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From Landing the Job to Boosting Morale: Sundance DP Roundtable Dives into Filters & More


January 29, 2024

“If you can pick your team you truly trust in, you can easily allow everyone to do their job.”

At No Film School, we enjoy geeking out on the hard skills and soft skills required to be successful in this industry. For example, we enjoy the technical talk of cinematography. We also like diving into things like leadership skills, collaboration decisions, and how to hire or fire. These are some of the things we discuss with a roundtable of cinematographers whose films premiered at Sundance and Slamdance this year.

In today’s episode No Film School’s GG Hawkins speaks with cinematographers Bruce Francis Cole (Suncoast), Alejandro Mejia, and Sean Mattison to discuss:

How all three DP’s got connected to their respective projects
Thinking of the setting as a “character” in the story
Working with light and figuring out tone
The benefits of using multiple cameras
Allowing your team the freedom to express themselves
The importance of picking your team
Cutting off stressful energy before it spreads to the rest of the crew
How they decide what projects to work on
Choosing personality over technical ability

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