The DP, or Cinematographer, is the camera and lighting supervisor on the production.
DP is in charge of the visual look and design of the entire movie. This means figuring out, with the Director during Preproduction, how to visually bring the script to life and how that should be photographed.
Besides overseeing the work of the camera crew, the DP is also assisted by the grips and electricians in preparing the technical aspects of recording an image on film or CCD.
Specific duties will include:
- Operation of cameras
- Coordination of lighting, angle, motion control, media, settings, etc.
DoP works with the Director, camera crew and lighting department to create the visual identity, or look, of a film.