Trent Watts


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Trent Watts has lensed over 900 projects as a Cinematographer, including commercials, documentaries, music videos, and narratives.  His narrative short, “Ro & the Stardust” qualified for the 2024 Oscars; his documentary work has been shown on Netflix, Showtime, HBO, and Nat Geo; and his commercials have consistently annoyed him when he’s trying to watch other videos on Youtube.

What makes Trent unique as a DP is his desire to always serve the story first and foremost.  He’d much rather find the shot that strengthens the story than obsess over a less important “pretty” shot.  He began writing creatively in his free time at a very early age, and studied the craft of storytelling from authors like Joseph Campbell, Robert McKee, and later, Seth Godin.  He gravitated towards cinematography in college when classmates kept asking him to shoot their projects.  He found he had a natural eye, thrived in high-pressure environments, and enjoyed telling stories in collaboration with others.

On shoots, he enjoys fostering a collaborative and positive atmosphere, where people feel valued for their contributions and empowered to do their best work.

He’d probably love to work with you since you read this whole thing.