A look back at nearly 15 years in the industry

November 2018 will mark 15 years since the date I started in the industry. It really does not seem like it's been that long really. I got my first start at a hotel as a freelance audio visual technician back in 2003. It was their that I was in the back of 18 wheeler trucks loading gear and doing some unsafe stuff I am sure, but I was young and only 19 at the time. 

I was hungry to learn and had a drive that was like fire. A lot of people do not know this but I was a working industry professional while still going to film school. My first feature film did not come until the fall of 2004 as a film loader shooting on an Arri 35BL 2/3 loading 400 foot mags in a dark room and tent. Being a film loader took practice and practice to learn your six sense as it were. 

 2005-2007 I saw a lot of commercial and feature film work as a 2nd assistant camera and film loader working on Reebok, NASA and Papa Johns spots. In addition to big budget features (Horror Film and an Action Movie). In between these productions included many live productions in the corporate world as a camera grip and a video play back engineer. 

Roll over to 2008 where the industry took a big shift in camera technology, it was the year I also decided to pursue my dream as a cinematographer but most of all a camera operator.  I have had the honor to work with DP Stephen Campbell (monster, walking dead), and my mentor Anthony Realmuto. I was like a sponge while being their camera assistant and learning the way they do things. The one thing I have learned is that the dp is only as good as his or her's crew, particularity the grip department. 

2009-2016 was a crazy busy time for me both professionally and personally on many levels. I had the honor to collaborate with David Elkins. SOC on the 6th edition of the camera assistant's manual. I have worked with a great team in creativeinlet films on two great films which have won many awards including best cinematography. But the biggest award for me was the birth of my son, that is the best award and gift of all for me. He pushes me everyday to be a better person and dad. 

2018 marks a new year for everyone, 2017 brought me to Valencia College as an adjunct professor in their digital media program and to a local rental house as a camera technician. Everyday I am trying to push myself not only on my skills but also as a person. I look up to many of the cinematographers that I have worked with over the years and the ones who are at the top of their game like roger deakins.

We all try to light and frame like our favorite dp's, but I think if I had to compare my style with someone else, that will have to be Shane Hurlbut.  I am an operator before a lighter as I would like to say. The advice I would give to anyone is to practice as it does make perfect after doing it over and over. Continue to hon in on your skills and techniques in whatever part of the industry that you want to work in.  

Thank you all so much for checking out my website and reading my blog. I want to thank all of the people and clients whom I had the chance of working with over the years and still continue to work with. To see my resume Click Here and for now Happy Shooting. 

Corey Steib

I am an award winning cinematographer and photography based in Orlando, FL. I have worked on over 200 feature films, tv shows and live events.

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