July 13, 2016

A special summer meeting:

Working in Hollywood: A Cinematographers’ Panel

Join the LAPPG as we delve this month into the world of production with a panel of independent Directors of Photography and explore what it means to be a working DP in Hollywood. We will begin the evening with a favorite scene from each panelist which they will break down for us including the equipment used, lighting techniques, and challenges faced to “get the shot.”  Then we will discuss the best practices for collaboration with Directors and what aspiring Directors should know as well as what DP’s can do to make this relationship creative and successful. We will also discuss how these DP’s shoot with or without the editor in mind and what lessons they’ve learned from working with colorists and post teams to deliver the Director’s vision.

Panelists include:

Dan Kneece has spent years creating amazing images. He started filming motion pictures at age 13 when his Mother bought a Super 8 camera.  In 1979,dansun while finishing his Master’s in Media Arts at the University of South Carolina, Dan began his professional career shooting news at WIS-TV in Columbia, SC. Soon thereafter he was taught Steadicam by inventor Garrett Brown which led to a 28 year career as a Steadicam Operator and an ongoing professional relationship with Director David Lynch on films such as Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and Mulholland Drive. Dan’s skills evolved into expertise as an “A” Camera Operator on major film, television, commercial and music video productions. He worked with the best in the business and learned from them all. Dan now uses his knowledge, extensive filmmaking experience and incredible eye to excel in his work as Director of Photography.


Rainer Lipski DP- Hailing from Berlin, he has been recognized internationally and has worked in 18 countries. His recent accomplishmentsRainer 250 include winning Best Cinematography at the 2016 FilmOut San Diego Festival for the feature film Kiss Me, Kill Me. Rainer also enjoyed the success of his latest music video Moderat- Running which premiered this past month on vogue.com. He studied cinematography at the renowned Film School in Baden-Würtenberg, Germany. In 2006, his thesis project “Living iPod” won multiple awards including the Young Director Award at Cannes that rocketed his career into the Commercial World. Since then Rainer has shot 8 feature films, over 140 commercials, 30 short films and multiple music videos. Since 2009 Rainer lives in Los Angeles along with his Actress/Director wife, he continues to work and gain global recognition for his artistic viewpoint, professionalism, and dedication to his passion – the art of cinematography.


Colt Seman started his career with a bang, working with the viral video machine known as Red Bull Media House, where he created two of their Coltmost-popular web series. Almost instantly, the industry took note of his artistry and dubbed him a rising talent. He was the youngest person featured in several critically acclaimed documentaries on cinematography, two of which won Emmys. Now the Director of Photography at Culprit Creative, Colt is completely unleashing his visual ingenuity to explore his creative curiosities. He is able to craft stunning frames in the spur of the moment, as well as spend copious hours developing new camera technologies that innovate filmmaking and push the boundaries of modern visuals.

As always there will be plenty of time to network, enjoy some coffee and participate in our great giveaway! $5.00 kindly requested at the door will include 1 giveaway ticket.


[one_half first][box type=”note” icon=”none”] LOCATION

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
@ Roth Hall
1714 21st Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
[/box][/one_half][one_half]***There is street parking as well as a Crossroads parking lot parallel on 22nd Street.

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