Key lesson: [Cale Finot] “I was working at Panavision Hollywood when Matthew Li- batique, ASC came in to shoot some tests, and I asked him for any advice he would give an aspiring filmmaker. His response was, ‘Shoot. Shoot every chance you can. You’ll learn more from your successes and mis- takes than anyone will ever be able to teach you.’

“I also credit ASC members Mauro Fiore and James Bagdonas for giv- ing me the opportunities to assist for them, and also to watch how well they maneuvered through the politics of being a DP — which is some- thing people don’t talk about nearly as much as they should, since it’s a big part of succeeding in this business.”

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