G.S. Ford

G.S. Ford

DP Cinematographer
Camera Operator, Cinematographer, Director, Director of Photography and Filmmaker

Los Angeles, California

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October 2015
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About G.S.

Being DP / DoP / Cinematographer is my main focus. I have written and directed several shorts, but mainly work with filmmakers and directors to turn their vision into reality.

I have an Art and Design background, with over 30 years photographic experience. I first picked up a camera when I was 10 years old and have been photographing ever since. This photography experience has enhanced my cinematography skills with composition, exposure, framing and especially being meticulous over the details within a scene; a film is simply moving photographs.

I have a varied skill set, including a video production background. I have worked on large scale film sets, as well as on small indie film productions, web series and music videos.

I am proficient on all RED cameras, Epic Mysterium-X 5k, Epic Dragon 6k, Epic-W, Weapon Helium 8k, etc and Sony cameras FS7, FS5, FS700 (F55, F65 occasional use). My go-to camera for 2017-2019 has been the RED Epic-W 8k, it has everything needed for a film or music video in a small package, with a straightforward workflow. I do love Arri, especially the Alexa Mini and Alexa Mini LF.

On set, I have functioned as a DP/ Cinematographer, Gaffer/ Lighting, and Audio Recordist and own and operate my own equipment. I often rent cameras and lenses to meet the goals and style of the film.

I have several scripts in various degrees of development, for features, short films and episodic series.

(I have edited short film & video projects, but it is not my favorite part of film production. Ideally, I would have a hand in color-grading the footage I filmed.)

I am located on the West Side of Los Angeles and travel to wherever the project takes me.

Unique traits: Friendly, Effective trouble-shooting, Great at "seeing" light (for lighting scenes & camera exposure),




  • Butterfly Story

    Butterfly Story (2022)
    Film (short) by GS Ford Director / DP/Cinematogrpher An unfolding story of a Monarch Butterfly.

  • Venice

    Venice (2020 - 2022)
    Documentary by GS Ford / M Saif Co-DIrector / DP/Cinematographer (in production)

  • Life Is A Musical

    Life Is A Musical (2021)
    Music by Xandar Ivicic DP / Cinematographer

  • Adult Buddy Finders

    Adult Buddy Finders (2019 - 2020)
    Series by Mike Hammeke (Comedy) DP/ Cinematographer Indie Short TV Series: Part 1 and Part 2. Created by Kerstin Porter and Kristen Lucas.

  • Reel Good

    Reel Good (2018 - 2020)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Music) DP/ Camera Operator/ Gaffer indie feature (sharing DP responsibilities) DP/ Cinematographer Camera Operator Gaffer Electrician Audio Technician / Recordist (2 Days)

  • Unspoken

    Unspoken (2019)
    Film (short) by Spankie Valentine (Drama) Gaffer Winner Buffer Film Festival.

  • Revenge

    Revenge (2019)
    Film (short) by Spencer Sharp Gaffer A woman seeks revenge on a known kidnapper, the man who killed her daughter. When the police are ineffective, she takes matters into her own hands. After becoming a PI, with the sole intention of tracking down her daughter's killer, she finds him, at home, with evidence in the midst of crime in progress. She confronts him...

  • The Week end

    The Week end (2019)
    Music by Pyro/ Jarrell Johnson DP/ Cinematographer Music Video.

  • Water Dawg

    Water Dawg (2018 - 2019)
    Film by Cine Calibre Films / Chris Baiza (Drama) Director of Photography (in production). indie film. drama/ horror.

  • Trench Coat

    Trench Coat (2017 - 2019)
    Film (short) by GS Ford (Horror) Director of Photography, Director, Writer Found Footage Suspenseful Thriller. Filmed Oct 2017. Premieres soon in 2019.

  • Myra

    Myra (2016 - 2019)
    Film by Cine Calibre Films / Christopher Baiza (Drama) Director of Photography Indie Feature Film, Drama (production, 2016-2017). Completed. Official Selection of 5 film festivals 2019. Nominated for 5 awards, including Best Cinematography.

  • AstroNots

    AstroNots (2019)
    Film (short) by GS Ford DP/Director

  • Discord St

    Discord St (2019)
    Film (short) by GS Ford DP/Director

  • The New Job

    The New Job (2019)
    Film (short) by Jarrell Pyro Johnson DP

  • Divergent Species

    Divergent Species (2019)
    Film (short) by GS Ford DP/ Director a zombie short film used as a proof-of-concept to showcase a more in-depth feature film screenplay. 'Divergent Species' is a working title, but we have begun to accept it & like it.

