Filmmaking Lessons I Learned From Roger Corman – Brad Rushing

Brad Rushing, Cinematographer: I remember meeting the producer at the studio on my first job and took me into his office and he said Brad, every day you can pick one scene to make look really good. Beyond that just make your day.

Film Courage: Do you think if you were still moving to Los Angeles today that it would take you five to ten years to find steady work as a cinematographer?

Brad: It’s hard to say but I’m going to go out on a limb and say probably not. The reasons being are that there are tools today that didn’t exist in 1990. You have the internet, you have film industry groups and associations, you have access like when I started shooting the only way to shoot quality work was film cameras which were very expensive and very hard to come by and the film was expensive and the processing and tren and the telecine and if you shot on video it looked cheap and crappy but even those cameras were expensive. There were no inexpensive home camcorders and I could shoot something on my iPhone and you could cut it into an Avengers movie and you would never know that is just an incredible paradigm shift. You can cut films on your phone, you can cut them on your computer. Those things did not exist. Now you’ve got YouTube and influencers and web shows and so many more things. Now how long it would take me to crack into the more professional stuff like feature films, it’s hard to say? But it would be a lot easier to make quality content. It would be a lot easier to access other filmmakers. Back in the 90’s, how do you find anybody? I mean now you just pop on Facebook and you jump in a group and boom there you go you’re surrounded by them and if that group is full of a bunch of sh*tty people with bad attitudes, you just go to the next group, you go to multiple groups…(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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