Elle Schneider

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Elle Schneider
Born (1985-11-11) November 11, 1985 (age 32)
Alma mater USC School of Cinematic Arts
Occupation Filmmaker, cinematographer

Elle Schneider (born November 11, 1985) is an American filmmaker and camera developer, best known as co-producer and director of photography on the 2014 documentary That Guy Dick Miller, and for her work creating the Digital Bolex cinema camera.

Brief Biography

Schneider, originally from New York City, is a 2008 graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. She was a screenwriting major with a minor in the USC Interactive Media & Games Division. After graduation she worked as a game producer and user interface designer for online math and science games.[1]

Digital Bolex

Schneider was originally hired to direct promotional material for the Digital Bolex cinema camera in summer of 2011.[2] During development of the camera, she became involved in the user interface design and physical attributes of the camera, including the digital crank.[3] After the launch of the camera at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, she became the creative director (CCO) and co-owner of the company.[4] Since 2012, Schneider has been invited to speak at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's #HackingArts Conference,[5] VidCon, CCW Expo at the Javits Center, and other technology conferences. She was cited by Indiewire on their lists of 40 Female Filmmakers[6] and 100 Filmmakers[7] to Follow on Twitter.

Career

Schneider has worked as a writer, director, and first and second unit cinematographer, mostly on short films and documentaries.[8] She was one of several cinematographers on Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary feature I Am Divine, which premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and played at more than a dozen international film festivals.[9] She was co-producer and director of photographer of 2014 film That Guy Dick Miller which also premiered at SXSW, and was programmed at RiverRun International Film Festival, Filmfest München, Mile High Horror Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival, and MOTELx. Schneider also shot segments of Troma features Return to Nuke 'Em High Vol.1 and the upcoming Vol.2.

Short films Schneider has directed have played at festivals including the HollyShorts Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, the San Antonio Film Festival, and the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival. She has also directed commercials for Digital Bolex, and the music video for "Keep Talking" by Brooklyn band Gangstagrass, Emmy-nominated for the theme song to FX series Justified. The video features Joelle Carter, a lead actress on Justified, and was shot on the set of the show.[10]

Schneider co-wrote the story for the first season of massively popular web series Video Game High School.[8] VGHS, produced by Freddie Wong's RocketJump Studios, has earned more than 10 million views per episode.[11]

Activism

Schneider has been a vocal proponent for women behind the camera. In 2012, Schneider identified a lack of opportunities for women cinematographers and directors in her press interviews about Digital Bolex[12][13] and began work on a grant aimed at women which was announced in March 2014.[14] She further discussed discrimination of women cinematographers in the June 2014 issue of Movie Maker Magazine.[15]

Photography

Schneider has been exhibited a number of times as a photographer, including shows in Los Angeles[16] and Milan during Vogue Italia's 2011 Fashion's Night Out.[17] Schneider was the second unit cinematographer and promotional photographer for Geek & Sundry web series Caper, which premiered on Hulu in 2014. Her cast photos appeared in the LA Times,[18] io9,[19] and other major online news publications.

References

  1. ^ Lancaster, Kurt (2014). Cinematic storytelling with 16mm RAW. A guide to the next generation of digital cinema cameras. Andover: Routledge Ltd. pp. 8–9. ISBN 978-0415810500. 
  2. ^ Murie, Michael. "Interview with Digital Bolex Creative Director Elle Schneider". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Ankenay, Jay. "Icon, Inspiration, Innovation: Digital Bolex D16 Camera Becomes A Reality". http://www.c2meworld.com/creation/icon-inspiration-innovation-digital-bolexs-d16-camera-becomes-a-reality/. Digital Video Magazine. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ "Digital Bolex: About Us". digitalbolex.com. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Digital Bolex @ Hacking Arts". YouTube. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Bernstein, Paula. "40 Female Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter: A Crowdsourced List". Indiewire. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Bernstein, Paula. "100 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter". Indiewire. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "IMDb profile of Elle Schneider". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Release Dates of I AM DIVINE". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Keep Talking - Official Music Video". YouTube. Retrieved 20 September 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  11. ^ Wong, Freddie. "Video Game High School - Episode 1". YouTube. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Nelson, Noah J. "Digital Bolex: Back to the Future of Film". Turnstyle News. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Basso, Chiara. "Grandi Film, Pochi Soldi". Il Secolo. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  14. ^ Luzi, Evan. "Digital Bolex encouraging women cinematographers through grant program". The Black and Blue. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Honeycutt, Heidi (June 24, 2014). "The Myth of the Two Percent". Movie Maker Magazine: 56–57, 77. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Elle Schneider". The Happening Gallery. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "100 Photographers Selected for Palazzo Morando". vogue.it. 
  18. ^ Clark, Noelene. "Caper' trailer: Web series sends rogue superheroes on a heist". Hero Comples: The Los Angeles Times. LA Times. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  19. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane. "Eureka's Amy Berg introduces Caper, a show about superheroes gone rogue". io9.com. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 

External links

  • Elle Schneider on IMDb
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