  • Xmas

    Xmas (2018 - 2019)
    Film (short) by Chris Baiza (Drama) Director of Photography indie short film. drama. (post-production)

  • Hijacked

    Hijacked (2019)
    Film (short) by GS Ford (Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery and 2 More) Director, Writer, DP, Pre-Production.

  • Polaroid

    Polaroid (2019)
    Film (short) by Ce (Horror) Director/ DP (Director of Photography) Polaroid is a unique horror short that scare you mostly on tension building, not jump scares. Writing this really creeped me out and it still haunts me today..

  • Moving Back in All Directions

    Moving Back in All Directions (2018)
    Documentary cinematographer The Doors Documentary. 2018.

  • The Forgotten

    The Forgotten (2017 - 2018)
    Video by Marvelous Xe (Drama) Camera Operator/ Gaffer Indie Film. Short. Filmed Oct 2017. Premiering at festivals in 2019. Now on Youtube (Music Video).

  • The Glass

    The Glass (2018)
    Film (short) by Volcano Smoke/ Kenhalo Berret (Drama) Cinematographer/ Gaffer indie short film. completed. 2019 festivals.

  • I'm Not Ok

    I'm Not Ok (2018)
    Film (short) by Spankie Valentie DP/ Cinematographer Buffer Film Festival Award Winner. (DP credit for 1 Day )w RED): “the water scene”).

  • Chunky Zeta Season2

    Chunky Zeta Season2 (2018)
    Television (Comedy) Director of Photography, Director Like a Mean Girls Sorority; 6 episodes, 30min each. Directed several scenes for several episodes. DP/ Cinematographer for the entire season. Episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 completed. May 2018. Co-directed episodes 1, 2, 3, and 4, with Brad Laborman and Kristen Lucas.

  • Vampire Vlad

    Vampire Vlad (2017)
    Series by Kristen Lucas (Comedy) Director of Photography, Gaffer Completed. Comedy Web Series about Vlad, Dracula, in modern times. There are lots of jokes..

  • Doin' Too Much

    Doin' Too Much (2017)
    Video by ATLAX (Music) DP/ Cinematographer Music Video. Camera used: (3) RED Epic-W. Filmed Sept 2017.

  • Compact Booty

    Compact Booty (2017)
    Video by Spankie Valentine (Music) DP/ Cinematographer Music Video. Camera used: RED Epic-W & Canon C300ii. Filmed Spring 2017.

  • Serious

    Serious (2017)
    Film (short) by Stray Dog Films (Drama) DP/ Cinematographer Nominated at Cannes, 2022! Short film (in post production). Camera used: Canon C100, Canon 5Diii. Filmed July 2017.

  • Christmas Sweater Party

    Christmas Sweater Party (2017)
    Series by Kristen Lucas DP/ Cinematographer/ Gaffer Comedy Web Series

  • Click

    Click (2017)
    Music by Tom Goss (Romance) VR Camera Operator/ Gaffer Music Video for artist Tom Goss, VR 360 Camera Operator (1 day), Gaffer/Grip/Electrician(2days). We used the Samsung Galaxy Gear 360 camera, which, we found, is the easiest 360 camera to operate. (I've used the GoPro Odyssey before, but it's a lot more work to operate).

  • Singularity

    Singularity (2017)
    Documentary by Volcano Smoke Director of Photography First segment filmed. Currently on hold. Filmed Spring 2017.

  • Fist

    Fist (2017)
    Film (short) (Action) Director of Photography, Producer, Writer (currently on hold). Filmed trailer.

  • Chunky Zeta, episode 8

    Chunky Zeta, episode 8 (2017)
    Series by BradmanTV (Comedy) Director of Photography Web series. Now on Amazon Prime. Filmed Spring 2017. DP on select episodes only; episodes 7, 8 and 10.

  • The Sekrit

    The Sekrit (2017)
    Film (short) by Samera Talton DP / Cinematographer Short, Web Series. 2 episodes: 'Mom,' 'Trust Me So Much.'

  • Power

    Power (2017)
    Film (short) by Jaclyn Amore DP / Cinematographer, Camera Operator, Gaffer Fashion Film.

