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Shaina served as the Director of Photography for Superminority, a documentary series I directed in North Carolina in 2018. Shaina was a joy to work with and I can’t recommend her services enough. She has a true passion for shooting and is constantly looking to capture the story in the most beautiful and effective way possible. In addition to her commitment to her craft, her positive attitude was a huge contributor to the success of the project.
Superminority follows first-time, female candidates for the N.C. House of Representatives and required a dynamic and ever-changing shooting environment. During our three months together in North Carolina, seemingly nothing could dampen Shaina’s enthusiasm for and commitment to this project, not even our grueling shooting schedule, a hurricane, extremely hot and humid weather, or bedbugs. Some days involved 15+ hours of practically non-stop verite shooting, where Shaina performed tirelessly and flawlessly. On days where we could take the time to capture establishing shots and b-roll, Shaina was an endless source of creativity and shooting ideas. She was always game to try new things and more than willing to spend her little time off researching equipment or shooting techniques that could enhance the project. While Shaina takes direction extremely well, she also doesn’t hesitate to make shooting suggestions that she thinks would better serve the project, for which I am grateful.
Very quickly into the shoot, I felt that we had established a strong partnership and I knew I could count on her make our stories truly shine. I am so thankful that Shaina served as DP on this project, and I am always looking for more opportunities to work with her.