[PAST EVENT] Trials and Tribulations of a Working Cinematographer, with Lauretta Prevost ?05

January 31, 2019
2pm - 3:30pm
Swem Library, Reeder Media Center
400 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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What do I wish I knew thirteen years ago? Five years ago? Last month? What will I wish I knew in ten years? In a field that frustratingly lacks a direct career path, questions generally lead to more questions. If you are interested in pursuing a career in cinematography, we?ll talk out some of the routes folks take (joining the union as a loader; filming all your buddies? short films to build a reel; having your wealthy parents buy you a nice camera package) and their plusses and minuses. We?ll chat about some common pitfalls, and why you may knowingly walk into them. Sometimes you need to know your worth and hold out for a fair rate, and sometimes you?ll take freebie jobs that have non-economic benefits. Why, how, and when? What to think about when making those choices? Etc etc etc. What on earth are you going to do after university? Like every other filmmaker, I can talk only from my own experience. Let?s be frank! Questions strongly encouraged.


For the past thirteen years, Lauretta has worked as a documentary and narrative cinematographer, of feature length and short content. Her documentary interests are strongly rooted in social justice, as well as environmental, arts, and community work. An Inciting Incident for her was filming at Standing Rock, North Dakota for four months, contributing footage to Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera, The Real News Network, camp media, and two feature documentaries screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Lauretta?s first narrative feature was shot in 2008, and notable shorts are the heavily awarded 116, and Lady Hunters, which recently received a Best Cinematography award. Lauretta is based in New York City and writes for outlets such as American Cinematographer, No Film School, ICG, Filmmaker Magazine, and Al Jazeera. You can learn more about Lauretta and her work at her website.

For more information on the festival, visit https://wmglobalfilmfestival.com/