  • Dryft

    Dryft (2017)
    Film (short) (Crime) Director of Photography Pre-production. Indie short film. Crime drama. (working title: 'Dryft'). This project has been abandoned. I'm leaving it here because it's still on IMDb and cannot be deleted. Leaving this note here for explanatory purposes.

  • Frog vs Princess

    Frog vs Princess (2017)
    Series by Spankie Valentine (Comedy, Music and Short) Director of Photography Camera used: RED Epic-W 8k. Episode part 1 of 3 in a series. Filmed Spring 2017.

  • Devil Inside

    Devil Inside (2016)
    Video by Spankie Valentine Camera Operator/ Gaffer Music Video filmed in 2016, on several RED Epic Dragon 6k cinema cameras, with jibs, panther dolly, steadicam, on many sets and locations, over several months, and 16 shoot days. Video drops this month, Oct 2017.

  • Free

    Free (2016)
    Video by Spankie Valentine (Music) Camera Operator/ Gaffer Music Video. Camera used: RED Epic Dragon.

  • Future Baby

    Future Baby (2016)
    Film (short) by Dahlia&Dia (Drama) Director of Photography, Gaffer

  • Diet

    Diet (2016)
    Film (short) by Dahlia&Dia (Drama) Director of Photography

  • Pick A Card

    Pick A Card (2016)
    Film (short) by Dahlia&Dia (Drama, Fantasy and Thriller) Director of Photography

  • Netflix & Chill

    Netflix & Chill (2016)
    Film (short) by Chad Meisenheimer Director of Photography

  • The Test Results

    The Test Results (2016)
    Film (short) by Dahlia&Dia Director of Photography

  • Just A Reflection

    Just A Reflection (2016)
    Film (short) by Volcano Smoke (Drama and Short) Director of Photography indie dramatic short film. (on its way to festivals).

  • Joy To The World by RKVC

    Joy To The World by RKVC (2016)
    Video by G.S. Ford Director of Photography, Director Music Video, Christmas music, cover song of 'Joy To The World' by the band, RKVC. Camera used: RED Epic-W.

  • Roller Girl

    Roller Girl (2016)
    Film (short) by GS Ford Director / DP

  • 360 Haunted Hotel

    360 Haunted Hotel (2016)
    Film (short) by Spankie Valentine VR Camera Operator / Gaffer Watch this now! You never are really sure where the ghost is coming from! Use google goggles or google cardboard on your phone and set youtube to view in 360. 360 ("VR") camera & XYAB audio co-operator. Gaffer.

  • 3ripleB

    3ripleB (2016)
    Film Audio Recordist Sound Recordist (1 Day)

  • Why Not Weiss

    Why Not Weiss (2016)
    Film (short) by Chad Meisenheimer 2nd Unit DP / Cinematographer 2nd Unit Cinematographer. 1 Day, "Nursing Home" scene.

  • Gun Girl

    Gun Girl (2015)
    Film (short) by Wesley Clouden sound mixer/recordist

  • Surviving Keith

    Surviving Keith (2015)
    Film (short) by The Keith Collective DP/ Cinematographer/ Camera Operator (Beginning) 'Surviving Keith' was created & produced by varied group of talented individuals. (The beginning shots were mine). Camera used: RED Epic Dragon

  • Artist Series

    Artist Series (2015)
    Documentary by TV One (Documentary) Sound Recordist 2 episodes: 'Artist of Torrence' & 'Yoga in the Hood'

  • The Big Day

    The Big Day (2015)
    Film (short) by James Roddy Gaffer

  • Stallgirl

    Stallgirl (2015)
    Film (short) by Dahlia&Dia (Horror) Director of Photography

  • Reflections

    Reflections (2015)
    Film (short) by D&D/K. Bernet Director of Photography

  • Burp Girl

    Burp Girl (2015)
    Film (short) by Christina Jacquelyn Calph Assistant Camera Operator, Producer, (Still) Photographer

  • Are You here tonight?

    Are You here tonight? (2014)
    Music by Julia Price (Action and Music) Gaffer, Electrician, Assistant Camera, Rain Maker Music video filmed by Leo Kei Angelos.

  • Everyday

    Everyday (2014)
    Music by Dtv Director of Photography Music video.

  • Service Please!

    Service Please! (2014)
    Film (short) by James Roddy Gaffer


  • 'Serious' nomiated for best short at Cannes Film Festival.

  • 'Myra' winner Best Cinematography at Idlewild Film Festival.

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