Budgets are tight on any film project, but here’s the case for why you shouldn’t skip photography on set
The images from a film set are often the first publicity materials available to celebrate, promote, and sell your film. And you want those first looks to be high quality imagery that show the production values and the storytelling of your project, your cast and your crew.
Screen grabs are not equal
Some people think they can shortcut unit stills and pull screen grabs at the time of edit. Screen grabs are not equal to, or anywhere near as good as, stills taken by a professional photographer using a professional digital camera. It’s difficult to extract a crisp, clear single frame from the moving image film at a resolution high enough for promotional needs. Plus screengrabs can take so much time in the edit suite to extract. Crucial time that you want to be paying for editing the film and trailer!