Cinematography Panel

Saturday December 14th 2013
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EDT (GMT -5)

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Join us on  for an insightful discussion about cinematography and camera.   Joining us this year is an amazing group of experts and professionals who have been successful for many years at the work they do by looking through a lens.


DAN KNEECE – DP and Steadicam guruMulholland Drive, Jackie Brown, Twin Peaks
(via Los Angeles, CA. USA)

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With over 170 credits on IMDB, Dan is Known for his work on such films as Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, Jackie Brown, Grindhouse, and The Artist, as well as TV shows like Twin Peaks, and Entourage to name a few.

He Founded, along with David Allen Grove, the Steadicam Guild in September 2002.





BEN KASULKE – DP – Humpday, Safety Not Guarenteed, Your Sister’s Sister
(via Seattle. WA. USA)

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Ben Kasulke is an award winning Director and Director of Photography based in Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York.  Ben graduated from the Northfield-Mount Hermon School and received his BS in Cinema Production from Ithaca College following additional study at FAMU Prague.

Ben’s feature film career began while he was employed as the staff cinematographer for the Seattle based Film Company. While there he was fortunate enough to begin running collaborations with award winning filmmakers Guy Maddin and Lynn Shelton. Kasulke has also worked in music video and performance documentation with various acts including Neko Case and Built To Spill. Ben’s television credits include PFFR’s “The Heart, She Holler” on Adult Swim and Abso Lutely’s upcoming “Review With Forrest McNeil” for Comedy Central.

In 2006, he received two awards for his Cinematography on Shelton’s “We Go Way Back” from the Slamdance and Torun Film Festivals.  In 2009 Ben was fortunate enough to lens the Sundance Special Jury Prize winning “Humpday” which went on to win the John Cassavetes Award at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards.

He was honored to shoot Marie Losier’s “The Ballad Of Genesis And Lady Jaye” which was awarded both the Golden Teddy and Caligari Prize at the 2011 Berlinale.  Ben served as a Director of Photography for the Sundance Institute Feature Film Director’s Lab in 2011 and 2012.  Kasulke was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2012 for his work on Megan Griffiths’ “The Off Hours”. Ben was the recipient of the Mayor’s Award For Outstanding Achievement In Film at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival. Kasulke was listed by Variety as one of ’10 Cinematographers To Watch’ in 2012. Also in 2012, The International Camera Guild profiled Ben as part of it’s “Generation Next”. The Stranger newspaper presented Ben Kasulke the Genius Award in Film in 2013.

Ben Kasulke’s work has been screened at multiple film festivals including the Toronto, Berlin, Sundance, and Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight. His feature film work has been released by IFC Films, Magnolia Pictures, and The Criterion Collection.

Benjamin Kasulke is represented by United Talent Agency.




PHILIP BLOOM- DP, Director, Camera Guru
(via London, England)

philip bloomPhilip Bloom is a world-renowned filmmaker who, for the past 7 years of his 24-year career has specialized in creating incredible film-like images with low budget video. His most iconic work is created with Canon DSLRs. As one of the biggest evangelists for their use in productions his website became the place to go to for budding filmmakers as well as experienced ones keen to embrace the new technology. His site now regularly has over 1,000,000 visitors a month.

Currently Philip is working on various documentary and fiction projects and much more besides. He is constantly stretching his creative abilities whilst still taking time to keep his website relevant and touring the world teaching young and old filmmakers better techniques. Not just through technology but through better storytelling skills. His workshops have been an enormous success around the world and he will continue to run them for as long as possible as learning never stops!




MODERATOR –  JAIME BYRD – DP, Director, and producer

Jaime Byrd is the founder of Blind Lyle FIlms where her skills have resulted in multiple awards for her production work including a Best Cinematography award for her recent music video work.

She produced the show, TALKER, starring Jay Thomas, Tim Mattheson, and Sharon Lawrence, which won best comedy, best actor, and best directing at the LA Int’l TV awards in 2011.

Jaime has worked for almost a decade in the film, video, and editing medium.  Immersing herself in what has been an ever-changing world of digital and new media, she has mastered the art of capturing the moment and painting with light.

She is currently producing a feature film, set in the Appalachian mountains of NC starring HBO’s True Blood star, Carrie Preston.