Shanele Alvarez is a highly experienced Director of Photography and Local 600 Camera Operator.
From childhood, Shanele knew she wanted to be a part of the movie making process. Between always having a home video camera in her hands and having a famous photographer for an uncle, she was destined to become a Cinematographer. As if this wasn’t enough, a fateful viewing of “The Making of Thriller” (Michael Jackson’s Thriller) gave direction to her passion, and led her on a singular path, that would have every moment of her education focused on the end goal of being in the setting, and being an integral part, of a production like that. So after receiving a Master’s Degree in film production from California State University of Northridge and an MFA in Cinematography from the University of Miami, she set out to get her feet wet in any good quality production she could find. Well it did take long! Almost immediately after graduating she found herself as the 1st A.C. on a feature film being DP’d by, 2-time Emmy nominated Director of Photography, Cliff Charles. Cliff Charles was so impressed, with Shanele, that she moved to New York and became his “go-to” A.C. and secondary Camera Op for many major productions for directors such as; Spike Lee, Reggie “Rock” Bythewood, Chris Rock, and Gina Prince-Bythewood, to name a few. In addition, Cliff Charles mentored Shanele to further her applicable DP skills and put her in charge of his online channel (DPTV). As demand for her Cinematography services grew independently, Shanele moved back to Southern California where she focuses solely on DP’ing and Camera Operating. Since making that move, Shanele has DP’d multiple features (narrative and documentary), webseries’, tv shows, and short films. Shanele is also a Local 600 Camera Operator and has operated on projects for HBO, Nickelodeon, The Jim Henson Co, BET, and more.
Shanele continues to make a name for herself in the film industry, as a Cinematographer, and is continuing to evolve her craft with an ever increasing (in size, budget, and creativity) slate of projects.
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