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Meet Dominic Arcelin of dpacinematograpy in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dominic Arcelin.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dominic. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always had to keep my hands busy. When I was a kid, that meant I was always creating, tinkering, or in some cases breaking something to figure out how it worked. I’m lucky to have a mom that was not only very forgiving about stuff like that but encouraging. As I got older, that passion for keeping my hands busy has led me down more hobby rabbit holes than I can count. Painting, building, restoring, cooking, and most definitely still breaking things all the time. I’m not sure if I have an innate fear of stagnation, but I have a powerful urge to move forward. Moving forward into trying new things is what led me to my biggest passion, creating imagery. Whether moving or still, I feel compelled to capture what I see around me. Cinematography and photography give me the opportunity to build and capture moments that I can share with others. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.

Has it been a smooth road?
I wouldn’t say the road I’ve been traveling on is particularly bumpy, but it is definitely full of twists and turns. That’s what makes it a road worth traveling on though right? I’ve uprooted and started over in school, and life more times than I can really remember. I’ve had more ideas and business ventures fail than succeed, more projects left unfinished than finished. But at the end of the day, that’s what got me to where I am. That’s the stuff that’s going to keep me moving forward. I like to think that I’ve packed a lot of life into the life I’m living, and that has to count for something.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a Cinematographer and photographer. I would say I specialize in storytelling because that’s the ultimate goal. I would also say I’ve sort of specialized in shooting film, I think it has something to do with wanting to feel something in my hands that’s unique and finite, rather than just an SD card. I’m most proud of the storytelling itself. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with so many talented people and help them turn something they see in their head into something we can all share. For me, it isn’t about the equipment, what light or what camera we can use, it’s about literally making dreams reality. What is more rewarding than that? I also feel fortunate that that has been my approach since the first time I ever picked up a camera or collaborated with someone else on a project. Fostering that environment is, unfortunately, unique.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Where do I start? Books and movies have been made about how wonderful our city is. The culture, the music, the food, the weather, the architecture, the beauty, the surf, did I mention the food? I’m not from here, and before I moved here everyone I met thought I was crazy for wanting to move here. Maybe I am crazy, maybe that’s why I love it here so much. As for what I like least, it’s probably too obvious, but the traffic.

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