Chicago DP: Tommy Maddox-Upshaw

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Veracity (Trailer)


Director of Photography


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The “Director of Photography” works closely with the films Director, Gaffer, and Production Designer in order to achieve a film’s creative visual look.



Hi everyone and thanks for joining us here at Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

This week’s ETC HIGHLIGHT is the short film Veracity.   

“What really made this film thrive was the tantalizing movement of the camera. It’s amazing how much more dynamic a film becomes when you add attractive camera movement.” (Justin Jackola, Director at JJack Productions)

Veracity is a short film about a young teenage girl who is outed at her high school after acting on her feelings for the new girl.

The DP who gave this film it’s unique visual identity is this week’s ETC EXPOSED crew member Tommy Maddox-Upshaw.

Tommy said that he used an Arri Alexa HD with Panavision lenses to obtain “a darker feel that was saturated in the beginning and once the big climax happened with their relationship we took away some of the color/saturation, and went to a bit more longer lens feel.”

Tommy lives and works in LA, but came to the city of Chicago in the “dead of winter” to work on this film.  He stated that he “loved the city of Chicago”, and “it was a great challenge on something so limited in budget but the subject matter was a great emotional ride.”

This short film was shot on location at a High School on the South side of Chicago where Tommy stated that after shooting the crew hung out and he enjoyed the “experience of collaborating in a town where the High School and it’s spirit was an amazing place to be.”

You can learn more about Director of Photography Tommy Maddox-Upshaw at

The entire short film can be seen on Showtime,  Amazon, and Vimeo VOD.

Thank you for watching this week’s “EXPOSED” short film, and reading our new blog Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

See you next Tuesday!