Filmmaking seems to encompass all the arts, that is, painting, sculpture, music, literature and even dance. Those visual expressions of beauty and meaning are thousands of years old while filmmaking is less than a hundred and thirty. The joy and enthusiasm of seeing the first projected movies must have been an incredible experience for people back in the early 1900s. The same enthusiasm must have taken hold of people like cinematographer Sharath Chandra when he saw his first movie as a child. Perhaps that moment of appreciating the moving light and sound struck a chord in him and even though he wasn’t consciously aware of it at the time, it would pull him half way across the world from India to Los Angeles to be a part of the filmmaking community when he got older.
He immersed himself in everything film and learned how to operate all types of cameras, both film and digital. He even earned degrees from two different universities in the art and craft of making movies. Now his resumé is so long we can’t even tell you everything that’s on it because we don’t have enough room here. We can, however, mention that Sharath, by his determination and persistence, has worked on films and digital video projects that have been shot in all different formats, that is, 5D, 16mm and 35mm film. He started from the bottom and worked as a Production assistant, PA, then moved up the ladder to second and first Camera assistant and then to cinematographer. He also worked in other departments whenever and wherever he was needed. His all around film education, along with his actual hands on experience has made him a journeyman filmmaker.
When he is not shooting someone else’s films, he shoots his own – and writes, directs and edits them too. He has directed, written and edited numerous short films and considers himself a collaborative filmmaker. He is open to ideas and he is a passionate team player who possess a hybrid of artistic and creative focus. Sharath is a hard-working and multi-tasking individual who maintains a keen awareness on achieving quality, teamwork, and accuracy. He can handle any camera out there, whether it’s digital or film, and he is proficient on Mac or PC computers. He is intimate with all Adobe programs including Final Draft, Final Cut Pro and Photoshop. He is also very familiar with Movie Magic Scheduling & Budgeting, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and Story Board Quick. If he’s not directly behind the camera shooting a film, Sharath can easily slide into the role of Producer and manage the project from beginning to end.