Trent Watts

Director | Cinematographer

Brooklyn, NY | Washington, DC

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I choose gear that improves workflow, giving crew and talent more time on set to explore creative possibilities This means it’s compact, portable, wireless, versatile, battery-powered, quick to load-in, quick to load-out, and intuitive to operate.  This gear has been curated over years of practical experience, problem-solving for the numerous inefficiencies, small and large, that I’ve encountered on over 700 different productions.  For a detailed list of gear, download the PDF at the bottom of this website


  • Arri ALEXA Mini
    • 4:3 License
    • ARRIRAW License
  • RED Scarlet-W
    • Teradek Module
    • 5K Super35 Dragon Sensor
    • 16.5 stops dynamic range
    • ProRes & Raw Recording
  • Sony FS7
    • 4K Super35 Sensor

Camera Motion & Support

  • Freefly Movi Pro
  • ReadyRig
  • EasyRig Minimax
  • Manfrotto 24” Cinema Slider
  • Sachtler Video 15 fluid head
  • Sachtler FSB-8 fluid head
  • Sachtler Flowtech 100 legs
  • Sachtler Speedlock 75 CF legs


  • 17” Flanders Scientific CM171
  • Wireless 7″ Cine 7 RX
  • Wireless 7″ Cine 7 TX with Arri controls
  • Wireless 7″ Focus 7

1/2 Ton Lighting & Grip Package

  • (1) K5600 Joker 1600 HMI
  • (2) Litepanels Astra 6x Bi-Color
  • (1) Falcon Eyes 24TDX
  • (2) Luxli Cello Lights
  • (3) 250w Tungsten Fresnels
  • (1) 650w Tungsten Fresnel
  • See PDF below for Grip details

Cinema Lenses

  • Zeiss CP.2 15mm 2.9
  • Zeiss CP.2 25mm 2.1
  • Zeiss CP.2 35mm 2.1
  • Zeiss CP.2 50mm 2.1
  • Zeiss CP.2 85mm 2.1

Lens Accessories

  • Nucleus-M Follow Focus
  • Abracam ClipOne Mattebox
  • 4”x5.65” Filters
  • 77mm Filters


  • 155wh V-mounts (5)
  • L-series 10,500mah (4)
  • L-series 5,800mah (4)


  • Ford Escape SUV
  • RocknRoller carts


  • (6) Motorola CP200 2-way Radios
  • (6) Motorola Headsets


  • Sennheiser MKH-50 boom mic
  • Sanken COS-11 lav mic
  • Sennheiser G3 wireless system
  • Sound Devices MM-1 Pre-amp
  • Sound Devices MixPre3
About / contact


Trent Watts and his crews have filmed over 700 projects, ranging from national commercial campaigns to documentaries, branded content, music videos, and narratives.  He has built a reputation as a Cinematographer who thinks like a Writer/Producer, leveraging the wisdom of his teams and advising on schedules and budgets, while protecting and strengthening the core messages and themes in his productions.  He works regularly with film crews between 10-25 people, but is just as comfortable going back to his documentary roots with a couple assistants.  On set, he believes in fostering a positive collaborative atmosphere where talent and crew feel respected and empowered to work at their best.


  1. Listen to clients to understand their creative vision, prioritizing the themes and messages to communicate.
  2.  Identify the unique challenges – including technical, logistical, budgetary, and organizational/social.
  3. Create plans to overcome those unique challenges, while protecting and strengthening the creative.
  4. Execute the plans while leaving ourselves open to creative accidents and new opportunities.


Trent strives for diversity on film crews and works to bring up talent from all backgrounds.  No matter your race, gender, or LGBTQ+ status, if you’re interested in working with him, say hello!