Why I Shoot. By: Chris Marino


I have always been fascinated with cinema. Growing up I was fortunate to have a father that was more a movie buff than me. I was introduced to classic films very early on. Our VHS player got a lot of action, burning out copies of “The Natural” & “Witness for the Prosecution”. Definitely not your typical titles that you would think a 12 year old would identify with. It wasn’t until I started driving that I would “cut” with my eyes when in the car listening to music. That is what drove me to learn to be an editor. Weird. When I went to film school I initially started on the editing path. It wasn’t until I put a bulky Canon XL-2 on my shoulder that I fell in love with looking through a lens. Never looking back to the editing room (unless I absolutely have to) I pursued my passion for cinematography. Being the visual author of a great story is what I thrive on. The capability to wield any camera, from film to digital, and create beautiful pictures is my passion.

A director and cameraman are like husband and wife. Even though they may fight, all their films are their offspring. I am a cinematographer… A film is not one individual’s method of personal expression but a matter of teamwork, cooperative venture.

-Kazuo Miyagawa

Rashômon (1950)

So after an grueling 18 hour day on set and wrapping out in the wee hours of the morning, I go home and get minimal sleep. When the alarm rings in what seems to be way to soon, I do it all over again. Why? Because I love it!

Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  • http://wideopencamera.com Jared Abrams

    Great Post Chris. Thanks for participating in this little series. I think it is great to be able to reflect on what drives us to do what we do. I really appreciate your response.

  • http://soundcloud.com/octopod Matt

    Loved reading about what keeps you inspired. Keep doing what you do homey!

  • http://YourWebsite Sebastian_TR

    Nicely said chris – particularly like the quote by “Kazuo Miyagawa”. Keep on shooting !