Watch: Short Doc 'Cinematographer' About Female Cinematographers

April 19, 2019
Source: Vimeo

Cinematographer Short Doc

"You make the image." A must watch documentary about the filmmaking community and how wonderful it can be. Cinematographer is a short documentary made by Demi Waldron, a working DP who made this extraordinary film to highlight a few great women already working as cinematographers. In this short, six women share the challenges and the complexities of life as a modern cinematographer: Reed Morano (The Skeleton Twins, Meadowland, I Think We're Alone Now), Autumn Eakin (What's Revenge, The Light of the Moon), Kate Arizmendi (Cam), Maria Rusche (Milkwater), Allison Anderson (Your Name Isn't English), and Emoni Aikens (Hell Fire and Glory). Each one shares honest insights that will definitely inspire and encourage others. The reminds me to recommend another documentary, Cameraperson, if you haven't seen it yet. This short doc is terrific and I just want to show it to everyone I know in the industry. It's a touching, honest, and highly motivational film about some of the most important members of a film crew.

Thanks to Vimeo Staff Picks for the tip. Original description from Vimeo: "Six women share the challenges and complexities of life as a modern cinematographer. Featuring interviews with [cinematographers] Reed Morano, Autumn Eakin, Kate Arizmendi, Allison Anderson, Maria Rusche, and Emoni Aikens." This short doc is directed by Demi Waldron - who also works as a cinematographer. See some of her demo reels and examples of her work on her official website here. Featuring cinematography by Claudia Burgi, who also executive produced the short. Waldron explains her inspiration: "The women we chose to interview - I look up to them, not only for their skill as cinematographers, but for their strength and confidence. I wanted to hear their thoughts for real, not just on the internet. I wanted to make a project that humanized my role models, and gave them a platform to share their opinions, whatever those may be." More details here. Visit cinematographersxx.com or icfcfilm.com to find a DP for your next film. For more shorts, click here.

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What a fantastic short. I loved it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention

alex on Apr 19, 2019


Never heard of any of them and never seen anything they shot and doubt I ever will. Not being mean, just realistic and perhaps a little cynical. It also looks like they all shoot digital so my interest in them is nil. I wish them all the best of luck and hope their dreams come true, but it's a rough gig full of competition so their chances are slim. Yet, here they are in a short doc so all is not lost.

thespiritbo on Apr 19, 2019


They are up and coming. Also, one talked about starting shooting film and being intimidated by the Red One. Hate to say it but film is dead anyway.

Movies Are Fun on Apr 21, 2019


Almost dead...not completely dead because both Nolan and Tarantino shoot on film. Spike Lee's film is shot on film. So...not dead yet...but sadly, it's heading that way. Hopefully there will always be filmmakers who will shoot on film. The big monstrous Hollywood movies I could care less about. Oh yea, Cruise shoots his MI movies on film too. Cheers!

thespiritbo on Apr 21, 2019


Highly encourage you to do some research on these DPs, they are all making great work - and all shoot film. Trust me they are doing much bigger things than being in this doc!

Demi Waldron on Apr 28, 2019


Interesting niche doco.

DAVIDPD on Apr 19, 2019

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