Bret Allen

Bret Allen

Camera operator and director of photography in Sacramento, California

About Bret

24' Jimmy Jib Triangle owner. Serving Northern California, Northern Nevada (Sacramento, to Reno)

I was raised near Sacramento and pursued a career in film and Television and mastered the art of cinematography and all other aspects of production.

My thirty year plus, career has given me experience in almost every aspect of film, video and post production. I have had the honor and pleasure to have worked with and learn from some of the most talented people in the industry. My career spans feature films, episodic TV, national Commercial spots, "reality" TV to name a few.

Among my skills as a cinematographer, I am an accomplished STEADICAM, Crane, Jimmy Jib and Camera operator and editor. I posses photographic skills in macro/micro, aerial, and still photography.

I am a member of the exclusive SOCIETY OF CAMERA OPERATORS (S.O.C.) And the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) 600.


Name: Bret Allen

Lives in: Sacramento, California

Occupation: Camera Operator and Director of Photography

Credits

  • Breaking Legs

    Breaking Legs (2015)
    Film (Family and Musical) Camera and Electrical Department It's 'Footloose' meets 'Mean Girls' as high school freshman Bloom moves to a town where there's no place to dance - except the school dance team! But when the boyfriend of the team's lead girl falls for her, she'll have to fight to win her place amongst these venomous girls. Breaking Legs is sure one to kick your boots off and pull up your heels, as these kids dance the field away to compete for the homecoming crown at R. Murray High School. Will it be newbie Bloom, or her arch nemesis and Dance Team leader, Harmony? Watch as the two square off in this fun but odd match to the finish. Someone is doomed to 'Break a Leg' on the dance floor, or rather, the football field!

  • Frankie Moreno in Concert

    Frankie Moreno in Concert (2015)
    TV Movie (Music) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Viewfinder: Living with Parkinson's

    Viewfinder: Living with Parkinson's (2014)
    TV Movie (Documentary) Cinematographer Add a Plot »

  • Beyond Geek

    Beyond Geek (2014)
    Television (Documentary and Reality-TV) Camera and Electrical Department BEYOND GEEK is a television series about people who take geek to the next level. From a group trying to get to space in a balloon, to people who dress up as superheroes to fight crime, in each episode you'll experience a fascinating new world full of people pushing the limits of science, technology, and everything geek. Written by Anonymous

  • Antsy McClain and Joe Craven Live

    Antsy McClain and Joe Craven Live (2014)
    TV Movie (Music) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Tom Rigney and Flambeau

    Tom Rigney and Flambeau (2014)
    TV Movie (Music) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Antsy McClain: Hanging with My Friends Again

    Antsy McClain: Hanging with My Friends Again (2013)
    TV Movie (Music) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Blame Sally Live at KVIE Studios

    Blame Sally Live at KVIE Studios (2013)
    TV Movie (Music) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Frank Vignola's Four Generations of Guitar

    Frank Vignola's Four Generations of Guitar (2013)
    TV Movie (Music) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings

    Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings (2013)
    TV Movie (Music) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Dark Truths

    Dark Truths (2012)
    Film (Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew Quest is the city's next up and coming rap star. He has just signed his dream record deal when he is given the unfortunate news that his brother, William, was brutally murdered in his apartment with a mysterious girl named Maria. His brothers former girlfriend, Melinda, has been acting strangely as of late and Quest searches for the truth of what really happened. Meanwhile, Melinda hooks up with Michael who has been swindling money from unsuspecting investors for the past 5 years. Bald Head, a bumbling yet lovable street hustler, is struggling to balance life between Lisa, the girl that he desperately loves, and his drug-lord boss Mike. Johnny Guns, a local arms dealer, is in his own tug of war between Frank from the Giovanni family and a local Dominican gang leader named Julio. At the center of these intricately entwined stories is a common thread known only as the Dark Figure. Each player is faced with the same decision between the darkness and the truth. Can the truth outshine the ... Written by Live Media Entertainment

  • Yardcore

    Yardcore (2012)
    Television (Reality-TV) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Turf War

    Turf War (2010 - 2012)
    Television (Reality-TV) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P.

    Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P. (2010)
    TV Movie (Music) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector (2009)
    Film (Thriller) Cinematographer Add a Plot »

  • Sensored

    Sensored (2009)
    Film (Drama, Horror and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department A children's book illustrator inhabits a twilight world of shifting reality and illusion, where cruelty and rampant evil do battle with his better instincts, and sanity is a question of perception.

  • Chopper Challenge

    Chopper Challenge (2008)
    Television (Reality-TV) Cinematographer Add a Plot »

  • Redwood Adventures TV

    Redwood Adventures TV (2008)
    Television (Adventure) Camera and Electrical Department Explores the adventures and beauty of the Redwood National Park in Northern California.

