The Gaffer’s Quandary

There are generally two apprentice paths to becoming a Director of Photography. The most popular route is in the camera department, where one advances through the various camera assistant and operator positions before becoming a DP. The other, slightly less common route is in the electric (i.e., lighting) department, where one begins as a lighting […]

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Failing Forward

Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. – Thomas J. Watson, Jr. A recent shoot that went poorly has me thinking about how important it is to embrace failure in one’s pursuits. Two anecdotes come to mind, the first one personal: For […]

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