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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

235 Ratings
Average Ratings
224
7
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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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #122 – The Challenge of Vintage Anamorphics

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Listen to the Podcast:On the podcast this week we look at the challenges of using vintage anamorphics on a commercial project and what you can do to make the challenges work for you. Most cinematographers like the look of vintage anamorphics but the flaws in the mechanical design, housings, consistency, and more of these lens sets […]

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Apr 24 2018

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #130 – Natural Light

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Watch the Show:Listen to the Podcast: In episode #130 there are changes lurking in the distance.  The podcast is back from LA and to cap off the shift in content we are adding a video portion to the show, setting up a way for you to get on the podcast, and breaking down yet another […]

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Jun 20 2018

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #124 – Location Lighting

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Listen to the Podcast: On the show this week we are taking an extensive behind the scenes look at a recent television commercial and how you can use your limitation to your advantage. There are always issues on set with budget, crew, time, production, and one of the cinematographers main jobs is deciding where and when […]

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May 08 2018

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #199 – Oli Millar

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A great show today with return guest cinematographer Oliver Millar.  I am a big fan of Oli's work and since having him on the podcast back in Episode #95 his work has only gotten better.

Enjoy this episode and if you have a minute to contribute to Episode #200 next week make sure to head over to the Patreon page to fill out the survey on the industry and a cinematographer's place in it.

Thanks for listening!

Patreon Podcast - In Complete Solohuette

We are back at it this week on Patreon looking at a small indie film shot by Bradford Young ASC, a regular on the Feature Film Breakdown.

This week we look at Solo: A Star Wars Story and some of the challenges the script presented and how the team attacked those issues to create some visually stunning segments.

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

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest - Oli Millar

Personal Website: Oli Millar

Instagram: @oli_millar

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Oct 29 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #134 – Eric Koretz

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Watch the Episode: Episode #134: Eric Koretz - CinematographerThis week on the show we chat with cinematographer Eric Koretz about his latest work on the film Siberia as well as how he got started in the industry and his transition from graphic design to moving images. In today's conversation we go over how to communicate with […]

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Jul 17 2018

1hr 52mins

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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 we barely touched on any of his actual work.  

It was a great conversation and I am thankful there are people like Christopher out there smart enough to explain complex things in an easy manner to people like myself.

Enjoy!

Patreon Podcast - Prisoners in Silhouette

We are dipping our toes in familiar waters this week over on the Patreon Podcast.  We take a long look at establishing shots and style in Roger Deakins ASC BSC Prisoners.

Lots of great things to go over in this film but we focus our time on shooting silhouettes and wides.  This was a fun one to check out so make sure you give it a listen and check out the stills over on the Patreon page to follow along.

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

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest - Christopher Probst ASC

Personal Website:  Christopher Probst ASC

Instagram: @probstdp

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Oct 08 2019

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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

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #135 – Todd Banhazl

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Watch the Episode: Episode #135 - Cinematographer Todd BanhazlWe dive in the deep end with cinematographer Todd Banhazl this week on the podcast.  Todd has shot some amazing work and we chat about his workflow on set, finding new collaborators and more on this episode. Todd just had a music video for Muse go live and […]

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Jul 24 2018

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #141 – Denis Lenoir, AFC ASC

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Listen to the Episode: One hell of a podcast today with French cinematographer and all around classy gentleman Denis Lenoir, AFC ASC.  Denis was a blast to hang out with and you can sense his passion for the work and the business. I joke in the episode that "artist" is a great title for Denis but […]

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Sep 04 2018

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #109 – Lady Bird DP Sam Levy

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Listen to the PodcastA very special episode this week as we sit down to chat with cinematographer Sam Levy about his work on the film Lady Bird. Lady Bird marks Greta Gerwig's directorial debut and in our conversation we go over working with Greta, deconstructing the script, and turning ideas into reality once you are on […]

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Jan 24 2018

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #146 – Matthew Ballard

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Director of Photography Matthew Ballard is my guest on the show today and we chat about coming up in the film industry, finding the right collaborators, and how small changes can be impactful on your overall career. Matthew was a pleasure to chat with and his insights in to his work and what it takes to […]

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Oct 09 2018

1hr 18mins

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #136 – Arri Zeiss Master Anamorphics

