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What it’s like to do camera op for David Fincher

And how can you build a career outside of Hollywood?

Brian Osmond has worked in Hollywood for over 30 years. His credit list is huge, starting out as a camera trainee The silence of the Lambs and then hop on to big Netflix projects like The Haunted Hill House, and finally Mindhunter, then recently Deficiency, as a camera and steadicam operator.

He was a cameraman Deficiency and was thanked in DP Erik Messerschmidt’s Oscar acceptance speech.

In one current interview With the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Osmond offered an insight into the work as a great cameraman.

One thing to keep in mind is that he works on Hollywood productions but usually stays in Pennsylvania and works on film and television projects that get through. He can distinguish himself in a relatively small market.

‚ÄúThere are some really good filmmakers out there [in Pittsburgh]”Said Osmond to the Post-Gazette.” The various technicians, artists – it’s a small market. You won’t find 100 cameramen here. But in all departments we have a number of really wonderful technicians, artists, actors and so on who are going to Contribute to the Oscars. ”

The advice here? Become an expert wherever you are and you may be the most sought after in your field.


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You also need to learn to work together as the cameraman is a key position on the set.

“You are a funnel,” said Osmond. “You have this whole world in front of you and this whole scene and it’s going to flow into that little lens.”

After all, is Fincher as much a genius as we all think he is?

Osmond confirmed that it was true as soon as he started working Mindhunter.

“This show is a crucial moment in my operational career because it introduced me to David Fincher, who I think is a genius at filmmaking,” he told the Post-Gazette. “It was a level of quality and filmmaking that I hadn’t quite experienced.”

What’s next? Learn more about working as a cameraman

Check out our interview with cameraman Meg Kettell. What if you want to pull the focus? Learn from Lauren Peele. Find out about additional resources about steadicams and gimbals.

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