Shooting for documentaries is similar to shooting for news stories, but the time frame is, of course, different. News stories are shot quickly to get them in front of the public as soon as possible.
While documentary footage is sometimes shot on the fly, the overall process allows for more planning, and bigger teams. It can be really powerful to see clips that I've shot blended into a larger narrative.
RECENT DOCUMENTARY WORK
I shot some really interesting interviews for this, and I'm really proud to have been part of such an excellent film.
For each interview, I did all the lighting, and manned two cameras for simultaneous wide and tight shots.
Young Prodigies Dazzle the Art World
This is a short documentary I co-DP'd with another shooter about two art prodigies. It has a high key look. I lit the interviews which were recorded with both cameras, and shot half of the B-roll.
I was the D.P. of this pilot for a travel show for teens we shot in Guatemala. I shot about 90% of the trailer / sizzle reel (the director also shot). We traveled very light with minimal gear.
These are previews of episodes I shot for "Disappeared," which airs on the Investigation Discovery channel.
I have been the DP for five episodes so far. I shot pretty much all the interviews, recreations, and other color B-roll you'll see in these trailers.
I did not shoot the bulletin board, the stills, or the black and white surveillance videos. In the third one I did not shoot the interview with the boyfriend's mother.
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