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Today on the podcast we are looking at a recent TV campaign that was shot on the Arri Master Anamorphics inside of a commercial airplane. There were lots of different challenges with the lighting, blocking, and finding the right camera angles. This si the closest thing we will ever get to doing on a blocking podcast.   I […]

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Aug 02 2018

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #126 – Two Camera Cinematography

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Listen to the Podcast: This week on the podcast we are continuing our look at a recent 5 day TV campaign we shot in Los Angeles.  In today's episode we look at the pros and cons of shooting with two cameras and discuss how to effectively manage your team as it grows. In this breakdown you […]

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May 22 2018

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #142 – Perspective Distortion

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Have you seen The Tree of Life?  Probably. Have you ever seen a commercial inspired by The Tree of Life visuals? Again probably yes. Have you ever listened to a podcast talking about a commercial inspired by The Tree of Life in the vaguest & loosest possible way (yet the host of the podcast incessantly repeats the […]

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Sep 11 2018

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #120 – Front Light

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​Listen to the Podcast:Back light has long been the go to look when trying to make images that are pleasing to the eye.  There are numerous benefits to using back light in your set ups but this podcast will be ignoring all of those and delving into the uncharted world of front light. Situations and locations […]

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Apr 11 2018

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #133 – Storyboards (The Good & Bad)

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Watch the Episode: The grand finale of our 5 part series breaking down a recent television commercial.  Today we see the challenges behind balancing harsh lighting conditions in matching interior and exterior locations. Shooting during the day and balancing levels between the inside and outside is always a challenge and in this episode we look at […]

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Jul 10 2018

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #162 – Logan Triplett

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On this week's podcast we sit down with cinematographer Logan Triplett and talk about his experience in the film business . It was awesome to get a chance to sit down with Logan and his stories shine a light on where he comes from as an image maker. Be sure to check out the projects below to […]

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Feb 03 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #152 – Low Budget Filmmaking

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Welcome good people of the podcast world.  We are back at the breakdowns again this week on the podcast and we are going big. We are breaking down 41 shots from a recent low (read no) budget project and talking about how we made our weaknesses into our strengths. It is always fun to stretch yourself a […]

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Nov 21 2018

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #118 – Lighting with HMIs

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Listen to the Podcast:On the podcast this week we look at two different daytime interior scenarios and how we used various HMIs to light the respective rooms.   HMIs are generally the go when re-creating sunlight on location and while LEDs have come a long way the HMI lamps are still the go to for most cinematographers. In […]

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Mar 28 2018

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #159 – Albert Salas

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Kicking off the new year in style with our guest on the show today Mr. Albert Salas. I've been a fan of Albert's commercial work for a bit now and it was great to get a chance to chat as he makes his way in to the feature world. He has a great eye and I think […]

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Jan 09 2019

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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, and her choices after Black Panther.

It was a real pleasure to chat to Rachel and I know you are going to enjoy the knowledge she shares in this episode.

Enjoy!

Patreon Podcast #138 - Commercial References

On the Patreon Podcast this week we look at one of the commercials that I used as a reference throughout the pre-production process of the feature last year.  

This spot was shot by Steve Annis and we take a look at some of the lighting and composition choices that caught my eye and discuss how to take those ideas and try and make them your own.

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

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest - Rachel Morrison ASC

Personal Website:  Rachel Morrison ASC

Instagram: @rmorrison

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Dec 03 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #203 – Billy Peña

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This week on the show we chat with cinematographer Billy Peña about his start in the film world, coming up in NYC, making the move out to L.A. and managing a young family with the increasing travel demands of a commercial DP.

I had a great time chatting with Billy and be sure to check out his work below and give him a follow over on Instagram.

Enjoy!

Patreon Podcast #137 - Out of the Highlights

Over on Patreon this week we take a long look at Masanobu Takayangi's work on Out of the Furnace.

I am always looking for films where the standard frame work is pushed to an extreme or completely thrown out the window and this film does exactly that.  Lots of interesting looks and decisions to chat through that hopefully you can use to make better choices on your next project.

