Featured Member: Timothy Jones
“I learn something every time I work on a production. And I try to take time to help other beginners learn their craft.”
What was your first education as a filmmaker?
My mother taught me how to take pictures at a young age on 35mm, taking into consideration exposure and composition for every frame. Watching films like Narnia and Behind the scenes videos drove me towards a career behind the camera.
Have you always wanted to work behind the camera?
My first interest in performing arts was stage acting, I soon moved behind the scenes of our local theatre operating the light board and spotlight.
What was your primary training?
On the job! A few books along the way, but the lion’s share of my training took place while the cameras were rolling. Starting with making my own movies with friends, to asking questions of professionals on set, I learn something every time I work on a production. And I try to take time to help other beginners learn their craft.
Having worked on the set of “Stranger Things,” are you surprised at all by the success it has gone on to have?
Well it was interesting when people asked what I was working on I would tell them, "oh it's some new Netflix show called Stranger Things" and they would be like, "Okay, that's cool, what else have you been doing?" Nobody had really heard of it. The upcoming actors in the show were as of then unheard of, so it is interesting watching their rising fame. I'm not too surprised by its popularity, the production quality on set was apparent, but I didn't see it being an instant hit to the #1 spot!
What advice can you give aspiring cinematographers?
Safety first. The shot isn’t worth an injury or life. Don’t burn bridges! That guy may not be your favorite, but he may also hire you down the road! Hold your tongue, be respectful.
How did you get your first break in the industry?
My first feature was my sister's friend from college. I worked on many indie features for very little pay until a union Gaffer I met hired me on my first union job. Most recently I worked in the electric department for the Netflix thriller Stranger Things.
You rent out your RED Dragon on our site. What are your thoughts on that camera?
I love the images I get with my RED and I am so familiar with how it responds to light. I feel more confident as a DP when I have a Dragon at my back!
What's your favorite non-camera piece of equipment?
I love my Paralinx wireless video! Plug and play and no issues. and no cables!
Any other interests or hobbies outside of what you do?
I love outdoors and sports, travel and new things! I hope to visit all of our country's National Parks and take photos of wildlife and scenery.
Why did you join ShareGrid?
Opportunity. I hope to connect some great artists in the area with great tools to create their projects inside their budget. Sharegrid seems like a great way to do that, and to minimize the downtime my equipment experiences.
What draws you, personally and professionally, to Atlanta?
I moved here just over a year ago for the purpose of filming movies full time. And I have done just that. It has been a real experience and I hope for many more!