Today we’d like to introduce you to Bianca Halpern.
Bianca, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My first crush for Film Production was during Undergrad, when I was living in my hometown São Paulo, Brazil. I got my first job during the 1st Year of school and had to produce a News Show. This was my first contact with cameras, editing and producing.
When I graduated from College, I moved to LA to study Filmmaking as I realized that’s what I wanted to work with. After obtaining an MFA in Fine Arts with a Cinematography emphasis from Chapman University, I worked as a Cinematographer in LA a for a couple of years, but the 2009 crisis took me back to my hometown. It was not all bad, as I worked there as a cinematographer for nine years after following the time in L.A.
In 2014 I got married, and next year I got pregnant, the thought of giving a better life to my Kid, a little push from my husband who is a Cali Lover and the chance to be close to the Industry again, brought me back to L.A. in 2017. This time, with my Husband Michel and son Martin.
I had an opportunity to open a business, and decided to invest in opening a Camera Rental House that would cater to everyone, but specially parents and women. A lot of times Cinematographers that are women have less access to high-end Lenses so I decided to come into the Rental House Market to offer that.
We also offer childcare during camera preps. Filmmakers shouldn’t have to choose between having a Family or a Career, and my goal is to help the Industry see this.
As a cinematographer, I intend to keep collaborating with my Directors.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I wouldn’t say Smooth, but it felt like it because I have learned so much and met so many great people during this process.
As for a struggle, I feel like I am in the middle of the biggest struggle to be a New Small Business Owner during a Pandemic.
BECiNE was growing on a daily basis and we suddenly hit a stop, and now to return, there are new Rules and Guidelines but most difficult, the uncertainty of Future Jobs.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with BECiNE – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
BECiNE is a Rental house for the Film and TV Industry. We offer cameras, lenses, and accessories, but we specialize in lenses.
We offer childcare during the preps and we do educational events and gatherings to promote socializing and learning within the Film Community. Living in L.A. is amazing but it can be lonely, so my goal is that the BECiNE community keeps growing and helping each other climb up the ladder.
We are the only rental house in L.A. that offers childcare during preps.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My plans are to keep growing BECiNE to become a trusted Rental House and be a change in the Industry by providing childcare in our Facilities and bringing up Women who are Cinematographers.
We are starting some initiatives working with minorities and hope to shape the future of the film Industry with less racism.
- Website: www.becine.com
- Instagram: @_becine_