Hollywood Dilemma For Newbies – Brad Rushing

Film Courage: We had a comment on our Youtube channel which said “Everybody should be paid for their labor. This is especially true in the film industry. Paying your dues is a manipulation tactic used to exploit newcomers. Working for free is a good way to commit career suicide. It will get you labeled as an amateur and shunned by unions.” What’s your reaction?

Brad Rushing, Cinematographer: I know people who have that opinion. The dilemma in the film business (as competitive as it is), is where is the incentive for an employer in a market that is overcrowded with experienced people to pay an inexperienced person? That’s the dilemma and I’m aligned with the ideology of that statement. I think it’s a fair concept but practically this is a business, that because of the competition…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).



Brad Rushing began working with Roger Corman’s Concorde/New Horizons film studio which afforded him some of his first feature film opportunities as Director of Photography where he learned valuable skills. After a number of years concentrating on indie feature films Brad began to shoot high end music videos photographing award-winning, iconic clips for artists like Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie, Nelly and Eminem. Brad’s ground-breaking work on Moby’s “We Are All Made Of Stars” won an MTV Video Music Award “Moonman” for Best Cinematography in a Video, and many of the other music videos he shot have won awards such as VMAs, MVPAs and Grammys for Best Video. Brad also won a Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography in a Video for the Alsou video “Always On My Mind.” Brad’s most recent work is the feature film “A California Christmas” which filmed in Petaluma, CA in July 2020, one of the first film productions to start under stringent COVID-19 safety protocols. The film debuted on a major streaming platform for the 2020 holiday season and was number one on Netflix for a week. 












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