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Old 12-30-2017, 01:05 AM   #6
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I guess a better question then would be is it unusual to see the cinematographer handling blocking?
Yeah, kinda. They should get involved, but not be in charge of blocking. The DOP, The First AD and the actors (occasionally sound too, gaffer and others depending on the shot required) often get involved as there are lots of moving parts to coordinate, but it tends to be primarily the responsibility of the director.

As you already mentioned there are lots of variations. The less experienced the director (or less skilled with particular functions), the more s/he will rely upon others to pick up some/all of their duties... or the films suffer when those duties aren't handled.

Note: These are just my opinions. YMMV
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