The Cinematography Podcast Episode 260: Kyle Roberts

Kyle Roberts is a DP working in Birmingham, Alabama. One of the important aspects of working in a smaller market is to be skilled enough to function in multiple roles depending on what each project demands. “I’m a big problem solver,” says Kyle. “I feel like my career has taken off mainly because I’m the guy that can not just do multiple jobs, but it’s using my creative mind, doing the problem solving, that’s taken me far. That’s what still brings me to the job every day.”

After working in LA at Radiant Images, Kyle relocated back home to Birmingham to work for a local ad agency. He began shooting corporate video and regional commercials. Though he loves shooting narratives, commercials in this market are what pays the bills. Fortunately, production in the area has grown enough to support more work. Alabama is a pretty good central location for Kyle to work in Atlanta, Nashville and New Orleans, so he’s able to work as a local in any of those markets. He also finds and trains those who are eager to learn, so there’s more experienced crew available and work can be shared. With his partners, Kyle opened Next Level Productions, a rental house, and Moonmen DJS, a production studio with an LED video wall.

Find Kyle Roberts: Instagram @nextlevelfilm

Close Focus: Some of the cool new products at NAB 2024, including the Blackmagic PYXIS 6K camera (Available for pre-order at Hot Rod Cameras.) Illya also saw new versions of Chinese manufactured lenses, like the DJI Focus Pro LiDAR Combo system. (Available for Pre-Order at Hot Rod Cameras.) He was also impressed by the Core SWX Powerbase Edge Snap 49wh SMART Stacking battery pack (Available for Pre-Order at Hot Rod Cameras.)

Ben’s short end: The production company Participant Media is shutting down.

Illya’s short end: The Fallout series on Amazon Prime is a great adaptation of the videogame, full of violence, radioactive mutants, and interesting characters. It’s already been greenlit for a second season.

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