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

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Featured Guest - Billy Peña

Personal Website:  Billy Peña

Instagram: @billimo

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Nov 26 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #202: Shooting Anamorphic on the Alexa Mini LF

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The age of the Mini LF is upon us and in this podcast we take our first look at the Mini LF in action with anamorphics.

It is a bit of a workaround at the moment to get everything to play nicely together on set but I was really pleased with the results even if I wasn't the biggest fan of the lenses.

Enjoy the behind the scenes look at a recent commercial spot.

Patreon Podcast #136: The Commercial World

This week on Patreon we mix it up and take a look at a commercial shot by Khalid Mohtaseb that i really enjoyed the look of.

Commercials are a great medium for exploring what is new and fresh in the cinematography world so I thought we would break up the feature looks and dive in to something slightly more contemporary.

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.

Alexa Mini LF & Anamorphics - The Spot

This spot was the brand piece that we shot off the back of two days of retail ads.  We actually shot the retail section on the Cooke Speed Panchros (which we will look at in another breakdown podcast) and the brand piece we then shot in anamorphic.

Camera Gear:

Check out the gear I use on all of my commercial shoots by clicking the link below:

Wandering DP Commercial Cinematography Gear

We used the Arri Alexa Mini LF and coupled that camera with the P+S Evolution Kowas.

The Location - The Feature House

The main location for this montage ad was actually the hero house we shot in for 5 days earlier in the year for the feature film I shot.  

Alexa Mini LF - Shot by Shot

Shot 1 - Outside Look

The Shot

This was our first set up of the day and the shot is our hero talent just missing his partner as he returns from his morning run.

The Lighting

The sun was just out of shot frame left and we used the Sun Wrap approach to line up this shot.  We wrapped the sunlight around from the same side as the backlight using a 4x4 bounce.

Because we were moving so quickly we didn't have time to take the edge of the heat from the sun so it ended up being quite a harsh backlight.

Add a 4x4 floppy camera right and that was it.

The Result

Set Up #2 - The Wide Stairs

The Shot

The hero shot of the couple reunited in the hallway.

The Lighting

By the time we entered the house the sun was above the window line which meant the light coming through was sky ambient as opposed to direct sunlight.

We used the natural light of the hallway in combination with haze and neg fill all around and behind camera to help add some contrast.

The Result

Set Up #3 - The Coverage

The Shot

Coverage of our hero moment between the two lead talent.

The Lighting

We walked in a 4x4 floppy frame right for each talent and then repositioned the action to get the best light fall off on the female's face.  It wasn't quite enough level and we were missing an eye light so we used an Arri S-60 Skypanel to help wrap the light to the dark side cheek and to add a little eye light.

The Result

Set Up #4 - His Coverage

The Shots

The reverse.

The Lighting

Same as above but we repositioned everything for his new angle.  We had to lower the S-60 even more than before to deal with the deepness of the eyes.

The Result

Set Up #5 - The Hallway

The Shots

This series of hallway shots required various different looks as we follow the talent down the hallway and out the door.

The Lighting

The lighting here had to be extremely flexible as each outfit change required a lighting change in very little turn around time.  We used the ambient day and controlled it through a T bar of neg fill behind the camera.

Each room had a sky panel s-60 and one room had an M18.  As lighting changes were required we would change color and intensity on the fly to give us a variety of different looks.

The Result

Set Up #6 - The Kitchen

The Shots

A montage of quick kitchen moments was required to sell the business of their lives as well as the passing of time.

The Lighting

We used a combination of an Arri M18 coupled with a Joker 800 for the direct light.  We also added a bunch of haze to this sequence to help lift the blacks and control the harshness of the lamps outside the window.

The Result

Set Ups #7 & #8 - The Bits

The Shots

More of the montage.

The Lighting

Here we used the same lamps as before but swapped them to come from the other side of the window.  Again just for variation and a different look.

The Result

Set Up #9 - Cup of Coffee

The Shots

Our hero talent sips his daily coffee.

The Lighting

Same as before for the baclground outside but now we added a Skypanel through the Octodome as the key.  Frame left we used a T bar Neg to help model the contrast.

The Result

Set Up#10 -The Stir

The Shot

Same as before but in tight on the process.

The Lighting

Same as above.

