How A Director Can Ruin A Movie Set – Brad Rushing

Film Courage: How do you know that the director is the real deal?

Brad Rushing, Cinematographer: I’m not especially big on judging people in an absolute way so what I would characterize is directors I am most fulfilled working with and that would be interactive ones. I want somebody who both brings ideas and has very strong feelings but is also collaborative and is willing to if a better idea is presented, whether it’s the producer or the actor or the craft services person, is open to considering that because it’s about the movie we are all making, not about their ego. So that’s my preferred archetype. The ones who aren’t prepared frustrate me because we should all be prepared. The ones who when I say How would you like to shoot this? And they say What do you think? A few times, that’s okay. I mean I’ve asked my lighting crew before I’m a little stymied, do you have any ideas? But if that is the standard M.O. [modus operandi] well I’m carrying them and it’s not fun for me. I mean maybe it would be fun for somebody else? Maybe there’s a DP out there who just has delusions of grandeur and as a wannabe director who would be thrilled to work with that person but for me it’s a collaboration…(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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