Claire Bruce was born and raised in Clarkston and Novi Michigan where her love of the arts and film were fostered at home and throughout school. In the fall of 2011, Claire moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College where she developed and refined her techniques as a cinematographer. While attending Columbia, Claire shot numerous short films as well as working for fellow students and freelancing as an Operator and Assistant Camera. As a sophomore, a film Claire shot was a Nominee for the 41st Annual Student Academy Awards, and won the Regional Award. In May of 2015, Claire graduated from Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video Cinematography. Upon graduating she was chosen by Columbia as the 2016 Nominee from the school to the American Society of Cinematographers Vilmos Zsigmond Student Heritage Award.
Since Graduating, Claire has shot several short films, commercials, and has traveled the country with the United States Women's National Soccer Team shooting the team's video content following their World Cup championship and whilst on the Road to Rio. Claire and fellow Columbia Cinematography Alumnus Colin Prall, founded their Photography company, "Ground Glass Images" in the spring of 2016 where Claire shoots a variety of Photo projects ranging from Advertisements to Sporting Events and more.
Claire's visuals are driven by the spirit of the world around her. She strongly believes in the idea that through exploration, travel, and pushing the limits of the mind and body that she is able to gain a more cultured viewpoint of the world around her. Allowing for an increased depth and character to the stories that she tells. She believes that the images on screen must be true to the narrative and the best way to accomplish that, is by simply living; becoming the observer, A viewer in the bigger picture in order to better understand the snapshots.
Trauma is a Time Machine
Film by Angelica Zollo Cinematographer Directorial Debut for Angelica Zollo Produced by Barbara Broccoli
Film (Horror and Thriller) Camera Operator 2nd Unit/Cinematographer A desperate doctor locks down South Union Cardiac Hospital to keep the greatest discovery in human history to himself, while a young intern races to save a dying young dancer, his ex-girlfriend, and his best friend, and stop his mentor. Cinematographer for original funding trailer, 2nd Unit operator full feature
HIDDEN IN STARS
Film (short) by Phil Giancola Cinematographer BASED ON THE POEM "THE NIGHT" BY LEAH BRUCE
Commercial by Nature Inc./ Phil Giancola Cinemaographer NATURE SMART IS AN AC PLUG AND APPLICATION THAT ALLOWS YOU TO CONTROL YOUR WINDOW AIR CONDITIONING UNIT REMOTELY FROM YOUR SMART DEVICE.
Bride of Frankie
Film (short) by Deviant Pictures/ Devi Snively Cinematographer CIRCA 1937, WHEN A NOT-SO-MAD SCIENTIST CREATES A FEMALE MATE FOR HER MENTORS LONELY CREATION, DEADLY RESULTS REVEAL THAT LOVE IS NOT AN EXACT SCIENCE.
How to Catch a Criminal
Film (Comedy and Short) Cinematographer A satirical 1950's instructional motion picture on how to catch a criminal.
Film (short) by PHIL GIANCOLA Cinematographer AN ALL-VISUAL FILM THAT TAKES PLACE ABOARD A WWII SUBMARINE LOST INDEFINITELY AT SEA FOLLOWING ONE YOUNG OFFICER'S STORY.
Film (short) by Madison Swart Co-Cinematographer
THE EIGHTH HOUR
Film (short) by Alex Abrahamson Cinematographer FOLLOWING ALBERT AND LUCY PARSONS ON THEIR FIGHT FOR THE EIGHT HOUR WORKDAY.
Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer The story of the civilized Negro.
Film (short) by Sheila Wilson Cinematographer AN AUTISTIC BOY AND HIS MOTHER ATTEMPT TO PIECE TOGETHER THEIR RELATIONSHIP AFTER THE BOY WITNESSES THE VIOLENT MURDER OF A FAMILY MEMBER.
Columbia College Chicago Nominee to ASC Vilmos Zsigmond Student Heritage Award
Student Academy Awards Finalist, Regional Winner ("Jaspa' Jenkins)
Chicago International Film Festival Official Selection ("Jaspa' Jenkins)
Bronze Lens Film Festival Official Selection ("Jaspa' Jenkins)
Columbia College Chicago