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How Sophie Gemelas' Work as a DP at LMU got her on professional sets
Sophie Gemelas finished her MFA at Loyola Marymount University in the spring of 2022. Within just a few years, Sophie has DPed multiple professional projects.
Here’s a breakdown of one of Sophie’s first music videos, and her most recent work as a professional cinematographer.
Rachel Alexandra - DRIVE
While you watch, notice:
🖼️ How framing says it all
🎥 An extended rack focus emphasizes the distance, spatially and emotionally, that exists between the characters
💡 The vertical line that slices down the frame, once again communicating a disconnect
Sophie paired her obvious cinematography shops with an understanding of storytelling. It’s that pairing that would eventually land her on professional music video sets as a cinematographer.
LonelyTwin - More Than On My Mind
While you watch, notice:
🌫️ How the film establishes and maintains an air of reminiscence: A combination of digital and analog mediums lend different textures (and aspect ratios) to the various shots.
🖼️ Frame within a frame shots: This is a pattern in Sophie's work. Techniques such as these give the film a feel of flipping through a photo album or perusing faded memories.
🍭 How the film harnesses color to animate a romantic dream: LonelyTwin’s vivid red polo and deep blue sweater vest pit her against the hazy blue-greenish hue of the city light. As such, she stands out within the frame - as though her character is an ethereal traveler in another world.
👋🏼 Editor's Note
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