Meet the Panel of DPs and Cinematographers
Moderated by Bestor Cram, Creative Director of Northern Light Productions
Jesse works as a cinematographer and media designer at Northern Light Productions. His work appears on screens across the country, including the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City, the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC, the Mob Museum in Los Vegas, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the War in the Pacific Museum in Guam. He has also filmed for feature-length documentaries, television specials and series, appearing on Discovery, PBS, HGTV, Comedy Central, Current TV, the Smithsonian Channel and at the Sundance Film Festival. Jesse is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston.
Nikki is a cinematographer based in Boston. Her credits include Runaway Chef; Thailand (PBS 2010), Give Me the Banjo (PBS 2011), Discovery ID (2013). Her documentary and nonprofit work has taken her across the US and to South Sudan. She was an associate producer on A Life Among Whales (PBS, Discovery), and the documentary she’s currently shooting (Councilwoman Castillo) screened at the Athena film festival in New York. For a complete CV, visit nikkibramley.com.
Austin de Besche
Austin de Besche has been a cinematographer for over forty years, a director for half that time. He has photographed feature films (Return of the Secaucus Seven and Lianna for John Sayles), documentaries (including Emmy winners Voices of the Children and On Thin Ice), national children’s programming (Postcards from Buster, Design Squad and NOVA scienceNOW for PBS), second unit television work (Cheers and St. Elsewhere), concert films, magazine shows, corporate films and television commercials numbered in the thousands.
Many of his projects have won awards: Return of the Secaucus Seven was chosen for the “10 Best Films of 1980” lists of the Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine. His skills and experience range from digital video to 35mm film, from tiniest location to big sound stage, from unscripted documentary to drama to special effects. His work has taken him to Africa, Europe, Asia, Central and South America, and all over the United States. He is also an actor and performer: acting in commercials and corporate films, performing in plays and improv comedy. Mr. de Besche recently produced, directed, and photographed Pilgrimage into the Past, which has screened at festivals, and was praised by renowned documentary-maker Ken Burns as “a fascinating, terribly honest and challenging film . . . a great film.”
Matt has been making movies since his little baby hands figured out how to turn on his parent’s VHS camcorder. With an education in Film and English he infuses every piece he works on with story and emotion. His nerdish leanings push him to tell every story using latest technologies and techniques that are right for the work. Matt has worked on projects for clients, including: Timberland, MIT, The United Way, and the United States Postal Service. As a founding partner and DP at Grain Digital he has sought to work with locally based companies and agencies to keep production in the Boston area.
Craig Orsini has more energy than his family beagle. He has been a photographer since the “early days” of digital, jumping on board in the 90′s when he opened a commercial still life studio in Boston. While the precision of still life spoke to the organized side of his brain, his sense of humor and love of people were severely undernourished. Fast forward to 2000 and Craig’s decision to begin concentrating on large productions with people and humor as a central focus. He is an early adopter of technology and an innovator with a passion for problem solving. Craig draws on his own life experience to capture realistic and emotional content. Always getting into the party or getting the party going, his imagery brings viewers directly into the scene. After establishing a national reputation in still photography Craig teamed up with Element as a director and continues to explore new ways to tell visual stories with his adventurous work, and for clients including: Zipcar, McDonald’s, Unreal Candy, Titleist, and Carnival among others.
Ken Willinger is an award winning Director of Photography with experience worldwide in all types of Film/TV production. He started his career in the news business working abroad first with CNN and then as a staff cameraman for NBC News. He covered war in the Middle East while living in Lebanon and saw the end of the Soviet Union while living in Moscow. He moved into long form documentary projects when back in the US as the chief cameraman with the Christian Science Monitor and travelled much of South America and the US.
Ken became a freelancer in 1994 working the major network magazine shows as well as long form documentary, corporate and commercial productions. He has also worked on television shows for most national outlets and many international ones including Nat Geo, PBS, NYT/Granada, BBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, and Discovery among others.
In the last ten years Ken has also become involved in the Indie Film genre and has filmed many shorts and full length features in international distribution. Industry awards include 3 NPPA awards, several regional EMMY awards including a Personal Achievement for Cinematography Award. He has also been nominated for several National Emmys, winning a National Emmy in 2003 for Public Service for the documentary “No Greater Love”. He’s won 2 Freddie Awards, one for a national CDC PSA and one for a feature documentary. He’s also won a Best Cinematography Award for an Indie Film at the Buffalo Screams Film Festival. Ken was also a member of Internews, part of a team of media professionals teaching independent news to former Soviet television stations, and has taught lighting at Boston University.
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