Lydia Marie Hicks
Camera Kits On Hand: Sony FS700, Canon 60D,
GoPro Hero 3 and 4, Nikon 300s (with underwater housing)
Any day that I am working with a camera is a dream come true. No matter the content, genre, or budget I become wrapped up in the experience of capturing a subject through a machine that inevitably becomes an extension of my body.
I have earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Film and Video (California Institute of the Arts, 2015) and have extensive knowledge of the different types of cameras and equipment used in film making. The focus of my graduate program was on experimental filmmaking, which teaches industry standards while opening up every aspect of production up for interrogation. The result is a cutting edge, in-depth understanding of every aspect of the film-making process and the ability to push boundaries when needed. My thesis project, for example, was a feature length documentary that explores repressed histories of science. My mentor, Thom Andersen reviewed my thesis as being “The most ambitious and successful thesis film in the history of CalArts.” Over the course of this project I was the researcher, producer, cinematographer, and editor.
With over 8 years of experience managing multi-camera rigs used in a variety of productions I know how to operate different types of cameras seamlessly from DSLRs to TV studio rigs. I have knowledge of and experience working in every aspect of production. Experience in various positions not only makes me more versatile but also informs my practice as a filmmaker. I have experience specifically with the following cameras and am able to familiarize myself with different cameras easily: Sony FS700/ FS100, Sony EX1, Sony television camera with pedestal, GoPro series, Red Scarlet, Arri 16mm, Bolex 16mm, Canon C300, Canon DSLR, Nikon DSLR.
As a professional editor I started in television; First with KVCR doing short news clips, then South Africa where I worked on 50|50, a nationally syndicated nature show, freelance corporate and educational videos, as well as a contract in Qatar where I worked on their nature programing, commercials, and reality tv series. I am comfortable working alone, and with teams that contain various experience levels. I also have experience with many different editing platforms; final cut 7 & 10, Avid media player, Premier, and After Effects.
Before going into film I worked as a residence life coordinator at Humboldt State University. I feel that this position in particular prepared me to manage both, large scale projects (such as the campus dialogue on race conference), as well as small scale (through individual staff development).
My passion for wildlife cinematography has given me extreme patience, the ability to move quickly yet quietly, and incredible endurance with heavy gear. The spontaneity of nature translates beautifully into any environment. I look forward to discussing your particular production goals and surpassing your expectations.