Today we’d like to introduce you to William Greenberg.
William, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always had a passion for film. I can remember when I was young, I’d follow my mom around the house begging her to look into her little cam corder but she would always refuse. I was instantly captivated by it. It followed me through my entire childhood, growing up in the suburbs of Denver, CO. I used to make short stop-motion films using my old Gameboy with the extra camera that you could buy for it. They were little action films that I would make in my room. I was constantly watching movies and TV shows, so much so that when I was in middle school, I used to think that my favorite characters were my real-life friends. I didn’t realize that filmmaking was a viable path for me until right before I graduated high school. I was slated to finish my associate’s degree in applied technology and go into the computer service industry when I met someone who would help me realize that I wanted to create art for a living.
It was with him that I really found my calling as a Cinematographer. He was a student at The Colorado Film School and frequently collaborated with me to shoot his short projects (and even act in a few of them). All those long nights shooting and editing our short films helped me understand how lighting and composition can help to tell a part of the story that can’t otherwise be told. That passion followed me through my almost decade-long career as a Submarine sailor in the US Navy. Countless people had asked me what my plans after the navy was, and each time I told them the same thing. Filmmaking is my passion and it’s what I’m going to do, no matter the cost. I got a lot of eye rolls and scoffs, but I still kept honing my craft. There are a few short films created on my submarine at certain (classified) depths out there that I am particularly proud of. All of that has lead me to where I’m at now. With just about a year left in my Bachelors Degree program, I have started to really find my cinematic voice and where I want to fit into this industry.
Has it been a smooth road?
Very rarely have I found an easy road lead to something that is worthwhile. The road that I have taken to get to where I’m at has been rocky, sure, but also filled with support and love from those around me. I got out of the Navy in 2018 and moved my life from rural Connecticut to heart of LA. The transition itself has been tough, going from being on active duty, sometimes working 80-120 hours a week, to being a full-time college student has probably been the hardest transition of my life. But, without the support of my wife, Special Effects Make up artist Cynthia Orozco Greenberg, I don’t think that I would be where I’m at today.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a freelance Cinematographer, Camera Operator, Drone Operator, Editor, Colorist, Writer, and Director. My main areas of focus are Cinematography and Editing and I’m known more for intimate shallow depth of field, high key style lighting.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
The person who really opened my eyes to filmmaking was my first roommate, Coulter Rail. He was the one who showed me that my love of movies could translate to something that I could use as a creative outlet. He was the one that allowed me to stretch my legs, so to speak, and really shaped my early development as a cinematographer. I joined the Navy and he joined the Coast Guard in 2009 and we have been in contact since then. He has opened up his own small animation studio and we plan on completing our passion project together when he transitions out of the Coast Guard. There have been countless other people who I work with that inspire me greatly. I’m a very visual person I’ve found that I work best when I’m with people that I admire and trust, people like Jared Deiro, Akira Tashi, Nathan Walker, Brandon Cabral, Matt Booncompar, and Yoni Coen, to just name a few. All of my peers are a huge inspiration to me. I love seeing people that I love working with succeed and I hope to continue seeing them all thrive in the future.
- Director of Photography w/out gear rental – $600/12
- Director of Photography w/gear rental – $1000/12
- Gaffer – $500/12
- Grip and Electric – $450/12
- Address: 5355 S San Vicente Blvd Los Angeles, CA. 90019
- Phone: 7205323327
- Email: WillgreenbergDP@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/willgbergdp/
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William Greenberg, Fido Wu, Yoni Coen