Here's a Longer Bio for those interested:
I’ve been pursuing a career in Cinematography for over half my life now. At age 16, I fell in love with filmmaking and cameras, and like many others I followed my dreams to Hollywood. It has its ups and downs, but there have been some incredible high points for me over the years, and I’m expecting even better things to come.
I started as a Lighting Tech in high school, and this led me to USC’s School of Cinema-Television and eventually to become a member of the lighting union, Local 728. I pulled heavy cable and pushed big lights around, all the while learning from other talented Cinematographers.
I kept shooting small projects, developing my personal style and method of Cinematography. In my mid- to late-twenties (I’m not sure of the exact moment) I transitioned from electrician to DP. I’ve shot features, commercials, music videos, and corporates. I get to travel, work with my friends, and make films… it’s awesome!
I’ve shot both film and digital, and have invested a huge amount of time to become an expert in HD and Digital Imaging. I can talk your ear off about the differences among the various cameras out there, but it’s not really about the camera. To achieve great Cinematography, the most important elements are composition, art direction, camera movement, and lighting. I’m here to support the director’s vision for his film, and I’ve mastered the tools available so that I can properly execute my craft.
Every project that I shoot teaches me something new, and in fact, I try something unfamiliar as often as I can. I believe that bold Cinematography is achieved by putting yourself in a challenging or foreign situation, because then it is your creativity and strengths that shine through. Whether it’s a lack of time or equipment, or trying a new technique, my work is best when I show up to set feeling a little nervous.
Finally, I enjoy being part of the filmmaking community. I attend events, seminars, and screenings as much as I can, and I’ve made a lot of friends with my colleagues. I’ve sought out mentors to whom I’m extremely grateful for sharing their advice and experiences. Freelancing can be very challenging at times, but Cinematography is my passion, and I’m humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be in this business.
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If you would like to consider me for your upcoming project, please drop me a line: (323) 394-1132 or GFCine@gmail.com
Graham Futerfas is an established Cinematographer based in Los Angeles. With hundreds of credits and 20 years of experience, he shoots both film and digital and has worked as a DP on features, commercials, music videos, and television. His narrative credits include the feature film The Beat, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Mind of Its Own, Zerophilia, and also The List starring Wayne Brady. He has shot commercials for clients such as Toyota, Chevrolet, and Nike, and music videos for Simple Plan, Godsmack, Cody Simpson and Dredg, as well as dozens of other artists. Graham also has experience shooting corporate videos, interviews and multi-cam live events. Active in the filmmaking community, he is a member of the Cinematographer's Guild Local 600 and is always current on new technology and creative trends. An avid scuba diver with his own equipment, Graham can also shoot underwater. He can work as a local Director of Photography in Los Angeles, CA and also Dallas, TX where he grew up.
With a background as a lighting tech, a bachelor's degree from USC's film school, and two decades spent on set, Graham Futerfas is a battle-tested Cinematographer with a lot of creative tricks up his sleeve and the experience to get the job done.
Contact Graham at (323) 394-1132 or GFCine@gmail.com
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