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news: A Filmmakers Journey: From SCC Student to Series DP on "Chicago Fire"

September 8, 2015
We'll start with a fabulous lunch provided by our host MP&E Equipment Rental. Arizona's largest camera house, MP&E also carries a full line of grip and electric: Grip trucks; Honda and Litepower Movie quiet generators; HMI's, Mole, ARRI, Kino Flo, Litepanels, K5600; ARRI Alexa, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, and RED cameras; Cinema Prime & Zoom Lenses from Angenieux, Canon, Cooke, Fujinon & Zeiss.

Following lunch, Jayson will speak on a range of topics based on audience questions including:

- Transitioning from student to working professionals.

- Working in independent features versus working on network television.

- Finding the balance between being an artist and being a manager.

- The realities of reels, agents, and being in a union versus non-union.

- The practicalities of making your days, location versus stage work, etc.

Jayson will also show a few clips from CHICAGO FIRE and then discuss them in detail (we'll talk about shooting fire!)

This is intended to be an interactive workshop; Jayson will tailor the workshop to the group based on the questions submitted. This is your chance to have a workshop custom made for you!

Jayson Crothers BIO:

Jayson is currently serving as the Director of Photography for the fourth season of Producer Dick Wolf's NBC hit CHICAGO FIRE (he also handled 2nd Unit duties on Season Two and Three as well as shooting ¼ of its third season). Prior to joining CHICAGO FIRE, he photographed nearly two dozen features; recent highlights include shooting AMNESIAC for Director Michael Polish (starring Wes Bentley and Kate Bosworth) and the festival hit COLDWATER for Director Vincent Grashaw. In 2011 he served as the Los Angeles Unit Director of Photography for the Lionsgate hit FROM PRADA TO NADA. His work has screened theatrically and on network and cable television, as well as at festivals such as South By Southwest, Tribecca, Camerimage, etc,

In 2011, Jayson served as the Technical Editor for A SHOT IN THE DARK, a book about digital cinematography and lighting. When not shooting he's enjoyed teaching Cinematography workshops and seminars across the US, the Philippines, and Kosovo.

A member of Local 600, Jayson holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago as well as an MFA from the American Film Institute.

Workshop Snapshot:

WHO: Jayson Crothers, Award winning DP on "Chicago Fire"

WHEN: Saturday Sept. 19 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM

WHERE: MP&E Equipment Rental, 16585 N. 92nd St., Ste. 104, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Tickets: $20 in advance; $30 at the door; FREE for APA Members, but you still need to RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOTE: Participants are asked to submit questions in advance to

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