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Q&A With Guy Mossman, Cinematographer - Part 2
Welcome to part 2 of our Q&A with highly-respected Director of Photography, Guy Mossman of Vox Pop Films.

What do you view as emerging trends in the industry today?

Technology is evolving very quickly in the industry and seems to be driving creative decisions.  It’s easy to get carried away with the next great thing. For me, listening and being present to capture story and character is paramount to good storytelling and trumps everything else. The public, however, is increasingly hungry for great visuals to complement the creative storytelling.  The non-fiction DP has to be adept at both.
An obvious trend in the industry today is a shift toward the use of bigger sensors in smaller cameras. Audiences and producers want that shallow depth of field, ‘cine’ look. I do a lot of handheld cinematography for reality shows and commercials, so I need a camera that I can hold and run with for 8-10 hours in intimate, tight situations and use without focus pullers, monitors, or even an AC on smaller productions. Cine-style lens manufacturers are catching on and incorporating ENG form factors into newer designs. All this means smaller crews and lighter production – but not necessarily lighter production values. For the verité cinematographer, it’s an exciting time to be shooting.

Do you have a favorite "go-to" camera and/or lens?

Lately, I have been shooting with the Canon C300 with a variety of PL and EF mount lenses. I look forward to trying Fujinon’s Cabrio lens on the C300 and Sony F3.
What did you do before you started making documentaries in 2000?
I taught art to high-risk youth at a high school in Colorado. That led me to the Peace Corps, which led me to journalism school, which led me to documentary filmmaking.
What are the most significant changes in filming from when you started?
For me, as a newcomer to the film scene, the two biggest changes have been the swift evolution from SD to HD to 4K, and most significantly, the shift to tapeless workflows. Non-fiction producers and networks are still slowly getting used to the tapeless workflow. I have found a way to make it work pretty reliably in most conditions. Other than this, it’s pretty much the same: people are people.
What are you working on now?
In 2008, I started Vox Pop Films with my wife, Lisa, to produce and direct commercials. When we are not doing commercials, Lisa and I are working on our first feature documentary together called "Patient 13." It follows a small team of quirky, eccentric inventors and scientists on the verge of engineering a cure for Type 1 diabetes. The lead inventor has Type 1 diabetes himself and insists on being the 13th participant in his own trial. We should be in production through 2014. Lisa has Type 1 diabetes as well, so it’s a topic very near and dear to us.
I also freelance for other directors, and lately have been focused on establishing myself as a DP in the commercial world.

What is something you think people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m a pretty laid back guy, so most people are surprised to learn I was a lead- singer for a punk rock band in Charlotte, NC during my high school days. We were called Slam Chowder.  We drank a lot of Yoo-Hoo.  Our hit was called “Daddy was a Vegetable.”

See more of Guy Mossman's behind-the-scenes photos on the set of "Buck" here.

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