Featured Member: Adam Reynolds
I fell into surf/water photography a few years back when I injured my shoulder and was forced to sit out from surfing for 6 months. I grabbed a camera and began shooting my friends. One thing lead to another and before I knew it, my shoulder was healed, but I couldn't put the camera down.
What's your earliest memory that sparked your interest in your respective trade?
I'm a producer/photographer by trade. Producing has always come very naturally to me, so it's no surprise when the skate films that my brother and I used to make in Baltimore opened the doors to bigger opportunities to explore my passion for producing. The same is true with photography - My mom is a photographer and I've always considered myself a visual person. So, the idea of telling a story through visuals has always been important to me. Now, I've combined my interest in producing and my passion for visual storytelling into one - Boardhead Brothers.
Where did you train and/or study?
McDonogh - High School - Baltimore, Maryland
Syracuse University - Undergrad - Syracuse, New York - Newhouse School of Communications - Major: Television, Radio & Film - Minor: Film Theory
University of New South Whales - Undergrad - Sydney, Australia - Film Theory
What artists in your trade past or present do you admire the most?
Jason Baffa - Director/Filmmaker
Jack Johnson - Filmmaker/Musician
Ryan Tatar - Film Photographer
Chris Burkard - Photographer
What are some of your favorite artistic influences? (movies, bands, paintings, etc...)
Film, TV shows, and Music - Singlefin: Yellow, The Wire, The Graduate, Big Lebowski, Thicker Than Water.
What's the best professional advice you've ever been given?
Never give up.
How did you get your first break in the industry?
I started as a Production Assistant on MADtv (Season 12). I hustled and worked my way up to a Producer's Assistant role, where I began digesting any and all information I could get my hands on. I would then apply what I learned to my own projects (outside of work) and build from there. I fell into surf/water photography a few years back when I injured my shoulder and was forced to sit out from surfing for 6 months. I grabbed a camera and began shooting my friends. One thing lead to another and before I knew it, my shoulder was healed, but I couldn't put the camera down.
What has been your proudest moment in your line of work thus far?
Walking into a surf shop in Ventura, CA with my unsuspecting parents, picking up a copy of Slide magazine and opening the magazine to one of my photos as a two-page spread. It was a proud moment for the family.
Film or Digital?
Why not both? Each has it's own distinct set of pros and cons, some more favorable than others in particular conditions. At the end of the day though, I'm just happy to have a camera in hand.
What's your newest favorite piece of technology?
I'm not really into a specific line of technology, but rather the relationships in which technology has with consumers. For example, I enjoy seeing how the tech sector and the entertainment industry continue to merge as one.
What's the next "big thing" in the entertainment industry?
The 2nd Screen experience - Extending entertainment beyond your television screen and delivering a tailored experience to your computer screen or mobile device in order to create a full on audience experience. Screen-Bridge is a company that's pioneering that space.
Any other interests or hobbies outside of what you do?
Surfing, Photography, Hiking, Exploring, Camping - I realize these all sound cliche, but life in California offers such an amazing opportunity to embrace these hobbies, so I try and run with it. And at the end of the day, I think the passion for hobby makes for better art.
Why did you join ShareGrid?
As an independent producer, I find value in knowing that there's a community of like-minded people who are willing to offer equipment and services for the good of a bigger picture item. Not to mention, sometimes it's just easier to get what you need from friends rather than a big, over-priced rental house.