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Officially Iatse 600!

I’m pleased to announce that, after 14 years of shooting in Los Angeles, I am now a member of the Iatse local 600.  I’m eager to explore the union world, and the timing certainly feels right, as so many of my  crew have recently joined. I’m excited to move forward as a rostered, union DP
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Cinematography Reel 2017

New for 2017 I’ve finally updated my reel!  It had only been three years since the last real (and reel) update…yikes.    Looking forward to seeing what 2017 brings!  Enjoy!

Who Needs Sleep? Long Hours in Film Production

I originally shared this post almost two years ago, but recently this article showed up on Deadline.com and it’s worth sharing again.  *Update: After the writing of this post, Haskell Wexler died on Dec 27th 2015, at the age of 93. 12 On, 12 Off The 12 on 12 off campaign is not new.  Haskell Wexler and his
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Is TV too Dark?

Turn the Lights On? I came across this article from Vulture.com, titled “TV Dramas Are (Literally) Too Dark”. What struck me about this opinion piece is that it was responding as a viewer to a creative “issue” that I think is real and prevalent in the cinematography of films and television right now. The author
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How to Shoot a Sex Scene (And Not Be a Creeper)

Keep it Sexy, But Don’t Try to Sex Them. Sex scenes can be very important in cinema.   I’m not talking about porn, (no real sex here) I’m talking about regular movies,  TV, commercials,  music videos. .. really any visual medium that broaches the subject of sex/romance/intimacy between its subjects.  The language of Sexy Cinema…
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Female Cinematographers Make It Look Good.

With the recent rash of “Movie Set Memes” flooding my facebook page, I suddenly felt inspired to make a cinematography meme.  You’re welcome. 🙂

Day 1 at Nu Boyana!

Making The Movie Friday was Day 1 of the “Making the Movie” feature film program at Nu Boyana Film School.  I’ve joined this new film education program to take 40 students on a 6 week adventure…  shooting a feature film at the Nu Boyana Film Studio. Beautiful, talented&unique! Making the movie class! Let the show
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Tickets Booked! Bulgaria Bound…

It’s official, tickets booked…  April 15th I leave for a 6 week adventure with Ambika Leigh at Nu Boyana Studios.  Wish us luck!

5 Tips for Lighting Faces

Let’s Face It When we think of iconic cinematography, we most likely think of textured, “graphic” imagery…  shapes, quality of light, a striking composition… actual people may or may not even be present in the shots! Thus, it’s sometimes easy to focus on the “big picture” lighting and overlook the importance of the tiny details.
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3 Steps to Actually Using Your Light Meter

Why are Handheld Meters Still Important? Sure, the dirty secret is that a lot of us go days, or even entire shows without consulting our handheld meter.  Most work is now digital, and most professional cameras have fantastic internal meters, so it is possible to skate by without a handheld meter. BUT, the one place
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