WAAV – Ben Holbrook see’s his art from both sides of the camera.
“Most videographers use the lens as a shield, or a battering ram, in which their expression becomes their extroverted alter-ego. Few videographers embrace the full picture, traversing both sides of the lens… As eager to explore as to be explored.” TVG
Ben moved to Bed-Stuy Brooklyn from Garner North Carolina in 2007 to pursue an acting career. He made a transition to writing as a way to better express himself as an actor. This blossomed into a full fledged passion for filmmaking and today videography. Ben assimilates all of these skills into a synergy of artistic expression. To each their own path. Ben dropped by the WAAV photo-booth and was kind enough to participate in a Q&A.
How long have you been shooting?
I’ve been shooting since 2008, starting with my first short film, and branching out from there.
What is your primary camera?
I use a Pentax K-01, which I love. I love Pentax’s color quality and their lenses, so I decided to try my hand at videography with their brand and I’ve liked it very much.
What is your favorite city to shoot in?
New York, there’s just nothing better. I do, however, love shooting in Asheville, NC as well. It’s a gorgeous city with mountains and great culture (and food!).
What is your other passion?
I’m a playwright as well as a filmmaker, and an actor (BFA Acting ’07). I love writing, I do it every day. I also play music (guitar, vocals, and a bit of piano).
If you had one historical event or figure you could shoot or interview, who would it be?
It would be great if someone could’ve been there to document the conversations in the room during the signing of the United States Constitution. Or being able to interview Black Elk or Chief Seattle, would be pretty special also.
What do you love most about videography?
Being able to give people access to an event or another human being in a way that they wouldn’t have in print or photography. They can see the person’s mannerisms, their expressions, hear their voice all at the same time. Or being able to take a person’s music and tell a visual story with it. It’s a fun way to create a little bit of reality and a fantastic way to tell a story.
Do you have a website?
Yes my website is http://benholbrook.com/ some of my stuff is there. And my facebook fan page is http://facebook.com/holbrookfilms a lot of my newer stuff is on there, like the music video I just shot (my first time doing a video).
Thank you Ben.
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