Next Generation

Josh Spires' The Whale a Regional Winner of the 2011 Kodak Film School Cinematography Competition

Colin Beaton in a scene from "The Whale"
Josh Spires

Josh Spires, from the University of Texas, is the Americas Region Winner for the 2011 Kodak Film School Cinematography Competition.
Spires' film, The Whale, follows a young boy who lives in an ephemeral fantasy to try and escape the cycle of paternal abuse.


 "Cinematography is all about storytelling. All the way, 100%. If telling a story is your one true goal as cinematographer, everything else will follow. The light and glass and stock one uses are only means to an end, which should be a story worth telling."


"To me The Whale is all about cycles and perpetuation, so it was of utmost importance to us to reflect these themes in the cinematography. Choices such as limiting lens choice to 2 lenses, repeating specific camera moves across scenes, and naturalistic lighting were all made to simply serve the story. The story itself is one of tragedy and beauty, and I only hope that such tragedy and beauty is felt through the cinematography of The Whale."


KODAK VISION3 250D Color Negative Film 7207 and KODAK VISION2 50D Color Negative Film 7201

Production Crew

  • Director - Jamie Chapin
  • Producer – Lea Kocurek
  • Gaffer / 1st AC – Derek Kocich
  • Key Grip – Ian McKenyon
  • Sound Recordist – Kyle Hughes

KODAK Student Scholarship Program

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