  • Nite Tales: The Movie

    Nite Tales: The Movie (2008)
    Film (Horror and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department Nite Tales is a horror anthology introduced by "Flava Flav" that includes two movies, Karma and Storm. "Karma" teaches four young thieves that crime does not pay. In "Storm" college students learn that an urban legend may be more than just a story. Written by Irishlass240

  • Wasted

    Wasted (2006)
    Film (Adventure, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Chores

    Chores (2006)
    Film (Crime, Drama, Horror and Thriller) Cinematographer Reminincent of Hitchcock's style, Rosemary's Baby and the Bad Seed, Something in the Clearing is a cult classic. A family in turmoil returns to the small town where David, the father, had grown up. Their return to the countryside takes them into the middle of generational abuse and Satanic practices only to find help in an unexpected way. Written by Anonymous

  • Simon Says

    Simon Says (2006)
    Film (Horror and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department The pothead Zack; the sweethearts Kate and Riff; the slut Vicky; and the spoiled Ashley travel by van to the backwoods to camp. They meet two strange gravediggers that advise them to leave the place otherwise they could be murdered. Then they meet the deranged retarded Simon in the gas station and Riff has a friction with the guy. They find a paradisiac spot to camp at the riverside, but Simon and Stanley transform their holiday in a nightmarish night. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Fugitive Hunter

    Fugitive Hunter (2005)
    Film (Action) Camera and Electrical Department Quick is sinking fast: deep in debt, facing eviction in thirty days and watching his family slowly slip through his grasp. With no place to turn, Quick resorts to the ruthless and lucrative world of fugitive recovery, becoming a front runner in a band of veteran bail recovery agents-bounty hunters-working for Neil Swift, an old friend and partner of Quick's father. Enjoying sudden and unexpected prosperity, Quick finds himself at the top of his game, unaware that he is in the middle of a deadly conspiracy. Stumbling upon a suspicious file, Quick and his best friend Keno soon find themselves chasing Travian Woods, an elusive and dangerous criminal with mysterious ties to Swift Bail Bond Agency. With the aid of Tracy, an informant, Quick uncovers not only the tracks of his prey but also the ulterior motives of Swift. Digging deeper, he realizes that it is his own grave he is digging, and the hunter becomes the hunted. End of the Law is an action-packed look into the real world of ... Written by Anonymous

  • A Place Called Home

    A Place Called Home (2004)
    TV Movie (Drama and Family) Camera and Electrical Department The story of Southern Belle, Tula, who is living her older years in huge, yet crumbling, country house. Wary of visitors, her routine is shaken by two con-artists, Hank Ford and his daughter Cali, who are eying up Tula as their next victim. Written by Kelly M (Phantom Pirate)

  • Straight from the Heart

    Straight from the Heart (2003)
    TV Movie (Drama and Romance) Camera and Electrical Department Jordan Donavan, a photographer in New York, is so disappointed when after five years of going steady Edward Morgan offers her not marriage but just to move in with him, that she accepts the match-making arranged via a magazine by her female friend with Tyler Ross, a horse rancher in the West, whose candidacy was actually also posted by his sister. After a bad start they soon grow closer, riding and talking, finding much in common, while she actually grew up in the country. However their past lives, which in his case is marked by a tragic accident, doesn't make it easy for them, and when Edward comes ask her hand, she travels back East... Written by KGF Vissers

  • Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain

    Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain (2003)
    TV Movie (Drama and Family) Camera and Electrical Department With tensions running high between Jack & Fog over plans to drill on his land that abuts the wilderness preserve, Fog announces to the whole town that he isn't drilling for oil - but is opening a natural spring water business. Jack doesn't believe him & the night of the big annoucement he is jailed, suspected of sabotaging Fog's well. But Ben & Mark soon uncover a secret that Fog's business partners aren't telling him about. In fact this new venture turns out to be more than Fog could have bargined for. It is a race to prove Jack's innocence & uncover the truth before Mark is taken back to the city to live in a foster home. Written by Anonymous

  • Gentle Ben

    Gentle Ben (2002)
    TV Movie (Drama and Family) Camera and Electrical Department When a boy is left in the care of his mountain-ranger uncle, he learns valuable lessons about man's relationship with wild animals, and how the mayor poses a threat to local legend Ben - a grizzly bear.

  • Unconditional Love

    Unconditional Love (1999)
    Film (Action) Camera and Electrical Department A crusading reporter (John Kennedy Horne) for the weekly L.A. New Times spends his time writing exposes on the conditions permitted by slumlords. However, when his best friend (Sheryl Lee Ralph) is killed by a corrupt business executive (Henry Silva), he is forced to start trying to find the evidence. This leads him into conflict with many surly longshoremen and hit men. Meanwhile, he makes a new acquaintance in a bookstore clerk (Tracey Ross), who also happens to be a computer whiz and aids him in finding the information he needs. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

  • Ride

    Ride (1998)
    Film (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department A group of young people leave Harlem for a bus trip down to Miami. The voyage starts off with problems, but it ends up becoming a learning experience, as they end up learning things about each other they had not previously known. Written by Guy Johns

  • McCinsey's Island

    McCinsey's Island (1998)
    Film (Action, Adventure and Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • The Cutoff

    The Cutoff (1998)
    Film (Action) Camera and Electrical Department Karate fighting flick, with a strange story of revenge in a drug gang world.

