Episode 13 - Brandon Roots, Cinematographer of King Jack

In today’s episode we chat with the cinematographer of King Jack, to learn about his methods, how a DP balances commercial work and feature films, and his ongoing collaboration with the film’s director and writer, Felix Thompson.

Refilmery Series takes you behind the scenes to discover the process and strategies that filmmakers and creative people employ in their work.

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Welcome to Refilmery! We are a film and photography production company in New York. Each week, we turn the mic on our fellow creatives and the brand leaders we produce films for, to find out why they make their films, and how they use storytelling to reach their audiences.

What elements of cinematography do you need to create a great film? In today’s episode, we chat with Brandon Roots, the cinematographer of King Jack, to learn about his methods and what he discovered while making the film.

We also discuss:

• Brandon’s ongoing collaboration with the film’s director and writer, Felix Thompson,
• How a DP balances commercial work and feature films,
• How Brandon’s visual arts background influences his film work

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The Refilmery Series takes you behind the scenes to discover the process and strategies that filmmakers and creative people employ in their work.

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Today’s show was produced by the Refilmery Team – a shoutout to Francesca Rimi, Lauren Sagnella, Thi Ho, Yinnan Shen, Gabrielle Chang and Paul Doust. Produced by Refilmery.com; curated and hosted by David Joshua Ford.

Trailer for King Jack

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ABOUT KING JACK IMDb »

81-min | Adventure, Drama | USA
Official Release Date: 10 June 2016
Director: Felix Thompson
Writer: Felix Thompson

Cast

Jack … CHARILE PLUMMER

Ben … CORY NICHOLS

Tom … CHRISTIAN MADSEN

Shane … DANNY FLAHERTY

Karen … ERIN DAVIE

Harriet … YAINIS YNOA

Synopsis

Jack is a scrappy fifteen year-old kid stuck in a run-down small town. Trapped in a violent feud with a cruel older bully and facing another bout of summer school, Jack’s got all the problems he can handle. So when Jack’s aunt falls ill and his runty younger cousin must stay with him for the weekend the last thing Jack wants to do is look after him. Unfortunately no one really cares what Jack wants. Set over a hazy summer weekend, King Jack is a tough and tender coming of age story about friendship and finding happiness in rough surroundings.

About The Cinematographer

Brandon

Brandon Roots is a New York-based cinematographer. For the last year he has been working as a commercial directing duo called Lefty with Felix Thompson (dir. King Jack), and recently signed with Unit9. His eye for composition and lighting has landed him work shooting feature films and commercials both in the United States and abroad. He has shot for clients including Gucci, Apple, and Etsy.com, and while his narrative work has been screened at a number of high profile film festivals including Tribeca, SXSW, and the London Film Festival. 

Join Us In Soho

Join us for our monthly film screenings and live podcast interview recordings in Soho New York. The rundown of our night is:

  • 6:00pm – Doors open for beer, popcorn, & socializing
  • 6:45pm – Doors close, film starts
  • 8:30pm – Interview with the filmmaker
  • 8:55pm – Wrap & photos
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Refilmery Series - King Jack

Refilmery Series – King Jack

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