LMU Grad School Student Project vs Professional Project


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Sophie Gemelas finished her MFA at Loyola Marymount University in the spring of 2022. Within just a few years, Sophie has DPed multiple professional projects.

Class Projects


Rachel Alexandra - DRIVE

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While you watch, notice:

  • 🖼️ How framing says it all
  • 🎥 An extended rack focus emphasizes the distance, spatially and emotionally, that exists between the characters
  • 💡 The vertical line that slices down the frame, once again communicating a disconnect

Sophie paired her obvious cinematography shops with an understanding of storytelling. It’s that pairing that would eventually land her on professional music video sets as a cinematographer.

Professional Crewing


LonelyTwin - More Than On My Mind

RT 4:46


While you watch, notice:

🌫️ How the film establishes and maintains an air of reminiscence: A combination of digital and analog mediums lend different textures (and aspect ratios) to the various shots.

🖼️ Frame within a frame shots: This is a pattern in Sophie's work. Techniques such as these give the film a feel of flipping through a photo album or perusing faded memories.

🍭 How the film harnesses color to animate a romantic dream: LonelyTwin’s vivid red polo and deep blue sweater vest pit her against the hazy blue-greenish hue of the city light. As such, she stands out within the frame - as though her character is an ethereal traveler in another world.

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