Hey there! I'm Oren Soffer

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Experience: 10 years
Title/Headline: Cinematographer
Known for: A Nightmare Wakes, No Letting Go, Opera of Cruelty, See You Soon
Minimum time: 10 minutes

About Me

Oren grew up between the United States and Israel, honing hobbies in painting and photography and watching Steven Spielberg movies. These activities laid the groundwork for what would eventually become a burning passion of all things film, and a particular focus on crafting bold, cinematic visual imagery. In 2017, a short film that Oren shot, 'Opera of Cruelty,' won the Alternative category at the Student Academy Awards.

Also that year, Oren shot two feature films that received theatrical releases. In 2018, a music video Oren co-shot for Avicii and Rita Ora, ‘Lonely Together,’ won the MTV VMA for Best Dance Video. During his studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Oren was nominated for the ASC Gordon Willis Student Heritage Award, and was a finalist for the Arri Volker Bahnemann Award for Cinematography. Since then, Oren has shot dozens of commercials and music videos for a variety of clients including Nike, Crest, Viacom, HBO, Foot Locker, IBM, Grey Goose Vodka, Doritos, Marriott Hotels, Mattel, and MTV, and has and has worked and apprenticed for acclaimed Directors of Photography Reed Morano, ASC and Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS.

For more info and to see Oren's work, visit: www.orensoffer.com

  • commercials
  • feature films
  • music videos
  • features
  • short films
  • film festivals
  • film school
  • cameras
  • independent film
  • los angeles
  • new york
  • film industry
  • production
  • virtual production
  • vr

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  • Open Ended Conversation

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  • Breaking In as a Cinematographer

    How do I meet directors? How do I get an agent? How do I advance my career to the next level? These are the most common questions I get as a cinematographer, and this session is designed to address these very questions. I am happy to deep dive into a litany of topics related to jump-starting a career as a DP, including how to expand your network, how to navigate and understand the mechanizations of both the commercial production company and ad agency landscape as well as the indie film landscape, and anything in between.

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  • Cinematography Marketing

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  • Virtual Production

    In 2018, I had the distinct pleasure to work on the early pre-production stages of Disney+'s "The Mandalorian". Those summer months gave me a unique early look and invaluable hands-on experience in one of the most exciting emerging fields in cinematography: virtual production. From shooting in VR to how the workflow integrates with the Unreal game engine to the ins-and-outs of Stagecraft technology, this topic will give you a detailed understanding of how virtual production works from the inside out, and will hopefully prepare you for a future when these tools become even more widely and readily available for a variety of different projects.

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  • Business and Politics

    A session dedicated to the side of cinematography nobody wants to talk about: How to negotiate rates; how to balance a budget to keep producers happy while also fulfilling the needs for your departments; personal finances, paying taxes, organizing as a loan-out corporation, and offsetting income with business expenses; whether or not it is worth owning gear -- as well as, how to tackle both the on-set and off-set politics of the film industry; how to diffuse tensions on set; how to make decisions when considering multiple projects; and how to build a sustainable and long-lasting career while navigating all of the above.

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  • Fundamentals of Cinematography

    I had the distinct pleasure of teaching introductory cinematography at my alma mater NYU for two years in the earlier stages of my career. Consider this topic a condensed college-level crash course in cinematography basics, catered specifically to you! Unclear on the specifics of how digital sensors work? Want to hone your understanding on the relationship between focal length, aperture and sensor size, particularly with the proliferation of so many new full frame and large format camera systems? Shooting on film and want to brush up on your understanding of how emulsion and the photochemical process works? Questions about photometry and lighting? Any topic you can think of, we can cover in this session.

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  • Work Critique and Project Advice

    Have a project that you shot that you feel like you could have done better work on? Working on an upcoming project and stumped by a particularly challenging scene or set-up you're looking for some advice on how to tackle? This session is all about your work: Tackling areas you don't feel confident in, addressing challenges, and bouncing ideas. I'm also happy to look at a shot or sequence from another pre-existing film that you are curious about how to execute or emulate in your own work.

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