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Carrying his style through an array of productions: Steve Lindsay
DP Steve Lindsay's professional style is displayed throughout his eclectic work.

Cinematographer Steve Lindsay's career goes back more than a quarter of a century. Spanning films to documentaries and advertisements, he's applied his talent to an eclectic array of subjects.

The timing of his career is congruent with a lot of change in the industry and he has weathered it swimmingly with award-winning productions like You Gotta Eat Here! (winner of three Canadian Screen Awards), Anglican Video Productions Topahedwin: The Gladys Cook Story (2016 Remi Bronze Award-Houston Film Festival), Canadian Video Festival Awards-David J. Woods Award Winner Gathering at the River, and others.

From religion to coca cola products to the refusal of women and transgender people to be physically attacked, Lindsay is known for creating a dynamic and touching tone through imagery. As with many of his peers, he values malleability while still retaining personality in his work. It seems only natural to request that this noted DP share the benefit of his work with others, so we asked and he consented. It's easier than ever before to create a scripted or non-scripted production, which makes experience and talent more important than ever.

Lindsay's style is often describe as clean, devoid of clutter and non-essential details. Spontaneous, minimalistic, adaptable, versatile; all these adjectives would be appropriate whether you are viewing the documentary Outside the Ring (finalist at the New York City Shadow Box Film Festival) or Coca Cola's Gold Peak Iced Tea video (receiving ten million+ views on digital platforms). The characteristics of these can be boiled down to the elements of Composition, lighting, and attitude. What Lindsay strives for and attains so well is personality. He divulges, "Cinematography is something that you learn from others and through experience. Your personality, attitude and work ethic are just as important as anything else, regardless of your age. All DPs have a desire to create compelling images. A good DP knows how to get those compelling images regardless of budget, crew size, type of camera, or whatever the challenge is. Style is like your personality. There is a certain temperament or disposition that makes it unique to you."

Not overthinking is an ethos that has worked well for Steve throughout his career. Keeping things simple was an enormous asset while serving as DP on the Canada Food Network series You Gotta Eat Here! The production travelled across two continents for the majority of a year shooting three restaurants per episode. A team like this one moves quickly and efficiently. It also does so extremely well as proven by the show's Canadian Screen Award for Best Lifestyle or Talk Program or Series, Best Direction, and Best Lifestyle Program or Series. Ten to twelve hours per day and around two hundred days of work per year allows for a lot of creativity and practice. 

When pressed about the most valuable tool he has beyond his eyes, Lindsay doesn't become verbose about gear or name drop but rather remarks, "Being a DP is not just about cameras and lighting. Cameras and lighting is about 50% of a DP's job. All aspects of a production are to be taken into consideration. From wardrobe choices to shooting locations. Budgeting time and money. Organizing crew and gear. Breaking down a script or creating a shot list, and much more. You've got to be aware of and sensitive to the people around you because you're a team. If others respect you and you respect them, you'll keep working and that will give you experience. A DP's experience is priceless. I have seen many technological changes in the thirty years I have been in the business but none of those can replace talent and experience."

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