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About Katie and her background:
I started working in film when I was in school at Georgia State University. I was an intern and production assistant in Art Department before switching over to Camera. As a cinematographer I think playing with space is just as important as playing with light so I’m grateful I started where I did! Now I work as a camera assistant and Director of Photography and make a lot of music videos!

How did you first get interested in photography or film?
As a kid, I was always writing or taking pictures. I wanted to document everything! I got my first video camera when I was 12. I probably have about 20 tapes with footage of sleepovers and birthday parties on it. They’re very cringe-worthy.

What’s your favorite camera?
My go-to is my Braun Nizo S55 Super 8 camera (editors note: you can rent Katie’s Super 8 Camera on KitSplit here and other Super 8 options here). People look at me like I’m crazy when I shoot with it, but I love the format. Film is magical. There’s no replacement for it. As a camera assistant working with film is a whole different beast. It’s really really gratifying, but also terrifying when something goes wrong.

What new camera or piece of gear are you excited to try?
I’m dying to try the EasyRig Cinema Flex Vest!

Who’s a filmmaker or photographer who inspires you?
I’m really into the cinematographer Elliot Davis. I love that he takes such a holistic approach to cinematography and brings his background in architecture into his work. There’s parts of ‘Thirteen‘ that look and feel so alien–the cinematography of that film totally captures what it feels like to be a teenage girl. I still cringe when I watch it.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I used to teach archery 😉

Tell us a little about you and your background!
I graduated from Full Sail University with a degree in Film Science. I grew up in Brooklyn, I’ve been working in the television/film industry for over 15 years. I first became interested in film during my senior year of high school when I first saw Guy Ritchie’s film, ‘Snatch.’ I became obsessed with character driven storytelling and dialogue and began watching films from directors like Quentin Tarantino. I also grew up with the works of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas making me a huge Star Wars/Indiana Jones nerd (not including the prequels or Crystal Skull.)

How did you first get interested in photography or film?
I started as a video editor, but quickly transitioned to working on set. I gained a fascination with photography and began working as a camera assistant before making the jump to an operator. I’ve shot films, music videos, documentaries and a whole lot of television. Notably, I shot the first 13 seasons of TLC’s long running show ‘Say Yes to the Dress‘ from 2007-2014.

What new camera or piece of gear are you excited to try?
With all of the technology available to us today, there’s so many fantastic cameras to choose from and I enjoy working with them all, whether it be an Osmo or an Amira. I tend to lean towards working with Canon products considering their affordability and quality. One thing I don’t have much experience in (since NY laws are so strict) is flying drones, which I am very excited to get more involved with in the coming weeks.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I auditioned for the role of Tom Hanks’ son in ‘Sleepless in Seattle‘ in 1992. I didn’t get the roll…


Tell us a little about you and your background!
Got my first PA gig on an indie feature back when I was 16 and I haven’t looked back. I earned a BFA in Film and Video from the School of Visual Arts and have been building a career as an AC, camera op, and screenwriter in NYC ever since. My latest script debuted as an April Fool’s Joke this year.  It’s called ‘Rear Assult’, and despite the title it is not a spoof, but instead a lovingly crafted 90’s action movie throwback written with none other than the great Steven Seagal in mind.  You can read that here

How did you first get interested in photography or film?
They were piled in dusty boxes in the basement. Hundreds of them in no particular order. VHS tapes. A treasure trove of them that my Dad had amassed over the years taping movies off of AMC and Showtime. Each tape would fit 2 or 3 films on it, and each film would transport me to another world. The windswept vistas and extreme close ups of sun cracked faces in Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns. The classy cantina full of desperate refugees mingling at Rick’s Cafe American in ‘Casablanca‘. Dinosaurs that lived and breathed, and seemed as real in ‘Jurassic Park‘ as the collie that slept at the foot of my bed. My imagination was captivated by all the worlds explored in those dusty VHS boxes, and I decided that I wanted to tell stories like they did. Stories that were good enough to be worth taping off of HBO by families everywhere.

What’s your favorite gear to use?
Call me old fashioned, but I love my Bolex. Are the silent, grainy 16mm images it produces going to rival a 6K RED? No. But there’s a place still set at my table for this little spring loaded fellow. Nostalgia rules.

What new camera or piece of gear are you excited to try?
I’m looking forward to trying the Canon 5D Mark IV.  The Mark III was such a workhorse for years, and I can’t wait to find the right project to test that new 4K sensor with.  

Who’s a filmmaker or photographer who inspires you?
I’m inspired by Robert Elswit because his photography always seems to work in tandem with the story.  Every frame of ‘Michael Clayton‘ is composed in a way that lets the story unfold naturally without calling attention to itself.  Similarly, the almost silent opening of ‘There Will Be Blood‘ allowed for the shots necessary to tell the story in an effective manner. Beautiful pictures are one thing, but when they are in service of the narrative I am inspired. And Elswit does this every time.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I’m double jointed!

Tell us a little about you and your background!
I was born and raised in Staten Island, New York, but really I was born and raised on the internet. I’m KitSplit’s Community Manager, which means I….manage the community! If you’ve used KitSplit, there’s a high likelihood we’ve talked at one point or another. I also help with a little bit of everything else, like social media and events!  

How did you first get interested in photography or film?
When I was 16 I started as an usher at my local movie theatre and something just sparked. I took kind of a reverse path through film, learning about the distribution process before the filmmaking. After that I was a buyer/social media manager/customer service friend/press relations manager for Photojojo and I was also the Community Manager for the US branch of Lomography–those jobs got me interested in still photography.

What new camera or piece of gear are you excited to try?
Ever since the new Sony Alpha a9 came out I’ve been dying to get my hands on it!

Who’s a filmmaker or photographer who inspires you?
Anyone that has the courage and drive to get out and make their film or take some photos inspires me. Working at KitSplit is great in so many ways, but the best part is getting to see passion projects turn into something real.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I was Editor-in-Chief of my high school yearbook for my junior and senior years (go cougars!) and, like Katie, I too taught archery when I was 14 while working at a Dude Ranch.


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