In this episode we chat with Nick Thomas about everything cinematography. We gain insight on career progression, running a production boutique, changes in the industry, networking, the influence of social media, and of course…gear! 
Nick is an award-winning Director of Photography with over 15 years experience working in the film and television industry. Nick has worked on a wide variety of productions which have aired on ABC, NBC, CBC, Global, CTV, HBO, ESPN, MTV, The Discovery Channel, and The Movie Network.
Some of Nick’s commercial clients have includ 3M, Siemens, Mercedes Benz, McDonald’s, Volkswagen, Shaw, Bell, Telus, Rogers, TED, Herschel, Molson Canadian, and Heineken.
Director of Photography & Camera Operator in Feature Films, Television Series, Short Films, Commercials, Music Videos, and Documentaries. Experienced with the latest 8K, 6K, 4K, 2K & HD camera systems from Arri, Canon, Red, Panasonic, and Sony.
He is ridiculously talented with a tonne of valuable tips and industry experience, you should probably listen in!




Music provided by Soundstripe

Into Song – To The Races, by Fantoms

Outro Song – Euro, by Hale


Episode hosts – Grant, Adam, Shawn, and Cameron


We interview April Simpson, a.k.a. Producer Girl. April has more than 15 years of Broadcast Experience and she shares some of her insights on how the role has evolved over the years.

April also chats about how she took a break from the Producer world to start her family and how she got back into the thick of it a few years later.

2017 Fork U Reel

Star Watch Promo Reel (2012)

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Into Song – Relentless, by Cody Martin

Outro Song – Titan, by OBOY


Episode hosts – Adam, Shawn, and Cameron


Lee Herbet creates high end corporate films and runs workshops on how to create and edit video, around the world. In this interview Lee speaks about how he made a flip in his career, changing his primary focus of video production training to instead focus on video production itself, while still keeping training as a service he can provide.

Lee also speaks to what it was like getting started, particularly building up his network of clients and collaborators from the ground up.

Eview Testimonial for PropertyTree

BrakesPlus Promo

Atomos Shogun Review

Music provided by Soundstripe

Into Song – Taking Flight, by Jonny Mendez

Outro Song – Time Spent, by Evolv

Episode hosts – Adam, Grant, Shawn, and Cameron


Adam is thinking of selling all of his Nikon and Sony gear and going full on Canon, for both photo and video. Grant wants to get out of the Adobe subscription ecosystem and is looking into other options such as Resolve, FCPX, Affinity, and Phase One.


Not a lot of show notes for this episode. However that may change if any of the big switch-a-roos talked about in this episode come to fruition. So check back and look for any updates, will mention so on future episodes.

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Into Song – Good Vibes, by Album House

Outro Song – Tree Tops, by TituS


Episode hosts – Adam, Cameron, Grant, and Shawn.


Matt is a freelance cinematographer based out of Denver, CO. Matt graduated in 2009 with a degree in Digital Cinema, and has been working professionally in the field ever since. For the last 5 years Matt has been traveling the globe 180+ days a year with the award winning tv show “Uncharted”. Directing and shooting the show has brought him to an astounding 28 countries on 6 continents and counting.  Matt is of particular interest to us because he travels everywhere with his 6k Red Camera in all types of unpredictable scenarios ranging from bad whether to dealing with sketchy situations from all walks of human and animal life.

Matt is an an extremely passionate and dedicated individual who thrives in a fast paced, unpredictable environment. Whether filming big mountain skiing in Alaska, big game hunting in the backcountry, or covering the action sports scene in Colorado, he feels most in his element shooting people doing what they love in the beautiful outdoors. 

Website | Instagram | 500px | Vimeo | Facebook

Music provided by Soundstripe

Into Song – In Search of Paradise, by Andrew Picha

Outro Song – Rooftop Dance Party, by PALA


Episode hosts – Adam, Cameron, Grant, and Shawn.


Adam and Shawn speak with co-host Grant Cooper about his recent experience as Director of Photography on the indie feature film, Circle of Steel, Directed by Gillian McKercher. Grant stutters his way through what seems to be a very emotional and transformational period of his life, being sure to nerd out about gear along the way. Grant would like to thank Kino Sum Productions and the entire crew of Circle of Steel for an amazing opportunity and experience that is sure to lead him to continued creative growth.

Kino Sum Productions

a multi-genre film team that values originality in all of its expressions. | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | IMDB

Pre-Production Behind the Scenes Photos
Production Behind the Scenes Photos
C200 Frame Grabs

Music provided by Soundstripe

Into Song – Once More, by Caleb Etheridge

Outro Song – Bill, by Mike Arnoult


Episode hosts – Adam, Grant, and Shawn.


We chat with Stock Footage/Photo site Dissolve to learn more about their services, including their unique Liftoff Program. 

In the 2nd half of the show we chat with one of Dissolves most successful contributors, Vinnie Van Wyk. Vinnie shares his insights on generating stock media and how to focus on continually creating content that sells.

Music provided by Soundstripe

Into Song – Light Up The Night, by Middie January

Outro Song – Ode to Swag, by Young Koolade

Episode hosts – Adam, Grant, Shawn, Cameron

FilmConvert is a simple, pro-level colour grading tool that adds adaptive film emulation and grain to your digital footage. Used as a standalone app or as a plugin for all of the major NLEs FilmConvert makes it easy to create a near real film look for your footage and does so without bogging down your editing software. 

In this episode we interview John and Sam from the FilmConvert team and they take us through the why of FilmConvert creation, how it can be used, and give us a sneak peek at their upcoming new software called CineMatch. 
Head over to FilmConvert and use our promo code LensWhacked to save 10%

Music provided by Soundstripe

Into Song – Slap Yo’ Face, by Jaxon Hargrove

Outro Song – We Are One, by Valdi Sabev

Episode hosts – Adam, Grant, Shawn, Cameron

Grant and Adam have a lovely chat with Erik Naso, best known for his contributions to high quality gear reviews and his work in broadcast.

Updates from the hosts include Shawn’s first day at his new job, Cameron’s first day as Shawn, Adam’s and Cameron’s work on the Southcentre gig now completed, and Grant spending all of his money on his dreams like a sucker.

Erik’s Links:


Twitter: @ErikNaso

Facebook: @ErikNaso.DP

Instagram: @EirkNaso

Music provided by Soundstripe

Into Song – Say Yes, by Achille Richard

Outro Song – Elephant in the Room, by Mucho Kaka


Episode hosts – Adam, Grant, Shawn, and Cameron.


The gang chats about their travel experience and share some of their learnings along the way. Also Shawn’s got a new job and Cameron quits his to go full-time freelance.

Below are some of the travel videos we mention in this episode.

Life's a beach 365 days of the year in Antigua & Barbuda

Intro to WestJet Technical Operations a.k.a. TechOps

WestJet Hero Holiday: Life-changing impact

Music provided by Soundstripe

Into Song – The Road Traveled

Outro Song – On The Road (Gone Forever)


Episode hosts – Adam, Grant, Shawn, and Cameron.