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”, recently qualified for the 2024 Oscars; his documentary work has been shown on Netflix, Showtime, HBO, and Nat Geo; and he has shot commercials and branded content for dozens of companies in the Fortune 500.

What makes Trent unique as a DP is his understanding of story.  In his adolescence, he wrote several short stories and screenplays, and absorbed himself in books on the craft from authors like Joseph Campbell, Robert McKee, and even Seth Godin.  He gravitated towards cinematography in college when his classmates kept asking him to shoot their projects, and he enjoyed the immediacy of collaborating with others on sets much more than writing solo.

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

Ask him about his favorite movies list, which he started in high school, and which has grown to over 300 movies, ranked in 5 categories…Yea, it’s gotten way out of hand…😁