Pro Cinematographer On Lighting A Movie – Brad Rushing

Brad Rushing, Cinematographer: We have this one where Lauren [Writer/Actress Lauren Swickard] is on the phone. That’s a scene in Cali’s bedroom. I remember it’s on the second floor and when Shaun [Director Shaun Paul Piccinino] said he wanted to shoot in that bedroom I was like Okay, I’m going to have to get an extra high stand. So we specifically ordered an Avenger stand for this shot and then also there’s a scene in mom’s bedroom where she’s sick and she’s bed bound. That one also needed that Avenger stand because a normal stand would not get us up to an altitude where we could get a good angle like we’d be pointing up, so that’s a special stand. We shot it in the day with an M18 which is the 1800 Watt HMI Par. I remember in that moment worrying that there was a little too much glare and even when we did the color grade I was like Shaun, you want to make that go away a little bit. He’s like Oh, no I love it. He was right, it’s beautiful…(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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