Featured Member: Mark LaFleur

January 12, 2016
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“Make it darker,” a director asked me. He made me so happy when he wasn’t scared to let his project be dark. Too often a big mistake I see is people over-lighting their projects.

What's your earliest memory that sparked your interest in your respective trade?

In high school, for two assignments I decided to make video projects on my friend’s VHS camcorder, rather than write papers. I was rewarded with an A for both projects (different classes/teachers), and what stood out most to me was that making these projects never felt like work. It was pure joy.

Where did you train and/or study?

Emerson College in Boston, MA.

What artists in your trade past or present do you admire the most?

I love Bruno Delbonnel and Roger Deakins.

What are some of your favorite artistic influences?

The last movie I saw, the last album cover I picked up, the 1967 Camero I passed on the highway. Everything influences us, even when it’s done poorly, we learn something.

Mark's Gear:

Sony FS7 Package
Zeiss Super Speeds

What's the best professional advice you've ever received?

“Make it darker,” a director asked me. He made me so happy when he wasn’t scared to let his project be dark. Too often a big mistake I see is people over-lighting their projects.

 

How did you get your first break in the industry?

A couple months after moving to LA, my friend, who new I was desperate for work asked if I wanted to work on a TV show where I would travel all over the world and shoot b-roll. I said yes.

What has been your proudest moment in you line of work thus far?

The day my parents and grandmother saw my first film in a theater at the Boston Film Festival. I was selected by 3 festivals that were a fairly short drive from their house, and they missed the first 2 because they couldn’t get out of work. I was quite relieved and thrilled when they made it to the last one.

Film or Digital?

If I’m a viewer, I still love film and film projection in theaters. The film projectors are disappearing, and that will truly be a tragic loss. There’s really nothing else like it. If I’m shooting, I prefer digital. I made the switch pretty early on, and I love that I can come up with an idea, pick up my camera, shoot, pop the video onto my computer, edit, and share with the world, all in one day, all without leaving my house if I wanted. I like that freedom.

What's your newest favorite piece of technology?

My newest favorite piece(s) of tech are my super old Nikon lenses. I have been collecting old still photo lenses and putting them on modern digital cameras, and the results are amazing. They bring so much character to modern cameras.

What's the next "big thing" in the entertainment industry?

I think it’s just the further democratization of the business. We have the equipment now with inexpensive high-end cameras, and with the internet as our theater and distribution, there is nothing stopping a person with a good idea to create and share it with the world.

Any other interests or hobbies outside of what you do?

I make a lot of my furniture and am in a band with some friends. Both of these passions allow me not only to make other forms of art, but they give me a chance to turn off my “work brain” and enjoy something simply for the sake of creation.

 

Why did you join ShareGrid?

I joined ShareGrid because I want to share my lenses with the community of filmmakers. I think they are special, and if I can make a few extra dollars and someone can get the look they want for their project, then everyone wins.

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Brent Barbano

I have been a freelance Cinematographer in Los Angeles for over 8 years. Hailing for Syracuse, NY, I also studied at Syracuse University’s film program. I am a proud member of IATSE Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild.

I co-founded ShareGrid in 2013 and I happily contribute my findings, ideas and news on ShareGrid with all of you.

Creative Director and Co-Founder of ShareGrid

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