#9 - Greg Harrington (Director of Photography)


This week we chat with acclaimed director of photography Greg Harrington. Greg has been working in the camera department for almost thirty years and has shot a wide variety of projects. His work ranges from TV shows & narrative films, to music documentaries & concert films for artists like Beyonce, Rage Against The Machine, Katy Perry, Pink, Metallica, Queen, & the king of pop himself Michael Jackson. Greg talks us through his long & illustrious career, starting out as a news camera assistant, all the way through to his move to the L.A. & working on the cult hit comedy series Arrested Development.

A quick note: Chris' recommendation of the week, High Maintenance, has just been picked up by HBO for a new season.

Points of Discussion:

  • The role of the DP.

  • Relationship between the DP & Director.

  • Relationship between the DP & Cast.

  • The freelance lifestyle.

  • Hierarchy of the Camera Department.

  • Being pigeonholed.

  • Camera Assisting for the news.

  • Shooting live concerts.

  • Shooting Arrested Development.

Chris Pahlow

Chris Pahlow is an independent writer/director currently in post-production on his debut feature film PLAY IT SAFE. Chris has been fascinated with storytelling since he first earned his pen license and he’s spent the last ten years bringing stories to life through music videos, documentaries, and short films.