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Meet Sara Garth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Garth.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sara. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
It was in 2001 at the age of 13 that I realized I wanted to make movies. A Vilmos Zsigmond film called Life As A House sparked the realization. That was the first time I watched a movie and thought, “People do this for a living!” and my path was clear. In high school, I took my first film class and joined the school play (which very quickly taught me I did not want to act).

I got some real direction in my first year of undergrad at The University of Chicago when I first operated a camera and instantly understood that’s what I wanted to do. Holding a camera is such a magical experience you just get lost in it like time moves slower in an eyepiece. Lighting was my next ‘breakthrough discovery” and I began to realize that all of my memories are tied to lighting.

My earliest memories of my mother are in warm early morning light coming through her sheer bedroom curtains. The earliest memories of my father are grilling in the backyard as dusk faded to twilight. I graduated with a BA in Cinema and Media Studies in 2011.

From Chicago, I moved to New York City for a summer internship at a company that made social issue documentaries and finally off the Los Angeles to start living the dream. I’ve been in LA for eight years now. I got my start working for free on USC and AFI thesis films in the electric and camera departments and quickly decided to take the camera route. In these eight years, I’ve become and union 1st AC and shot two feature films, two full web series, numerous commercials, and over 30 short films.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has been smooth though slow going. I wish I had more opportunities to shoot projects with a budget! I dream of the days I can leave my Red Pro Primes in the closet and shoot on whichever glass fits the story at hand. One day!

Tell us more about your work.
I am my company! I’d say I mostly shoot dark comedy but I’ve shot everything from horror to romance to makeup commercials. My dream is to shoot period dramas since I’m a sucker for movies like Atonement and The English Patient but honestly, I want to shoot anything with a good story and a good team. My most valuable skill is communication with and support of my teams. I’m the person that will fight for my crew and the person who will do everything possible to make sure I make our day!

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My best quality is a good attitude. As time goes by I value fun and productive set more and more. I do the best that I can to make sure I’m not the person bringing anyone down but instead keeping positive even against the odds. The Wisconsin in me makes it easy- most days.


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Matthew Hindman, Herlangga Janottama, Boman Modine, Cory Reeder, Nick Cutway

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