The Result

Shot #11 - In the Car

The Shot

We shot a whole series in the car in a variety of outfits and talent combinations.

The Lighting

We chose to shoot these in the afternoon when the sun would be low enough to get some light inside the car but not low enough to actually enter the frame.  This kept the contrast manageable without needed lots of lighting or rigging.

We picked a path that was backlight and drove in a loop to get all the coverage we needed.  No light or bounce just some neg behind and to the side of camera.

The Result

Set Up #12 - The Bedroom

The Shots

In the bedroom we needed a number of different set ups with the couple.  The challenge was the bedroom was on the second floor and we had to shoot during the day and the room was floor to ceiling glass on one side.

The Lighting

We blacked out all the windows, added a few titan tubes above the bed from frame left to act as the practical carry, put the pracs in shot on dimmers and set the level very low.  

Then on the hero talents computer I placed and Aputure MX to help dial in the coolness of the monitor we needed to contrast the warmth of the practicals.

Frame left we used the door to leak in just a tiny bit of ambient daylight from the hallway.

The Result

Set Up #13 - Sawing Logs

The Shot

A single of our hero lady in bed asleep.

The Lighting

We kept everything in place from the previous shot but added some Titan tubes on the shadow side of the camera to add just a hint of level to pull her out of the darkness.

In the BG you can see a leak of daylight coming from our black out job.  Would have been great to get it patched up but we ran out of time.

The Result

Set Up #14 - Sleep In

The Shot

The morning look inside the bedroom.

The Lighting

This was our last look inside the bedroom and as the G&E team worked to breakdown everything and move to the next set up we snuck in this morning look.

WE kept the neg in place from the previous shot and opened up the lens and exposed for the blinds in the BG.  This shot is all natural daylight coming in from outside the sheers.

The Result

Set Up #15 - Morning Run

The Shot

In this series we see the female talent running on the treadmill.  Lots of fast cuts and points of coverage in what was a fairly bland white room.

The Lighting

We used an Arri M40 from outside through a series of frames for ambient room levels and for her soft key.  Then we used the Joker 800 to add the sun slash on the wall.  

In the background for the window we added a 4x4 frame outside to block off the view and then we finished it off with quite a bit of haze in the room.

The Result

Set Up #16 - TV Time

The Shot

This is the start of a series of shots in front of the TV late at night.

The Lighting

We built up the ambient outside with a combination of the Joker 800 and the Arri M18 with the CRLS Reflectors.

Inside we had the practicals on dimmers coupled with two skypanels on the ground to key the middle ground and the foreground.

Don't forget the haze.

The Result

Set Up #17 - Her Turn

The Shot

Close up of the female talent watching tv with the male in the BG.

The Lighting

Same as before but we shot this at dusk so there is a bit more level outside.  

The Result

Set Up #18 - Stir Fry

The Shot

Late night dinner prep scene.

The Lighting

We used a series of Titan tubes for the key from frame right then added neg frame eft.  In the background on the windows was a net material to take down the daylight we were actually shooting this scene in.  

For the light above the stove we used a Astera Helios.

Add haze to taste.

The Result

Set Up #19 - Warm Glow

The Shot

Our talent is ironing his shirt as he watches the tv.

The Lighting

Here we used the same set up as the other night scenes in the tv room.

We were able to add a bit more control and contrast to the scene by walking all the fixtures closer.  That control allowed us to have a bit more shape here than in the previous wide shot.

The Result

Set Up #20 - Solo Dinner

The Shot

Our final shot for the day.  Our talent eats a meal at the dinner table by herself.

The Lighting

By this point everyone was packing up the gear from the previous scene so we used the bare minimum amount of fixtures to do the job and still make the day.

We had a Titan tube outside for level in the BG then inside we had a Titan tube rig above the kitchen counter inside as well.

We used an Arri S-60 from both frame right and left to act as key and edge light.  Then of course haze to round it out.

The Result

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Nov 19 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #201 – Pierre Michel- Estival

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We are back to our regularly scheduled content this week and in this episode we chat with director Pierre Michel-Estival.  

Pierre has a unique story on how he came to be a commercial director and in this episode he shares his path from the VFX world to the on set one.

Be sure to check out a small sample of his work below.

Enjoy!

