On the show this week we sit down with cinematographer Vanessa Joy Smith as she shares her experience lensing Mayans Season 5.

Vanessa has a unique perspective on the work having been so involved with the creative over the development of the series and she shares how she stays motivated, how she manages expectations and crew and also how to continually push the story over multiple seasons.

I really enjoyed chatting with Vanessa and be sure to check out her website below and give her a follow over on Instagram to stay up to date with her work.


A Cinematography System: The Playbook Approach - Volume II

The latest course is live and I couldn't be more excited to get this content out in to the world and start getting feedback on the system.

The course continues the exploration of my own system for blocking and coverage that I call the BODVO system.  I use it on every single scene I shoot but I haven't shared it in great detail here on the podcast because it can get so complex.  

This particular course is Volume II and it centers on the most common scenario which is the Office Scenario.  The name office has nothing to do with the physical location of the scene but rather the orientation of the characters relative to one another.  

Once you see the system, you can't unsee it.  

Nothing has improved my cinematography more than leaning in to this methodology and so far the feedback has been nothing short of amazing.

If you want to learn more about the course and the BODVO system you can check it out here:

A Cinematography System: The Playbook Approach - Volume II

Featured Guest - Cinematographer Vanessa Joy Smith

Website: Vanessa Joy Smith

Instagram: @nesta

About The Author

Cinematographer and host of The Wandering DP Podcast. You can see select examples of work at my personal site or follow me on instagram.

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