Emmy Award Winning David Miller trusts his eye. And well he should, his arresting visuals bring life to some of television’s most intriguing episodics and comedies. His shots are straightforward—making way for the intense dialog-driven scripts that come his way. Whether it’s HBO’s quick-paced VEEP, thoughtful moments of The Good Place, or the unforgettable, plot-driving shots on The Newsroom, Parenthood, and so many more memorable hits—his sure-footed imagery deftly maps its way through the sight lines on set, regardless how many actors fill the scene.
When David joined VEEP, it was kind of chaotic- there was no staging and actor’s eye-lines were never matching. David worked with the crew to make sure there was continuity onset, framing each shot so that the show made photographic sense. “I rearranged 3-4 cameras so that an entire scene could be shot at once. Very rarely do I need to rearrange or change the lighting. I can capture 90% of the scene, and then use a reframe, resize, or reset for variety” David commented.
This change in capturing the show allowed the comedic talent to improve, and work through scenes- without worrying about if the scene is being shot correctly. With the three/four-camera setup, each actors performance and reaction was captured perfectly.
David Miller won the Emmy Award for VEEP Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series.
VER Provides the Following Camera Gear for VEEP:
Arri Amira Premium Camera
Angenieux Optimo Zoom Lens 28-76mm T2.6 (PL)
Angenieux Optimo Zoom Lens 45-120mm T2.8 (PL)
Cooke Prime Lens S4/i 150mm T2.0 (PL)