WATCH: Why Is Pre-Production Essential For Cinematographers?

Pre-Production is not just the time for casting and storyboarding. It’s also the time for director and cinematographer to make sure they see the script with a singular vision, make sure the secured locations can accommodate said vision, and – time permitting – maybe even block out talent and camera movements. All this in an effort to save time once you’re actually on set with clocks ticking and bank accounts shrinking.

Sean McDaniel explains how the more moving wheels you have in play on set, the easier it is to waste time – which in the end can be the difference between the take you’ll settle with and the take you really wanted. So come prepared. It’s worth it.



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Sean McDaniel has been working as a cinematographer for over a decade on narrative, documentary and experimental films. He furthered his studies as a cinematographer while acquiring his MFA in Film Production at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and his work has screened in numerous film festivals around the world including the Cannes Short Film Corner, Palm Springs Film Festival, LA Shorts Film Festival, HollyShorts, and the Vancouver International Film Festival, among others. He was a USC selection for the 2014 A.S.C. Heritage Award, which looks great on paper, sure, but more importantly speaks to his passion for telling powerful stories through his work behind the camera in support of his collaboration with talented directors.

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Mads is a Scandinavian-born, Los Angeles-based actor and aspiring film maker. He's dabbled in stunt driving (no one got hurt) and once rescued a baby bunny from his garage.

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