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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #269 – Tami Reiker

Hello everybody!

On the show today we are chatting with cinematographer Tami Reiker about her beautiful work on the film One Night in Miami.

Tami breaks down her process on the film, the challenges the team had to overcome, and so much more.  If you haven’t seen the movie already be sure to check out the trailer below.

Enjoy!

Advanced Cinematography: On Set Training

It is finally here!!

I have been waiting for the technology to catch up and allow us to take this show on the road.  Seeing the visuals broken down after the fact has been great but building the shots from the ground up is a completely new experience and that is why I am so excited about this new course.

See a project from start to finish and come on set to watch and listen as the shots are built, schedules are constructed, and problems overcome.

I am very proud of the course and it is without a doubt the best, most concise way to learn about my approach to cinematography and to see exactly how I do my job on and off set.

If you are interested in seeing the Framework in action I highly suggest you check it out:

Advanced Cinematography – On Set Training

Patreon Breakdown – Collateral Beauty

I know we have looked at this film before but this week on the Patreon Breakdown we shake it up with Collateral Beauty shot by Maryse Alberti.

Lots of interesting takeaways from this film and now that we are doing the breakdowns in video format if allows us to look more closely and camera movement, angles, and blocking inside of a scene.

To watch the video click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest – Cinematographer Tami Reiker

Instagram: @tamireikerdp

Drum Video – Breaking Down Breakdowns

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Back to One, Episode 143: Alison Wright

She’s probably best known for her Emmy-Nominated performance as FBI secretary Martha Hanson on FX’s critically acclaimed series The Americans, and now Alison Wright has breathed life into another complex character in yet another hit series—Ruth Wardle on TNT’s Snowpiercer. In this hour, she gives us a peek under the hood of her craft and we get closer to understanding how she’s able to bring such naturalism and depth to all her performances. She talks about her early fascination with “The Method” that led her to the Lee Strasberg Institute, her “thought-linked” approach to the text which she developed over […]

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #268 – Changing Weather Conditions

A big show today with the launch of the Advanced Cinematography: On Set Training plus we breakdown a commercial where we shot the same scene two different days because of weather issues.

Weather is always tricky and if you work in the business long enough you will end up on the wrong side of a call and that is exactly what happened with this job.

The productions loss is your benefit as now we get a very nice A/B comparison of the differences in equipment and infrastructure used on a sunny day exterior vs. an overcast day exterior.

Enjoy the behind the scenes look!

Advanced Cinematography: On Set Training is LIVE!!!

Today is a huge day for the podcast as the second course is now live.

Advanced Cinematography: On Set Training

This course has been a long time in the making and after a few iterations we finally managed to marry the tech with the framework and I couldn’t be prouder of the end result.

This course takes a unique angle on cinematography education by following the path of a real commercial job.  We start by looking at the treatment and the agency storyboards, then we go on a virtual location scout, next we break out into a tech scout and finally we go on set and you get to be right there with me looking through the eye piece as each shot is built from the ground up.

Once you learn like this and you see the possibilities I think it will seem archaic doing it any other way.

I appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm checking out the course and I am pumped to finally see it out in the wild today.

Patreon Podcast: Bladerunner 2049

In honor of the start of the Framework and the early inspirations for what we all know and love I decided to have another look at Bladerunner 2049 shot by the inimitable Roger Deakins ASC BSC.

This movie is shot so well it hurts.  We could look at every scene and pull some high level idea or concept but in this week’s breakdown we focus on what I think is the best sign of a great DP and that is how do you make simple look interesting. 

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.

Changing Weather Conditions – The Ad

This was a single camera shoot with an easy to follow concept of a series of interactions at a beach with a little bit of VO mixed in for good measure.

Camera Gear:

We shot on the Arri Mini LF in Prores 4444XQ Open Gate and framed for 2.39.

We used the Arri Signature Primes and spent most of the ad parked wide open.  They are amazing lenses and don’t let the size fool you, they are very user friendly.

The Location – Schedule is Everything

If you are a veteran listener of the podcast you will know that schedule is everything when it comes to day exterior work and this spot was no exception.  The location and the schedule dictated 90% of the look we were able to achieve.

The Spot – Shot by Shot

Shot 1 – The Overcast Wide

The Shot

Our hero talent interacting with a company rep in a beach parking lot.

The Lighting

The afternoon was overcast and we made a call after wrapping this scene to can the rest of the day and come back another time as the rain starting really pouring.

We had 2 12x12s of Neg either side of the camera in a V shaped pattern to kill as much of the return ambient light as possible. 

The Result

Shot #2 – The Overcast Medium

The Shot

We punched up a lens and got a medium shot of the spokesperson pulling the surfboard out the back of the truck.

The Lighting

Same as before but now that we were closer in we could get a little more light reduction out of the Neg so that helped to create some more shape.

The Result

Set Up #3 – The Sunny Wide

The Shot

Same as Shot #1.

The Lighting

The back light helped pull the subjects out of the background and instead of 2 12x12s of Neg like on the overcast day we used one Neg and one 12×12 Ultrabounce.

The Ultra was placed frame left to help wrap the back light around a little bit more on our hero talent.

The Result

Set Up #4 – The Sunny Medium

The Shot

Same as Shot #2

The Lighting

We used the same technique as above but because we were in closer we could now throw in a 12×12 overhead diffusion.  We went with Hi-Lite to retain some of the hardness but just take the edge off the sun.  

Then on the ground we used the bounce from frame left and the neg from frame right

The Result

Set Up #5 – The Water Exit

The Shot

Our hero talent exits the water and gives a wave to the onlookers.