  • Mr. Bourn's Gold

    Mr. Bourn's Gold (1997)
    Film Cinematographer Add a Plot »

  • Clover

    Clover (1997)
    TV Movie (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Sara marries Gaten a single father who is African-American. Not long after they're married Gaten dies. So Sara has to take care of Gaten's daughter, Clover. Problem is she and Clover have not exactly bonded and several of Gaten's friends and relatives object to her being Clover's guardian. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

  • Digging to China

    Digging to China (1997)
    Film (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department 10-year-old Harriet dreams of leaving her home, where she doesn't feel she's needed by her mother and sister Gwen. When her mother dies in a car accident, she really starts to make plans for leaving and she finally does so together with her childlike (mentally ill) friend Ricky. Written by Anonymous

  • The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo

    The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo (1996)
    Television (Crime, Family, Mystery and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department This show is about a girl named Shelby who lives with her grandfather in an inn-type place. When she is done with her chores, she works at the police station helping with small things, and always finding a way to help solve crimes with her friends. Written by Aboot <http://www.deathsdoor.com/partying/ABOOTs.html>

  • Looking for Trouble

    Looking for Trouble (1996)
    Film Camera and Electrical Department Jamie Miller is having a bad day. Her mom remarried a jerk and gave away her dog, and tomorrow doesn't look much better. But everything changes when she meets a runaway baby elephant named Trouble! When her newest buddy is recaptured by a mean old circus ringmaster, Jamie and her friend Harry the Magician hit the road to save him. She's looking for Trouble, but what she finds is pure adventure! Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

  • Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus #17

    Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus #17 (1996)
    TV Movie (Drama and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department A crazed lunatic takes over a school bus filled with special needs children, threatening to blow it up if his demands are not met.

  • Bermuda Triangle

    Bermuda Triangle (1996)
    TV Movie (Adventure and Mystery) Camera and Electrical Department After a strange storm in the Carribean causes a boat to sink, a family finds itself stranded on an island in the "27th dimension".

  • The Break

    The Break (1995)
    Film (Drama and Sport) Camera and Electrical Department A depressed and destitute Nick Irons, a tennis pro banned from the tour for slugging a player during a TV match, agrees to coach a bookie's "head case" son, Joel, who wants to turn pro. The bookie wants his son to get out of tennis and contracts Nick to discourage him. Nick begins to do that but after an episode with his old flame, Jennifer, and after seeing the kid's determination he decides to teach him all the tricks, both physical and psychological, of the trade. The two battle the kids of a famous coach, unfair refs., injuries, travel all over the southern US, while Nick tries to woo his love back, finally to reach the big championship tennis match where all is resolved in dramatic fashion. Written by <rmaisiak@uab.edu>

  • The Magic of Christmas

    The Magic of Christmas (1995)
    TV Movie Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing (1992 - 1993)
    Television (Sci-Fi) Camera and Electrical Department The adventures of a man-turned-muck monster. Swamp Thing was once a man named Alec Holland, but after being caught on fire, doused with strange chemicals, and dumped into the Louisiana swamps by the evil Dr. Anton Arcane, Alec's body mutated. No longer is he human, or even an animal. His body is made from the muck and plants of the swamp. He's super strong and can make plants do his bidding. Good thing he's on our side... Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

  • Sightings

    Sightings (1992)
    Television (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department A look at the world of the paranormal, including visitors from outer space, ghosts and spirits, cryptozoology, and other phenomena outside the realm of conventional science. The show includes many interviews with people who have witnessed and, in some cases, been abducted by these unknown entities. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

  • Long hang tian xia

    Long hang tian xia (1992)
    Film (Action) Camera and Electrical Department Uncle Tak, the old martial-arts master and medicine in normal life has severe problems with his former student Jonny, who wants nothing more than to kill his old master to show everyone who the real master is. Uncle Tak wants Jet, his best student, to come over from China to the US. Jet gets no green card, but finally manages to come as a tourist. Jet is not familiar with the American way of life, but all the better with the way of fighting. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

  • The Giant of Thunder Mountain

    The Giant of Thunder Mountain (1991)
    Film (Drama, Family and Western) Camera and Electrical Department A mountain man is falsely accused of the murder of his parents.

  • Zhi zun wu shang

    Zhi zun wu shang (1989)
    Film (Action and Crime) Camera and Electrical Department Law and Chan are gamblers and friends. Forced into a battle with the Yakuza, How far will friendship go? A high stakes card game will settle it all.

  • Clownhouse

    Clownhouse (1989)
    Film (Horror) Camera and Electrical Department Just before Halloween, three kid brothers who are alone in a big house are menaced by three escaped mental patients who have murdered some traveling circus clowns and taken their identities. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

  • Superboy

    Superboy (1988)
    Television (Adventure, Fantasy and Sci-Fi) Camera and Electrical Department The adventures of Superman when he was a boy! Actually, as a young man...who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered journalism student at Shuster University, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and...well, you know the rest... Written by Gregory A. Sheets <m-sheets2@onu.edu>

Awards

  • Emmy Nomination, Cinematographer, Viewfinder: Living With Parkinson's

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