“You really do need to just get footage sometimes and I think that’s where art goes out the window.”
Spencer called in from his home in Montreal to talk about his most challenging shooting experiences, the benefits of being self-taught and how to keep calm while shooting in war zones.
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Spencer Chumbley is a freelance non-fiction cinematographer and producer focused on news and documentary. He has extensive field experience working in hostile and sensitive environments for production focused on human rights, conflict and social justice. In 2018, segments Chumbley filmed for VICE News Tonight on HBO were nominated for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards. He was a segment director of photography for the program's coverage of Libya - nominated for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newscast. Additionally he was a contributing cinematographer for their news special "The Inauguration of Donald Trump" nominated for Outstanding News Special.