Patreon Podcast - BooKKKlight

This week over on Patreon we take a long look at BlacKkKlansman shot by a former guest of the show Chayse Irvin.

Beautiful images throughout the film and you throw Tom Poole in the mix as colorist and you have a winning formula for the film. 

Head over to the Patreon page to listen to the podcast and see the images discuessed throughout the episode.

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Featured Guest - Director Pierre Michel-Estival

Personal Website: Pierre Michel-Estival

Instagram: @pmichel_estival

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Nov 12 2019

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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 Podcast -Predestined to be Moody

For the Patreon podcast this week we take a deep dive in to the film Predestination shot by Ben Nott ACS.

A visually striking film with lots to learn from this was a fun episode to record.  If you support the show make sure you have added the RSS feed to your podcast player of choice to make the listening experience as easy as possible.

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

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Nov 05 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #199 – Oli Millar

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A great show today with return guest cinematographer Oliver Millar.  I am a big fan of Oli's work and since having him on the podcast back in Episode #95 his work has only gotten better.

Enjoy this episode and if you have a minute to contribute to Episode #200 next week make sure to head over to the Patreon page to fill out the survey on the industry and a cinematographer's place in it.

Thanks for listening!

Patreon Podcast - In Complete Solohuette

We are back at it this week on Patreon looking at a small indie film shot by Bradford Young ASC, a regular on the Feature Film Breakdown.

This week we look at Solo: A Star Wars Story and some of the challenges the script presented and how the team attacked those issues to create some visually stunning segments.

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

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest - Oli Millar

Personal Website: Oli Millar

Instagram: @oli_millar

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Oct 29 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #198 – The Schedule

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We are making up for lost time this week on the podcast.

This week we are breaking down a crazy commercial that involved shooting 3 different ads in a 12 hour day.  We had kids, sports, cars, and more.

41 shots spread across 4 locations in 11 hours.  Can we pull it off?

Patreon Podcast: Assasin's Creed to Side Light

This week on our Film Breakdown we are taking a closer look at Assasin's Creed shot by Adam Arkapaw.

If you aren't familiar with Adam's work definitely check him out.  He is one of my personal favorites.

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.

The Schedule - The Spot

This was a crazy schedule with 3 ads shooting the same day.  To pull this off we needed locations that worked with our limited flexibility, a fast and nimble crew, and gear that wouldn't hold us back.

Camera Gear:

Check out the gear I use on all of my commercial shoots by clicking the link below:

Wandering DP Commercial Cinematography Gear

We used the Arri Alexa Mini on the DJI Ronin 2 for all of the sequences in this ad.

The only kit not listed on that page is the set of Atlas Anamorphics we used on this one.

We stuck with a small kit of HMIs (nothing bigger than a 4k) and the normal arsenal of LED staples.  Astera Titan Tubes, Skypanels, and Litegear Litemats.

The Location(s) - A Blistering Pace

To make this schedule achievable it all came down to finding locations that worked at the exact time we needed them to work.  The challenge was finding all 4 spots close enough that the move wouldn't kill us.

We needed a football field, a bus route, a home, and a studio.

No easy task.

The Football Field

The Spot - Shot by Shot

Shot 1 - The Field

The Shot

The first ad opens on a AFL field.  Kids are chasing after a ball as it is kicked across the screen.

The Lighting

For our schedule to work we had to run completely bare for this scene.  No lights, no helping hands, just the location and the time of day we chose.

We were able to re-position the action in each shot to make the angles slightly more favorable but apart from that we were at the mercy of the sun and the time of day.

The Result

Set Up #2 - In Closer

The Shot

The camera follows the action in a mid shot moving left to right in the frame.

The Lighting

This is a continuation of the previous set up.

The Result

The Storyboard

Set Up #3 - The Shift

The Shot

We cut to a shot of the feet running at full pace.  These textural shots are nice to keep the speed and pace up in the edit.  The camera is on the Ronin 2 and being carried as low as possible to the ground to get a sense of speed.

The Lighting

We moved all the action and extras to now face south rather than west as they were in the previous set up.

This meant the sun was in a more forgiving spot in the background and help to backlight the action.

The Result

Set Up #4 - The Runner

The Shots

Same as above to match the feet but now we were looking at our talent.