The Lighting

This shot was all about angle to the sun and walking with a little bounce board to get some level back on to our hero’s face.

The Result

Full Frame

Shot #6 – The Couple

The Shot

The couple acknowledges the hero talent and give a little wave back.

The Lighting

Here we cut the sun with a smaller Hi-lite because the wind was picking up in the later parts of the afternoon.

We went with the same techniqe as the parking lot suny shots by skipping in a little Ultra Bounce light from frame left as well.

Frame right we used a pop up tent with solid black walls to act as Neg because it didn’t require a set of hands in the windy conditions.

The Result

Shot #7- The Dude

The Shots

Our hero talent takes in the view.

The Lighting

Same as above.

The Result

Shot #8 – End Frame

The Shot

We needed a big wide shot with some offset in the frame to bring up the logo as an end frame.

The Lighting

There was a small bounce frame right to try and lift the backs of the couple ever so lightly and that was it.  Sun was just out of frame right and the rest was au natural.

The Result

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Back to One, Episode 142: Olivia Cooke

Olivia Cooke had no formal training and claims to have no real process. Is she just a natural? A freak of nature? How else to explain the incredible range and astounding talent of this rising star? I first took note of her work in the black comedy Thoroughbreds, and then Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and the British mini-series Vanity Fair. She is on fire now with three new films, Little Fish, Pixie, and last year’s Sound of Metal. I ask her to break down one amazing scene in the latter, and she talks about the advantages of its immersive […]

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #267 – Tobias A. Schliessler ASC

I have been a big fan of Tobias Schliessler ASC for a number of years so it was great to finally get him on the show to discuss his work.

Tobias has shot a number of different high level features and commercials alike and his openness and experience in the world of cinematographer gave us a really good chance to sit down and hear how he approaches a project and the job in general.

Enjoy!

Advanced Cinematography: On Set Training

Be sure to check back next week on the show notes page as the latest course “Advanced Cinematography: On Set Training” goes live on Feb. 23rd.

It is the next step in the cinematography education and I am excited to get it out in the world. 

Patreon Content – News of the World

Over on Patreon this week we look at News of the World shot by none other than Dariusz Wolski ASC.

There are a ton of beautiful moments throughout the film but we focus our attention on one of the most daunting tasks for any DP regardless of skill level or budget.

The day exterior scene that appears on screen for a matter of minutes but needs to be filmed over hours or days is the ultimate testing ground for DPs.  In this film Dariusz does a great job of overcoming the issues that often plague these scenes and we try and take away some pointers as to the choices he made and why he might have made them.

To check out the Patreon content and watch the video click the link below:

The Wandering DP Podcast Patreon Group

Featured Guest – Tobias A. Schliessler ASC

Personal Website:  Tobias A. Schliessler

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The Queen’s Gambit Production Design

On the latest Go Creative Show podcast, The Queen’s Gambit production designer Uli Hanisch chats to host Ben Consoli about how he designed the show by recreating the 1960’s with meticulously-constructed and stunningly-beautiful sets, wardrobe, props, and more.  Uli and Ben discuss the fundamentals for prepping as a production designer, and how Uli made chess visually … Continued

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #266 – Oren Soffer

Oren Soffer is back on the show to chat about his latest feature A Nightmare Wakes.

Oren was a previous guest way back in episode #89 and in today’s show we discuss the unusual workflow for this film and why it ended up freeing him to be more exploratory during the process.  Lots of great stuff in this one and be sure to check out the movie on Shutter now.

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 – The Dig

It is not everyday you see a movie like The Dig and on this week’s Patreon Breakdown we take a look at what makes it so unique.

A little bit of framework and a lot of other styles make up this film and taking a look at the specifics reveals some very interesting results.  

Be sure to head over to the Patreon page and follow along as we breakdown the pros and the cons of taking an orthodox approach to cinematography.

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

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest – Cinematographer Oren Soffer

Personal Website:  Oren Soffer

Instagram: @orensofferdp


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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #265 – Blake Myers

This week on the show we chat with cinematographer Blake Myers about his experience moving to Los Angeles, working his way up the project ladder, and navigating the minefield of production.

Great to get Blake on the show and be sure to check out some of the 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 – The Midnight Sky

The Midnight Sky is the subject of our Patreon content this week.  

On the surface it appears fairly simple but cinematographer Martin Ruhe ASC uses some very interesting tricks to help pull the viewer in.  

Lots of fun things to breakdown in this episode so be sure to click the link below and check it out.

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest – Cinematographer Blake Myers

Personal Website:  Blake Myers

Instagram: @blakegmyers

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #264 – Ryan Booth (Revisited)

Hey gang this week on the podcast we are going back in time and revisiting this interview with director Ryan Booth that was originally recorded for Episode #99 of the podcast.

Always fun digging in to the archives and as the show has been flooded with new listeners from the Youtube channel I thought this was an opportune time to give this episode another go.

Be sure to check out Ryan’s work below and give him a follow.

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 – OKJA

This week on the Patreon Video Breakdown we look at the wildest scene we’ve ever broken down.  Not crazy from a one shot point of view like 1917 or a massive steadicam shot going through 15 different rooms.  

It appears simple at first glance.  The deeper you dig the crazier it gets.

We are looking at the beautiful OKJA shot by Darius Khondji.  It is good, he is good, you might be a bit better after watching.

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

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest – Ryan Booth

Personal Website:  Ryan Booth

Instagram: @ryanbooth

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