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Here's a Longer Bio for those interested:

I’ve been pursuing a career in Cinematography for over half my life now.  At age 16, I fell in love with filmmaking and cameras, and like many others I followed my dreams to Hollywood.   It has its ups and downs, but there have been some incredible high points for me over the years, and I’m expecting even better things to come.

I started as a Lighting Tech in high school, and this led me to USC’s School of Cinema-Television and eventually to become a member of the lighting union, Local 728.  I pulled heavy cable and pushed big lights around, all the while learning from other talented Cinematographers.

I kept shooting small projects, developing my personal style and method of Cinematography.  In my mid- to late-twenties (I’m not sure of the exact moment) I transitioned from electrician to DP.  I’ve shot features, commercials, music videos, and corporates.  I get to travel, work with my friends, and make films… it’s awesome!

I’ve shot both film and digital, and have invested a huge amount of time to become an expert in HD and Digital Imaging.  I can talk your ear off about the differences among the various cameras out there, but it’s not really about the camera.  To achieve great Cinematography, the most important elements are composition, art direction, camera movement, and lighting.  I’m here to support the director’s vision for his film, and I’ve mastered the tools available so that I can properly execute my craft.

Every project that I shoot teaches me something new, and in fact, I try something unfamiliar as often as I can.  I believe that bold Cinematography is achieved by putting yourself in a challenging or foreign situation, because then it is your creativity and strengths that shine through. Whether it’s a lack of time or equipment, or trying a new technique, my work is best when I show up to set feeling a little nervous.

Finally, I enjoy being part of the filmmaking community.  I attend events, seminars, and screenings as much as I can, and I’ve made a lot of friends with my colleagues.  I’ve sought out mentors to whom I’m extremely grateful for sharing their advice and experiences.   Freelancing can be very challenging at times, but Cinematography is my passion, and I’m humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be in this business. 

RECENT NEWS:
I spent the summer shooting a few automotive spots for Toyota’s Prius and Matrix and Chevy’s new Silverado Hybrid for director Michael Moretti.  I also shot several music videos for my friend Mark Staubach, most recently a video on the RED One camera for the band Mayday Parade. Curves gym hired me to shoot a series of testimonials for their website, and the music video I shot for tobyMac’s “Boomin’” won a Dove Award for Best Short Form Music Video.  “The Journal”, “Pink Eye”, and “Dandelion Dharma” are out on the festival circuit, and of course you can pick up “The Beat”, “The List”, and “Zerophilia” at Blockbuster and Netflix.

CINEMATOGRAPHERS THAT INSPIRE AND INFLUENCE ME:
Conrad Hall, Roger Deakins, Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, Janusz Kaminski, Newton Thomas Sigel, Matthew Libatique, Mauro Fiore, Allen Daviau, Harris Savides, Vittorio Storaro, Gordon Willis, Robert Richardson, Gregg Toland, Bill Pope, Robert Elswit, Roy H. Wagner, M. David Mullen, Mark Doering-Powell, Michael Barrett, Amy Vincent, Geoff Boyle, Pawel Edelman, Bill Bennett, Daniel Pearl, Ketil Dietrichson, Chris Probst, Bobby Bukowski, and about 1000 others.

 

If you would like to consider me for your upcoming project, please drop me a line:  (323) 394-1132 or GFCine@gmail.com

 

Graham Futerfas is an established Cinematographer based in Los Angeles. With hundreds of credits and 20 years of experience, he shoots both film and digital and has worked as a DP on features, commercials, music videos, and television. His narrative credits include the feature film The Beat, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Mind of Its Own, Zerophilia, and also The List starring Wayne Brady. He has shot commercials for clients such as Toyota, Chevrolet, and Nike, and music videos for Simple Plan, Godsmack, Cody Simpson and Dredg, as well as dozens of other artists. Graham also has experience shooting corporate videos, interviews and multi-cam live events. Active in the filmmaking community, he is a member of the Cinematographer's Guild Local 600 and is always current on new technology and creative trends. An avid scuba diver with his own equipment, Graham can also shoot underwater. He can work as a local Director of Photography in Los Angeles, CA and also Dallas, TX where he grew up.

With a background as a lighting tech, a bachelor's degree from USC's film school, and two decades spent on set, Graham Futerfas is a battle-tested Cinematographer with a lot of creative tricks up his sleeve and the experience to get the job done.