The Lighting

Same as above.

The Result

Set Up #5 - The Crowd Shot

The Shot

We moved the camera in the same direction as before as the action passes across the screen from left to right. The focus is now on the crowd as the players fly by the lens in the foreground.  

The Lighting

Same as above.

The Result

The Storyboard

Shot #6 - The Track

The Shot

We are back in our original location and leading our talent as he runs full speed up the field towards the camera.

The Lighting

We tried to squeeze a 4x4 poly in the mix but the talent was too fast for the gaffer.

The Result

Shot #7 - The Injury

The Shot

The talent offloads the ball and is injured in the process.  The camera pushes in as he reacts.

The Lighting

This was the first time we were able to shape things a little as the action was fairly contained.

We used two floppies on frame right. and a 4x4 poly frame left.

The Result

Shot #8 - The Match (Part #1)

The Shot

This shot will be matched inside the doctor's office.  We needed a focal length and a lighting direction that we could match in the studio set up later in the day.

The Lighting

See previous shot.  

The Result

Shot #9 - On the Move

The Shot

In this ad we are in a bus with a guy who isn't feeling the best.  We need a few bits of coverage and had about an hour to make it all work.

The Lighting

We mapped on the route the bus would loop and then had a floppy on stand by and a 4 bank of Astera Titans if we needed any quick directional fill.

The Result

The Storyboard

Shot #10 - The Hands

The Shot

See previous shot.

The Lighting

See previous shot.

The Result

Shot #11 - The Fall

The Shots

The Same but closer.

The Lighting

Titan Tubes plus a floppy.

The Result

The Storyboard

Shot #12 - The Wide Push

The Shot

We were about an hour behind when we rolled up on the 3rd location of the day.  This was important as time of day was so crucial to our lighting here.

We started with the wide as we push in to a mid shot outside the house while the talent prunes some roses.

The Lighting

We had the sun as our backlight, wrapped with an 8x8 ultra bounce then added some contrast with a 8x8 of Neg frame left.

The Result

The Location:

Shot #13 - The Cut Detail

The Shot

We cut in tight to reveal that she is about to cut her hand.

The Lighting

Same as above but now the shade is starting to creep in to our key area.  Not ideal by any means.

The Result

Shot #14 - The Moving Cut

The Shot

This is another angle on the opening shot of the pruning.

The Lighting

The shade is now completely covering our main area.  This means we lose the contrast and the key in the bounce that we were using to shape this scene.

The Result

Shot #15 - The Call

The Shot

After the woman cuts her hand she calls for help.

The Lighting

We didn't want to have this shot all flat and ugly so we moved the action around the corner of the house and in to the sun so we could use it as a back light to help pull the phone away from the background.

WE used a 4x4 frame and some neg behind camera to further enhance the contrast.

The Result

Shot #16 - The Match (Part #2)

The Shot

This is the frame match wioth the shot from the morning on the field.  The curtain is pulled and we see the same person, the same angle, in a different location.

The Lighting

We used a Joker 800 outside through a small window to add some rome tone and get an ambient level we liked.

Inside we had a Litemat 2L through a 4x4 of diffusion for the key from frame left.  Coupled with some Neg frame right and a titan tube in a grid we were able to create the necessary shape.

The Result

Shot #17 - Office Version 1

The Shot

We cut out to the wide to reveal the entire office space.

The Lighting

See above frame plus we added a Sky Panel S-60 in an Octodome to add to the ambient levels.

The Result

Shot #18 -Office Version 2

The Shot

This is the wide alternative for the second commercial.  Same space with a slightly different angle.

The Lighting

We used all the same equipment as the previous set up but rearranged the fixtures on the ground.  

The Result

Shot #19 - The Doc Example

The Shot

In each scenario at the office location we shot singles of the doctors and the patients.  This is one of those singles.

The Lighting

We made sure to use the same fixtures throughout each of these but varied position and angle slightly to try and achieve something a bit different.

This example the key is from the Titan tube rig and the BG is being lit with the Skypanel and the Joker 800 outside.

The Result

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Oct 22 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #197 – High Contrast Exteriors

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After one of the most popular, informative, and entertaining episodes in the history of the show we pause from the interviews to take a look at how a recent commercial I shot was put together.

