Director of Photography: David Holcombe

Posted by Samantha George


Holding Pattern


Director of Photography


David Holcombe

“Cinematographers (a.k.a. directors of photography) work alongside directors to give films, TV shows, music videos and television commercials their own unique aesthetic style. Responsible for managing camera crews and lighting crews, they oversee the selection and manipulation of technical equipment to create striking images on screen.” –

Films and movies have been argued to be the closest look into the human experience and the stories that they tell. Often times, the way films are shot can be reflective on how the characters in the films feel or think. This approach was taken by Cinematographer and Director of Photography, David Holcombe, with his work on today’s featured short, Holding Pattern  a film about a flight attendant trying to cope with her trauma after surviving a plane crash.

“My goal was to tell the story subjectively from the protagonist’s perspective. That meant playing with expressive handheld camerawork during moments of emotional stress, and contrasting that with stillness and warmth in moments of calm and safety.”-David Holcombe

Holcombe was brought onto the project by JC Farris (a colleague he has worked with before), to create the film for the FourPointsFilmProject (AKA 48HourFilmProject), where a team is given a genre, a character, a prop, and a line they must use in the film, and must create the entire film from script to screen in the next 48 hours. This proved to only make Holcombe’s job more difficult with the pressure of time on his shoulders.

“We were on a tight schedule and needed a shot of an airplane taking off….We arrived at the airport right as a plane was taking off and we decided we’d most likely only have time to catch one more take off before we would lose too much light and we needed to move on to other scenes. As we discussed the shot, we suddenly heard a plane taking off! I spun around, dropped the camera onto the tripod and started rolling.”-David Holcombe

Tight decisions like these are constantly made when making a film for the 48 Hour Film Project, but that doesn’t stop Holcombe or the crew from pulling through as a team!

“Time is always a factor, especially for a competition. But, I often find that when the crew works in harmony, limits can inspire and push us to not second guess ourselves!”-David Holcombe

It’s always great to see people come together to create something beautiful and worthwhile! Thank you so much for sharing with us, David, and thank you for taking the time to be our “EXPOSED” crew member!

If you are interested in hiring David, or would like to see more of his work, please click the “ABOUT ME” on his photo above, and let him know what you think of his work!

Thank you all for joining us in today’s Exposing The Crew’s “EXPOSED” indie film, and for supporting the indie community!



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