Practical Insights Into the Craft & Profession of Cinematography

Practical Insights Into the Craft & Profession of Cinematography

Cinematography is nothing if not an immensely multifaceted craft. And when you add in the challenges of doing it professionally, trying to keep everything in check can feel overwhelming.

Luckily, there are a few surefire ways that one can learn to navigate these waters. In addition to the obvious one (going out into the real world and actually learning these things by doing them), we can also take lessons from those that have already been there. This post is about the latter strategy.

Our friend Brent Barbano, founder of the awesome peer-to-peer equipment rental network ShareGrid, recently sat down with Jas Shelton. Jas is an esteemed cinematographer working on some of the coolest shows and features coming out of LA these days. 

His resume is impressive, and it includes plenty of work with the Duplass brothers and Kyle Patrick Alvarez. Most notably, in the past few years, he's lensed Jeff Who Lives at Home, the first season of Togetherness, C.O.G., and The Stanford Prison Experiment. I'm not sure about you guys, but these movies and shows have been some of my favorites over the past few years.

On top of the awesome resume, Jas is also incredibly open and honest about not only the technical and artistic aspects of being a DP, but the intricacies of what it takes to make it in an industry that is notoriously difficult to thrive in. In the following interview series, he shares his journey into the world of film, some best practices for networking and moving up the ladder, thoughts on the evolving technology of cinematography, and much more.

So without any further ado, here's the epic interview series with Jas Shelton: 

If you're interested in more interviews that dive into the lives of seasoned professionals in the film industry, ShareGrid has quite a few of them on its YouTube channel.

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