Director of Photography AND several cinematographers - credit clarification?

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Hi.

( There was a recent thread about crediting cinematographers, but I came across with a related issue. )

In this live concert video (only one concert is recorded, so it's not a compilation), there are multiple cameras capturing the band/audience, so it's a multi-camera production (not fiction, not documentary, not studio). There's ONE person credited as "director of photography", and then TEN additional people credited as "cinematographers". Currently all these 11 people are added under "Cinematography by" department on IMDb (no attributes).

The problem is that there are 10 people in the video that are more-or-less "cameramen/camera operators" in this production and (as already said) there's only one person very clearly credited as "director of photography". Based on the production, I assume that non-English language person added these credits (which could explain the issue somewhat).

Since I have to add and correct various credits in this production anyway, I might aswell ask what's the best way to credit all these (mentioned above) people?

A) Leave all 11 names to main "Cinematography by" department (as they are now), but with the attribute "(director of photography)" added to the correct person?

B) Leave only one name ("(director of photography)") to the main "Cinematography by" department, and move other 10 names to Camera Department with the attribute "(cinematographer)"? This approach is not that uncommon, since there are already 5,127 cinematographer credits included in the Camera Department.

C) Some other option?

Personally (also after reading the other recent thread), I would choose option "b" and move 10 credits for clarity, but IMDb staff should make the final decision.

Thanks again.




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Hello Eboy,
It’s usual to have just one person in the Cinematographer section, usually listed as the Cinematographer or Director of Photography. Everyone else working the cameras goes into the Camera and Electrical Department where they can be listed as things like Camera Operator, 2nd Unit Camera, Focus Puller or doing various other jobs.

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That is not always the case, though. It really depends on the production how many DoP’s/Cinematographers are credited, so there can’t be a strict ”only one is accepted” rule. Same thing with directors, editors etc. Usually one, sure, but not always.

However, in this particular production there simply can’t be 11 cinematographers. It’s pretty clear that there’s one credited DoP and 10 camera operators (just now on-screen credited as ”cinematographers”).

But waiting the official reply before moving/deleting anything.
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There is only one man whose photography is awesome and he worked with HAMMER Productions and that is Jack Asher.
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I would say that they should all be listed in the cinematography department given the accreditation. Is this how they were credited on screen?
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Will, one person is credited (in English) as ”director of photography” and other 10 persons are credited (in English) as ”cinematographers”.


All 11 names are now added to the (main) cinematography department on IMDb and without any attributes.

Edit: There are already 5,127 cinematographer credits included in the Camera Department. I wonder what these are then?
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I can understand why both A and B would be valid in this case, but for the sake of consistency I would leave them in cinematographers if that is how they were credited on screen.

I hope this helps.