Contact Graham at (323) 394-1132 or GFCine@gmail.com
Demo Reel available here at www.GFuterfas.com

Music Video Credits:
Tobymac ‘Boomin’’  directed by Scott Speer for HSI Productions
V Factory ‘Love Struck’  directed by Scott Speer for HSI Productions and Mega-G
Cody Simpson ft. FloRida 'iYiYi' directed by Mark Staubach for Rockhard Films
Temara Melek 'Burn It Up' directed by Shawnette Heard for Spittn Image
Simple Plan 'Astronaut' directed by Mark Staubach for Rockhard
Davina Leone 'Up All Night' directed by David Mahmoudieh
Jon B 'Comfortable Swagg' directed by Shawnette Heard for Spittn Image
Dredg 'I Don't Know' directed by Mark Staubach for Valencia Company
Mayday Parade ‘Miserable at Best’ directed by Mark Staubach for Valencia Company
Appleseed Cast 'The Summer Before' directed by Mark Staubach for Valencia Company
Malbec ‘Tell Me’ directed by Mark Staubach for Valencia Company
The Cab ‘I’ll Run’ directed by Mark Staubach for Valencia Company
Rock Kills Kid ‘Hide Away’ directed by Benj Thall for Wonderdrug
Sterling ‘Show Me the Love’ directed by Scott Speer for Symbolic Entertainment

Commercial Credits:
Toyota Prius ‘Unlitter’ directed by Michael Moretti for Blue Magic
Chevy Silverado ‘Wash’ directed by Michael Moretti for Blue Magic
Red Cross ‘Maybe’ directed by Jane Selle Morgan for Spotlab
Nike ACG ‘Crash and Learn’ directed by Jose Nuñes for ABK
Levi’s ‘Weekend’ directed by Peter Ramsay for ABK
Curves Gym ‘Real Members’ directed by Coleman Engellener for Apollo Interactive

Feature and Television Credits:
'Mind of Its Own' directed by Jason Kabolati at Agora Entertainment
'Somebody Marry Me' directed by John Asher for Real Stream Productions
‘The Journal’ directed by Sam Wasserman
‘The Beat’ directed by Brandon Sonnier
'Penny' directed by Benj Thall and written by Albert Bugoff
‘Paradox’ directed by Tyler Soper
‘Delusion’ directed by Mark Marchillo
‘The List’ directed by Brandon Sonnier
'Queen' directed by Adam Rose and Produced by Sam Wasserman
Daily Burn www.DailyBurn.com Fitness Videos directed by Mason Bendewald for MegaMace Productions produced by Lyn Healy

Here's a partial list of equipment I own, but I never require that you rent from me. I can work with you to put together the best camera and lighting kit for your specific project and I have relationships with many camera and lighting rental houses as well as crew. Movi Pro and Movi M15 Camera Stabilizer Gimbal Rental Los Angeles (similar to DJI Ronin, Tilta Gravity, Letus Helix), Bartech digital Wireless Follow Focus Hand Unit and Digital fStop Receiver, Heden Motor, Veracity Control Wheels for Movi - Geared Head Remote Controller Paralinx Tomahawk Wireless HD Video - 2000 foot range - 1 transmitter, 2 receivers Cinema Vibration Isolators from Stratus Productions Reduce Vibrations and Shock from Car ount, Vehical Mount by incorporating wire ropes For the Movi, I have Top mount and Underslung versions available CVI-XL and CVI-U Plus the Grip Hardware for Mitchell Mount and Speed Rail Clamps Zeiss Standard Speed Lenses (PL-Mount) 16, 24, 32, 50, 85, 135mm, all T2.1 O'Connor 2575-C Fluid Head with tripods and hi hat Arri 4x5 Matte Box and Follow Focus plus assorted Filters Dana Dolly Speed Rail Slider Wireless Director's Monitor Kit Includes TV Logic 5.6" LCD, Teradek Bolt Wireless HDSDI, Cables, Handles, Batteries, etc. Small HD 702 Daylight Bright 7" Monitor 17" Flanders Scientific HDSDI Monitor with Stand Mount, BNC Cables, Hoodman, etc. Kino Flo Lighting Kit 2 4'4Bank and 1 Diva Light C-Stands Canon 7D DSLR With basic lenses, batteries, cards, tripod, etc. Canon 5D Mark iii Lenses, batteries, cf cards, filters, tripod Magic Lantern RAW Hack Specialty Kit Items, GoPro Hero 4 Black

SPECIAL SKILLS
*FILM, HD, 4K, 2K, RAW, HDSLR, DIGITAL INTERMEDIATE, RED, ARRI, SONY, CANON, PANASONIC
*SPECIALTIES: DRAMATIC, BEAUTY, EDGY, AUTO, LIFESTYLE, COMEDY, FX TOYS, FASHION DOLLS, KIDS, BOYS, GIRLS
*DATA-BASED WORKFLOWS (P2, RED, SONY SXS), POST-PRODUCTION SAAVY
*EXTENSIVE LIGHTING AND RIGGING BACKGROUND
*FREEFLY MOVI PRO AND MOVI M15 CAMERA GIMBAL

MOVI OPERATOR LOS ANGELES
MOVI OP LOS ANGELES
MOVI TECH LOS ANGELES
GIMBAL OPERATOR LOS ANGELES
IATSE LOCAL 600
FREEFLY MOVI PRO

*CRANES, JIBS, CAR, BOAT, HELICOPTER AND SPECIALTY CAMERA MOUNTS
*GREENSCREEN, HIGH-SPEED, UNDERWATER, STUNTS AND VISUAL FX
*AVID SCUBA DIVER, UNDERWATER DP, WITH EQUIPMENT

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