Today we’d like to introduce you to Chuck France.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
From the Midwest, after a divorce, I decided to throw caution to the wind and move to Los Angeles, with urging from my industry friends, for more opportunities in the film business. I had worked in the film production in the Kansas City region working in various capacities on set. The KC region is home to primarily commercial work such as Wal-Mart, Blue Cross, etc. In the middle of that career, I decided to pick up a still camera. I left my job as the Chief Photographer at The University of Kansas in 2014 to come back to film.
Here’s my IMDB bio for you.
Chuck France is a United States Cinematographer and Camera Operator. Chuck grew up in the small town of Ozark, Missouri deep in heart of the Southwest Missouri Ozarks region. He attended and graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a degree in History with double minors in Psychology and Anthropology. He first starting in film production working in the production department, art department, G&E, and camera in the Denver and Kansas City areas. He then worked as a still photographer for a variety of new services, including The Associated Press, Getty Images and The Kansas City Star. With the downturn in the news sector, he served six years as the Chief Photographer for The University of Kansas in the Marketing Communications Department providing the university with stills, video and digital asset management. Deciding to go back to full-time freelance film production, he works as Cinematographer and Camera Operator on features, shorts, reality television, and music videos. He’s an Associate Member of The Society of Camera Operators (SOC). He lives in Los Angeles.
Please tell us about your art.
I’m a Cinematographer that loves to collaborate on set with Directors, Production Designers, and the Camera & Grip and Electric departments. Ever since I was a child, I was fascinated with camera movement, angles and also light and shadow. At a very young age, I would sneak into the living late at night, turn on the television, turn off the sound and watch films for hours on end. I capture shape light and shadow and capture a decisive moment on set and offset when I carry my still camera.
I want to people to inspired not so much by my art but to realize that no matter what you want to do in life you need to simply just go for it and don’t hold back. It took me many years to find the courage to pick up a camera and then even more years to jump in the film business in a full-time capacity. If it sets your soul on fire, you just need to leap. It’s never too late to jump.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Don’t lose your course. Do whatever you need to do to create and be successful. Just remember there’s far more than 8 hours in a day. If you want it bad enough, sacrifice things like Netflix, going out with friends, etc. Be driven, put in the work and work long hours to be successful. Eat, live, sleep and breathe your dreams and your art.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find my work on various social media outlets:
IMDB profile: Chuck France
- Website: www.chuckfrance.com
- Phone: 785-979-7096
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chuck.france
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/chuckfrance
- Other: https://vimeo.com/chuckfrance