy

I am a recovering complication addict. I know there are others out there just like me. 

You have no idea what you are doing so you just keep adding elements or tools (or toys depending on the job).

In this week's Patreon Podcast we look at some of the best to ever do it and examine how keeping things as simple as possible made for beautiful cinematography.

The temptation to over complicate is always there.

Listen to the examples from this week's show and see how far you can pare back a set up on your next job.  You might just surprise yourself with the results. 

To see the images and listen to the special breakdown podcast click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest - Cinematographer James Neihouse A.S.C.

Personal Website:  James Neihouse A.S.C.

Instagram: @70mmdp

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Oct 13 2020

1hr 6mins

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #248 – Green Screen Dream

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This week on the podcast we take on a green screen monster as we breakdown a recent TVC shot earlier this year. 

In an ideal world we would've shot this in a nice studio with a beautiful grid that had all the green screen we needed pre-lit and ready to go.  

In reality we are in Western Australia which meant no studio, almost no green screen, and not a single light left on the truck to get this job over the line.

Add a 100 degree shed and few noisey birds, planes, trains, and automobiles and that basically sums up the whole experience.

Enjoy!

Patreon Podcast: Door Talk

There are a few gotchas for cinematographers;

1. The ole' sit, stand combo we have been over many times.  

2. The ole' let's shoot this whole ad at magic hour trick.  

3. The ole' let's just use natural light routine.  

These ideas hide out in the minds of every director just waiting to be unleashed on an unsuspecting DP.

This week on the Patreon Podcast we breakdown one of the oldest gotchas in the book.  The Door Talk scene.  Good luck making two people in a doorway look half way decent.

Hot, hot exteriors + subterranean light level inside = cinematography gold. 

Don't get caught out in the old Door Talk scenario. 

You can find this week's Patreon content by clicking the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon Group

If you are a fan of the podcast and want more video content the patreon group is the place to be.  Each and every week I release an exclusive podcast, video, or live stream just for the Patreon members.

Patreon members also get access to the Private Facebook community for the show.  The podcast couldn't exist without the Patreon support and I do my best to take care of the supporters.

Green Screen Dreams - The Spot

This job was all shot on a crane using the Ronin 2 as a remote head.  The Ronin 2 + wheels combo is my favorite way to operate in between handheld gigs so it is always a pleasure getting a day on the wheels.

Camera Gear:

We shot this on the Alexa Mini LF with the ... Primes.  

Can you guess which lens set we used?  If you think you can leave a comment below with your answer.

For lighting we used every source on the truck.  Arri M90s, M40s, Sky Panels, Astera Titan Tubes, Joker 800w, and more.  It is rare you get a pre-light day in WA but with the size of this set it was an absolute must.

The Location - Schedule is Everything

In our pre-production process the team decided on a location and time of day that worked to create the most interesting vantage point for the scene.

We chose a slightly backlit scene with a little atmosphere thrown in for good measure.  Having the background scene chosen before the shoot day meant we could rough in the comp on the on set monitors using Qtake to better adjust our lighting if necessary.

The Virtual World:

The Spot - Shot by Shot

Shot 1 - The Reveal & the Revelation

The Shot

The camera pushes past the foreground boulder to reveal our hero scaling the last bit of the mountain.

The Lighting

For the Main key we used the Arri M90 through a 12x20 of half grid.  To wrap the light further we had an Arri M18 closer to camera on the same side to wrap the light around pushing through a 12x12.

Overhead we bounced another M40 into two 12x12 Ultra Bounces that were hanging just above the set.

The green screen was lit with 4 Arri Skypanels on a trust that spanned the entire green screen set up in the BG and then over the top for a backlight was another Arri M40 pushing through an 8x8 of 1/2 grid.

The Result

Story Board

16x9 Crop

BTS

Shot #2 - Closer Push

The Shot

Same as above but closer and from slightly higher.

The Lighting

Now that we started the push in closer to the subject we could bring in the Arri M18 and the accompanying 12x12 to help wrap the light around even further than before.

The Result

The Storyboard

Final Comp

Shot #3 - The CU

The Shot

This was just a static close up of the previous scenes.

The Lighting

Same as above but again because we were closer that allowed us to modify a few key pieces.  We brought in a 4x4 of diffusion frame right to soften up the 9k light even more and added a smaller floppy frame left for contrast control. 

We also added a poly for a bit of an edge light coming off of the Arri M90.

The Result

The Storyboard

Shot #4 - The Wide Wide

The Shot

The Master wide of the action between the hero and the spokesperson.

The Lighting

We rotated the set to the lighting to save on set up time and ran with the exact same settings as the previous mid shots.

The Result

Final Comp

The Storyboard

BTS

Shot #5 - The Switcheroo

The Shots

In this series of shots we have now switched the virtual angle of the scene and are shooting the reverses for the previous action.

We needed to run each scene twice, once for the stunt body double, and once for the spokesperson who would then have their head comped onto the body double.

The Lighting

We switched all of the main lighting to the opposite side it was in the morning and basically used the same set up.

It was all meant to match so apart from the side the light was coming from everything else stayed the relatively simlilar.

The Result

The Storyboard

Final Comp

Shot #6 - The Yoga Medium

The Shot

Variations on the previous set up with the talent in multiple different yoga postures.

The Lighting

Same as above but on the close up we added some poly or neg depending on the angle of the face.

The Result

Story Board

Final Comp

BTS

Shot #7 - Variations

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Oct 06 2020

53mins

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #247 – Jas Shelton

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On the show this week we chat with Jas Shelton the cinematographer behind the look of Homecoming Season 2 which recently earned him an Emmy nomination.

