Week 2 of our Cinema Line Launch is here, and we are so pumped to continue bringing you inspiring interviews from the top Cinematographers around. Today we're chatting with Kale Fitch:
Your work is gorgeous. How did you step into Cinematography as a full-time career?
I started out with a few companies that would shoot extreme sports type events (rock crawling, mountain biking, etc.) and one of the people I worked with needed help on a wedding he was shooting. I realized shortly after that I could do this myself but it was still quite a few years down the road. It took me that length of time to make the leap into doing it full time. Starting out I knew I had a passion for storytelling and wanted to pursue that as a career but it was really finding my voice, style, and ultimately the right clientele that fit for me to transition into it.
It seems like you have a very broad portfolio that’s full of many different subjects. Do you have a favorite subject or genre to film?
I think the heart of what I do is weddings. They are such an emotional and uplifting day with family and friends, it really is so rewarding to tell the story of each couple I work with. I thrive in seeing their reactions and bringing those raw emotions when they watch their films. I enjoy every aspect of capturing the story, bringing in little pieces of audio and video to propel it. Basically I love working with people, getting to know someone new and interacting with so many different lives.
Family videos - how wonderful and original! How did this idea come about?
It really started when I started my own family. Taking small little moments in my kids lives and making them into something I would want to watch. I would post those videos for friends & clients to see, and they really wanted something similar for themselves and their families. I definitely don't do as many as I would like to but they are so much fun to create.
The way you film children is incredible. How do you interact with them in order to make them feel comfortable enough to show you their personalities?
I'm not going to lie, working with kids is sometimes difficult but it's getting down to their level and asking them questions that make them think a little or laugh a little. I ask the parents questions about them and use that to interact with the kids. Getting to know the family is one of the biggest steps you can take for an easier shoot. And kids don't last very long with video (or photos) so be prepared for crying, tears and fits. But hey, I am there to document the story so you may end up seeing a little of that in the films :)
What is your best advice for new cinematographers just starting out?
Find your own voice and stick with it. It's totally okay to have mentors and people you look up to; find that inspiration from wherever you need to but remember to be you. People want to see the real you and it definitely will show in your work. Stay true to you.
Hello! I am Kale Fitch, owner of Kale Fitch Films. Strong connections and story are at the heart of what I love about my profession. My passion for film and storytelling started early with a few video classes in high school, they were about the only ones I wouldn’t skip out on. I liked the challenge of making someone feel something for the films I would create. Bringing out the true emotion of what you are watching. I actually started out shooting extreme sports type events (rock crawling, mountain biking, etc.) and from there went on to weddings. My basis for everything I shoot is to find the story. I believe every wedding is different and there is a story to be told. My films are very much content driven and meaningful. Although I reside in Utah my client base reaches all of the country and beyond. My greatest joys are my wife and kids and living life to the fullest. Life is short and meant to be enjoyed.
From a very early age I loved taking pictures and looking at them in magazines and books, but the art of photography captured my heart when I was a teenager, on my first overseas trip to Wales. From that point, I began shooting with a little film SLR and having my friend model for me. In college I took some digital photography and visual communication courses as part of my communication studies major, and decided to pursue a career in photography. I became a legal business and took my first paid client at age 20, and it's been quite a journey and adventure over the past nine years.
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.