This time on the podcast we break down a horse racing spot and talk lighting, lenses, schedule, and more.

Enjoy the behind the scenes look!

Patreon Podcast: Bad Times at the Backlot

Over on Patreon this week for the Feature Film Breakdown we are going over Bad Times at the El Royale.

A very unique looking film with lots to talk about.  We go over cinematographer Seamus McGarvey's studio approach and how he was able to blend style in to the story.

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.

High Contrast Exteriors - The Spot

We shot two cameras for this job because time with the horses was limited.  This was also the final S35 tvc for a while now I would imagine.

Camera Gear:

Check out the gear I use on all of my commercial shoots by clicking the link below:

Wandering DP Commercial Cinematography Gear

We used the Alexa XT and an Alexa mini for the gimbal. The gimbal was the Ronin 2.  We shot Prores 444.

The only kit not listed on that page is the set of Vintage Cooke Panchros we used on this one.

No lights on this one but we did make heavy use of 12x12 Ultra Bounces, Neg, and Highlight frames.

The Location - Schedule is Everything

The entire spot plays outside on a racecourse.  We had a single day and had to move quickly to get the sun in the spot it needed to be for all of the set ups.  

The treatment called for high contrast imagery and we need a strong backlight (the sun) to make that happen.

Below is a diagram of the location.  We moved 3 times on the day and those moves are also highlighted on the map.

The Spot - Shot by Shot

Shot 1 - The Push Start

The Shots

The ad ends with a slow push in on a jockey as he eye balls the camera.

The Lighting

This was the hero shot of the ad so we made the best use of the location and the light and scheduled this shot as the first of the day.

We oriented the action so that the camera was facing North and used a 4x4 frame of highlight to cut the sun on the talent.  Then we used a 12x12 of Ultra bounce to wrap the sun on his key side.

Finally we had two 4x4 floppies camera right to create the contrast we were after.

The Result

Shoot Location

Set Up #2 - The Push Finish

The Shot

Final position on the push in.

The Lighting

This is a continuation of the previous set up.

The Result

The Storyboard

Set Up #3 - The Texture

The Shot

This shot wasn't storyboarded but because we had two cameras rolling the entire shoot we were able to pick up extra textural moments as A cam was focused on the storyboard essentials.

The Lighting

We were now on the West side of the track looking East.  The sun is starting to rise in the sky which meant our subject would be backlight  if we shot towards the East.

We have a 12x12 Neg camera left and a 12x12 Ultra Bounce camera right.

The sun was ducking in and out of clouds so the effect of the bounce and neg is more or less impactful depending on the moment.

The Result

Set Up #4 - The Grand Wide

The Shots

This was the hero shot of the riders preparing to enter the starting gate.

The Lighting

We used the sun to backlight the rider then bounced a 12x12 Ultra from frame right and a 12x12 Neg was camera left to add some shape.

The Result

Set Up Location

The Storyboard

Set Up #5 - The Take Off

The Shots

The B cam angle of the previous shot.

The Lighting

See shot #4.

The Result

The Storyboard

Shot #6 - The Fly By

The Shots

We moved back to the East side of the track to start the final sequence of the day.  We needed shots of the riders and horses entering the gate.  B cam was able to get this shot while A cam was frame right getting a profile of the riders in the gates.

The Lighting

Donuts.

The Result

Set Up Location

Shot #7 & 8 - The Entrance

The Shots

The super shot.

The Lighting

All the lighting remained from the previous set ups as we hunted for various angles to lay the super over.  They ended up choosing a frame with some dirty foreground window elements which always helps to create depth.

The Result

The Storyboard

Shot #9 - Steady...

The Shots

We needed shots of the horse getting ready to exit the starting block. The B cam was able to grab these shots as the A cam got Shots 10 - 11.

The Lighting

See previous shot.  

The Result

The Storyboard

Shot #10 - In the Gates

The Shot

This shot kicks off a series of shots from inside the starting gates.  We just roamed from frame to frame as soon as the horses entered the starting gate.  We were low on time here so we hosed it down with coverage.

The Lighting

We blacked all around the camera so that the only light coming through was the direct backlight from the sun.

