Pro Cinematographer Shares 4 Qualities Every Actor Should Have – Brad Rushing

Brad Rushing, Cinematographer: And he flashed the camera with a flare and I thought Oh that’s perfect! Oh my goodness, it will never happen again. Oh how tragic that I hope they use that take. So we rolled again…

Film Courage: How do you know an actor is the real deal?

Brad: I would say there are different flavors of real deal. There there are people who bring the performance in different ways that are moving and convincing but it’s really those moments when I’m behind a camera and I disengage as a technician and become an audience member and I feel a tear in my eye or I have to take my hand off the camera because I’m laughing so hard that it’s going to shake the camera. There’s a scene in A California Christmas where Callie and her mom are in the truck talking about her mom’s cancer and every time we did that scene I just wanted to walk from behind the camera and just go give them a hug. I just had this strong like Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry and those are the moments for me or also I’ve worked on movies where somebody played a bad person and I remember thinking on set That guy’s kind of a meanie and then later on we become best friends. It’s very weird. I worked with Rutger Hauer once and that guy was just amazing. This is another one of those things that we could do a whole one of these just with my Rutger Hauer stories but I’ll tell you one of my favorite ones is we were shooting in Brazil and we were shooting out in the rain forest near Ubatuba and we were in a hut and Rutger was standing by a window…(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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