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Backlit:  Shining a light on those who work behind the camera

BACKLIT is a collaborative effort between WIFVNE and High Output Academy with a mission to shine a light on those working behind the camera.

The BACKLIT videos aim to demystify the industry as a whole and the Lighting and Grip & Electric departments specifically. The goal is to empower and inspire those who are interested in being involved in the industry and to showcase experience and insight from established professionals. This is accomplished in two ways:  by providing a low-stress/high engagement on-set "learning lab "experience, and by producing videos for distribution through High Output and WIFVNE channels.

WIFVNE Member Amanda McGrady got her start as a filmmaker shooting horror flicks on MiniDV. She began working in the industry while attending Emerson College where she earned a B.A. in Visual Media Arts. Her fascination with cameras grew when she took a job in a busy rental house. Even though she came up as a digital shooter, she still loves shooting on film when possible and is inspired by practical FX and good old-fashioned movie magic. Over the years Amanda has shot a variety of projects including feature and short films that have screened at festivals around the world.

Cinematographer Amanda McGrady discusses her technical and artistic perspective on the film industry.

Cinematographer Amanda McGrady talks about the importance of networking in the film industry.

Cinematographer Amanda McGrady demonstrates some of her go to lights for filmmaking.

WIFVNE Member Jaina Cipriano is a Boston based artist communicating with the world through photography, film and installation. Her works explore the emotional toll of religious and romantic entrapment. She is is also the founder of Finding Bright, a design studio specializing in set building for music videos as well as hosting events that bring the Boston art scene together. Jaina creates her photographs in built sets, forgoing digital manipulation because she believes creating something truly immersive starts with the smallest details. A self taught carpenter, Jaina loves a challenge and her larger than life sets draw inspiration from the picture books and cartoons of her childhood. Jaina studied at The New England School of Photography and has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions around New England.

Jaina Cipriano discusses the technical and artistic process of her work.

Jaina Cipriano discusses some of her go to lights and modifiers for filmmaking and photography.

Jaina Cipriano discusses the importance of networking in the art world.

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