Hello, I’m Gene Sung a Los Angeles based Cinematographer and Director. Aside from watching and studying a massive amount of TV and films, my two biggest artistic inspirations are skateboarding and music.
I started skateboarding at 13, which formed a one track mindset from practicing the same trick repeatedly for months on end. I take this same ethos for all my artistic projects: You gotta pull it off and make it Super Good! Before skating, I had terrible little kid taste, like I thought Bon Jovi was the greatest band ever. Skate culture introduced me to everything that’s precious in my life - video, graphic design, illustration, magazines and great music. I remember asking my little skater friend John Phillips if he liked Bon Jovi and he said: “I don’t listen to that crap, I listen to Punk.” His words changed my entire trajectory and my music world exploded wide open.
Strangely, music has the biggest impact on my filming and visual style, as I watched a truly insane amount of MTV growing up. Every time I hear a good song, I see images. On stuff I get to personally direct and DP, the general style is lush, dense and pretty pictures. I’m always thinking what images my music heroes like Joy Division, New Order, Bauhaus, The Sex Pistols, NWA, Tupac, Wu Tang Clan, The Knife and Karen O would want for their music? I'd love to someday film in the rainy British countryside, like a romantic, dreary and never ending video for The Smiths as I'm a huge Johnny Marr fan.
Thanks to a lifetime love of skateboarding and surfing, I’m a bit of a travel nut and have been to 44 countries and counting.
Director of Photography and Director • Freelance • 2011 to Present: I am primarily a Director of Photography, however I direct a fair amount too. I have worked the crew gamut as Gaffer, Camera Op, Steadicam and AC. I can run a set quickly and efficiently to make the day while maintaining a friendly and positive vibe on set. Most importantly, I am very easy to work with.
Colorist and Editor • Freelance • 2011 to Present: Aside from on set experience with cinematography and directing, I am a very solid colorist and editor using Davinci Resolve and Adobe Premiere.
Motion Graphics Artist • Freelance • 2002 to Present: My career began as a Motion Graphics designer and animator working on boards, pitches and often doing the animations as well. I still do Motion Graphics a few days a month to fill in the gaps between live action jobs using Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Cinema 4D and Google Docs.
Clients: Warner Music, Disney, Nickelodeon, Discovery, Lifetime, Red Bull, Bravo, Capitol Records, Vice, SyFy, HGTV, ABC, HBO, PBS, FYI, NBA, NFL, MLB, UFC and more.
Education: Otis College of Art and Design, BFA
Red Raptor, Red Komodo, Sony FS7, Sigma Cine Primes, Canon FD Vintage Primes and Canon L Zooms. Also an assortment of quality lights and grip.