Jas talks about his approach the pre-production, working on a series at scale, and his on set process.  Lots of great info from someone producing great work at a very high level.

Enjoy!

Commercial Cinematography: The Foundation Course

If you are interested in Commercial Cinematography and getting the most out of Pre-Production than this course is for you. 

In the course I lay out a step by step plan of action to get on commercial production radars and raise the level of your projects by maximising the prep time you have at your disposal.

Check it out:

Commercial Cinematography - The Foundation

Patreon Podcast - Locker Room Talk

Some day you will find yourself in a locker room.  There wont be any windows, the walls will be white and the ceilings will be low.  Will you make it look good?  Doubt it.

So what are some ideas that could help if you ever find yourself in that very situation.  I am glad you asked.

This week on the Patreon podcast we look at two very different sports locker room scenes and breakdown what they did well and what you could do in the same siutation.

To see the images and listen to the special breakdown podcast click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest - Cinematographer Jas Shelton

Personal Website:  Jas Shelton

Instagram: @jas.shelton

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Sep 29 2020

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #246 – Production Brief

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One of the best parts about having a podcast is you are an easy target to get asked to come on other people's podcasts.  

This week I was on Production Brief a new podcast hosted by Mark Welker and Brendan Lee that centers around, you guessed it, production and all things filmmaking.

It was a lot of fun and we touched on a few topics that we discussed in last week's podcast so I thought I would share it here.

Make sure you check out their other episodes and give them a follow as they kickstart their Podcast careers.

Enjoy!

Commercial Cinematography: The Foundation Course

If you are interested in Commercial Cinematography and getting the most out of Pre-Production than this course is for you. 

In the course I lay out a step by step plan of action to get on commercial production radars and raise the level of your projects by maximising the prep time you have at your disposal.

Check it out:

Commercial Cinematography - The Foundation

Patreon Podcast - Nothing Beats Day Drinking

Over on Patreon this week we are looking at Jason Statham vs. Superman.  Who was day drinking better?

You will shoot in a bar, you will be tempted to drink in said bar, and if you are well prepared and have a solid plan you can also get some great results.

In this week's Compare & Contrast episode we look at what makes a daytime bar scene haflway decent and break down some of the ways things can go off the rails.

To see the images and listen to the special breakdown podcast click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

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Sep 22 2020

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #245 – Remote Production

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On the show today I go over the new reality on commercial sets in a post COVID world. The filmmaking landscape has changed and the new rules and restrictions in place has altered how cinematographers do their jobs.  In this episode I lay out what has been working here in Australia and what to expect in […]

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Sep 14 2020

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #244 – Ross Emery ACS

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A bit of a different show notes page as for some reason something on the website isn't working properly and the result is Apple isn't seeing the latest episode. Regardless we are back this week business as usual with a great conversation with Australian cinematographer Ross Emery ACS. You may remember him from episode #172 where we […]

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Sep 08 2020

54mins

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #243 – Gavin Kelly

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Rejoice people of the podcast world! We are finally back to having guests on the show.  This week we are chatting with cinematographer Gavin Kelly about some of his latest work and how he approaches cinematography. Gavin has some great shows under his belt that include American Horror Story and Wu-Tang: An American Saga. We touch on everything […]

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Sep 01 2020

1hr 14mins

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #242 – The Light Bridge

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Alright party people here we go! We are back at it this week with another breakdown episode.  This time we bounce around between remote exteriors and controlled interiors.  We needed to move fast and stay nimble but still maintain the look. This commercial was fun to be on as we moved through so many set ups over […]

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Aug 25 2020

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #241 – Mid Year Recap (Not Really)

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Back on the 1's and 2's today with yours truly today on the show.  I originally had grand plans of turning this episode into a mid year version of the yearly reviews that are some of the most popular episodes of the podcast. Then it all went pear shaped so we ended up with me talking […]

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Aug 18 2020

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #240 – Sebastian Thaler

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On the show today we chat with cinematographer Sebastian Thaler about his work on the movie 7500. The movie is unique in a number of ways and Sebastian talks through his approach, dealing with the challenges, and working with a director with a very unique style. Enjoy!Commercial Cinematography: The Foundation CourseIf you are interested in Commercial Cinematography […]

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Aug 11 2020

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #239 – Sunny Days

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We are back at it this week with another breakdown of a recent tv spot.  In today's podcast we take a behind the scenes look at the lighting, framing, camera movement that it took to deliver the end result. For seasoned veterans of the podcast this breakdown will be par for the course.  I also peppered […]

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Aug 04 2020

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #238 – The Juice

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The time has come for another round of our Q+A series here on the podcast. I do my best to get to as many of these as I can via email, the comment section, or over on Discord for the Patreon group but there are always some topics that need a bit more love than others. In […]

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Jul 28 2020

55mins

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #237 – David Mullen ASC

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On the show today we chat with cinematographer David Mullen ASC about his work on the hit show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. David has been a wealth of knowledge in my own journey to becoming a cinematographer and it was a pleasure to finally have him on the show. You can see a trailer for the show […]

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Jul 21 2020

1hr 1min

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #236 – The Electric Sun Wrap

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We are trying something new today for the podcast. This is a breakdown episode of a recent commercial I shot but instead of housing all the images and lighting diagrams on the site we have packed everything into a 49 page PDF. You can download the file with all the images and descriptions from the podcast by […]

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Jul 14 2020

1hr 16mins

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The go to spot for serious cinematographers

By Wymanm - Oct 09 2019
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The podcast is hilarious and he keeps it light while going through high level stuff and interviewing the worlds greatest creatives in the field. Keep crushing it Patrick!

Excellent and entertaining

By Dec29 - Aug 16 2018
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Appointment listening for me!