Director of Photography Brandon Trost
With a thriving career in film, Brandon Trost has become a cinematographer to remember with contributions to popular feature films, award-winning films, documentaries, short films and commercials. An alumnus of The LA Film School, Trost has gone on to become a successful cinematographer who has participated in the production of several well-received feature films. He has collaborated with the actor, comedian and filmmaker Seth Rogen on several feature films, including The Interview, Neighbors and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, The Night Before, and This Is the End (director of photography). Trost was also the director of photography for the film, That Awkward Moment, released in 2014.
In earlier years, Trost made a name for himself with his cinematography work in Crank: High Voltage in 2009 and the 2010 film MacGruber. Trost was also the director of photography for the 2011 film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Halloween II in 2009. During his time as a cinematographer, Trost has worked with several well-known actors and performers on feature films in addition to Seth Rogen, including Rob Zombie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Franco, Zac Efron and others. Trost was also the cinematographer for the 2016 film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, starring the Lonely Island trio Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.
Cinematography Awards and Nominations
• 2015 Sundance Film Festival: Won the Dramatic Special Jury Award for Excellence in Cinematography for the film The Diary of a Teenage Girl
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• 2013 Fright Meter Awards: Nominated for Best Cinematography for his work on the 2012 film The Lords of Salem
• 2011 SXSW Film Festival: Nominated for the Audience Award for Midnight Feature with the film The FP
• 2007 Newport Beach Film Festival: Won the Jury Award for Best Feature Cinematographer for his work on He Was a Quiet Man
Branching Out with Cinematography
On his website, Trost includes snippets of his cinematography work, including trailers for feature films, music videos, and commercials for companies like Nike, Comcast and AtAT&T.
While Brandon Trost is best known for his cinematographer work, he has also tried his hand at directing, producing, and screenwriting for a handful of productions throughout his career, including “The FP” and several short films.
Throughout his successes as a cinematographer and director of photography, Trost has continued to follow the learning curve that makes cinematography both a challenging and rewarding field. In an interview for Craft Truck’s “Through the Lens” interview series, Trost said, “I went to school to be a [director of photography], and I practiced being a [director of photography] until I think I started to get a handle on it.” He continues, “While I was getting a handle on it, it wasn’t always the best, but I think that’s true for anyone who’s trying to… figure it out.”
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