The Result

The Storyboard

Shot #11 - The Same but Closer

The Shot

See previous shot.

The Lighting

See previous shot.

The Result

Shot #12 - The Dolly Zoom

The Shots

This shot was a dolly zoom as the gates opened to give the viewer an odd sense of the movement at the start of a race.

The Lighting

Donuts.

The Result

The Storyboard

Shot #13 - Off to the Races

The Shot

Now the jockey raises up and makes a motion like the gates have opened.  From there we cut to the gates of an actual race opening up.

The Lighting

See shots 10 & 11.

The Result

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Oct 15 2019

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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 we barely touched on any of his actual work.  

It was a great conversation and I am thankful there are people like Christopher out there smart enough to explain complex things in an easy manner to people like myself.

Enjoy!

Patreon Podcast - Prisoners in Silhouette

We are dipping our toes in familiar waters this week over on the Patreon Podcast.  We take a long look at establishing shots and style in Roger Deakins ASC BSC Prisoners.

Lots of great things to go over in this film but we focus our time on shooting silhouettes and wides.  This was a fun one to check out so make sure you give it a listen and check out the stills over on the Patreon page to follow along.

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

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest - Christopher Probst ASC

Personal Website:  Christopher Probst ASC

Instagram: @probstdp

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Oct 08 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #195 – Phedon Papamichael ASC, GSC

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We are mixing it up this week on the podcast.  Normally this would be a breakdown episode but we were lucky enough to get to chat to cinematographer Phedon Papmichael ASC GSC about his latest collaboration with James Mangold For vs. Ferrari.

I am a big phan of Phedon's and the two trailers out now for his latest movie look incredible.  Full frame anamorphic for the win!

Hopefully you enjoy this episode!

Patreon Podcast - The Social Backlight

In this week's feature film breakdown we take a look at a scene that is up there with my all time favorites.   We are looking at David Fincher's The Social Network shot by Jeff Cronenweth ASC.

Lots of great scenes to choose from but we focus on how David and Jeff managed to stick to their guns and make sure they were getting exactly what they wanted from every location/scene.

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

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest - Phedon Papamichael ASC, GSC

IMDB: Phedon Papamichael ASC

Instagram: @papa2

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Sep 30 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #194 – TWIN

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We have got a special treat for everyone today. My guests on the show today are a rare breed of twin directors who started by climbing the commercial ladder before a personal project helped to open doors to the feature's world.  They are also extra special for being one of the few repeat guest on the […]

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Sep 24 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #193 – Director Jonny Mass

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Hey folks, my guest on the show today is none other than director Jonny Mass.  Most of you will have seen Jonny's work whether you realized it or not.  It was a pleasure to chat with someone who has as much passion for both the creative and business sides of the filmmaking process.  I think you […]

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Sep 17 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #192 – The Cooke Look

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Alright good people of the podcast world today we are breaking down a commercial that had us pressed for time and resources. This spot is for a home builder and we had lots to get through without a ton of support.  We used shallow depth of field and some interesting angles to help get us out […]

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Sep 10 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #191 – Town Hall Meeting

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This week on the podcast we are testing out a new format by delving in to the Patreon group chats over on Discord.   Last week I asked if there was someone inside the group that wanted to come and share their experiences at a slightly different level than we were use to on the show […]

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Sep 03 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #190 – Q+A Time

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We are taking a break from our regular schedule to do a Q+A episode for 2019.  We have in the past peppered these episodes in and over on Patreon I am doing so much of it that I wanted to bring a little of that here to the main podcast. We go over some really technical […]

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Aug 26 2019

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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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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #188 – Max Goldman (Revisited)

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On the show today we are going back in time to the very first episode of the podcast with the interview and the cinematographer that started this whole thing, Max Goldman. Max is one of the best cinematographers we've ever had on the show and he continues to create incredible images today.  Be sure to check […]

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Aug 12 2019

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #187 – Irv Blitz

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This week we have got a special treat lined up for you with Director Irv Blitz from MJZ.  Irv may be the busiest person we have ever had on the show. His talent is in high demand and we delve in to how he ended up in a unique corner of the film making world. Enjoy!Patreon Podcast […]

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Aug 05 2019

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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 #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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