Slawomir Idziak was the director of photography (DoP) of Black Hawk Down, Gattaca, King Arthur and the new Harry Potter directed by my old mentor David Yates. He also had a working relationship with Krzysztof Kieslowski for 20 years, peaking at their work on Three Colours: Blue. Here are 7 challenges from him...
One: Script layout is stupid. He has been working for 40 years. Half of the life of talkies. And its never changed. Its stupid. Change it. When I said this I was shot down on the blog - but he's famous so its okay!
Two: You don't need a monitor. If you do need a monitor - get a bigger one. Little 9 inch Sony thing - what's the point?
Three: DoP must work with the writer and the director to create the shooting script. That way you get a visual story, not a dialogue story.
Four: In Poland the DoP is the first person a director calls when he starts the project. Why isn't that true in Hollywood / the UK?
Five: Stop shooting so much. Multi-cameras, all the angles - just in case. What? Don't you know what you're doing?
Six: Technical changes are unimportant to any discussion on cinematography.
Seven: Art Director, DoP and Production Designer. Get these people working together and they can take 50% of the effort off the director's shoulders.
I hope I've managed to capture the directness, bluntness and passion behind his talk.
Image taken from here.
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