We had the good fortune of connecting with Molly Farrell White and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Molly Farrell, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
The film industry is always portrayed as this glamorous, “easy” industry to be in, but before I even got into film, I was incredibly oblivious to the insane amount of work, time, and people it takes to make just one project. It is quite literally a “blood, sweat, and tears” line of work for the crew members behind the scenes. But while all this is true, it is also one of the most incredible industries to be apart of. There is a major sense of camaraderie between a crew that is totally unmatched to anything else I have ever done, and the relationships that are created through the work we pour our entire selves into are truly lifelong. It isn’t just a job or career, it’s a way of living!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a freelance cinematographer, assistant camera, and overall filmmaker in Colorado. I studied film at the University of Colorado Denver in the College of Arts & Media, and have worked on indie short films, indie feature films, commercials, product shoots, documentaries, and more. I absolutely love being on set and working with a variety of cameras, lenses, and people! This industry is no joke: it is grueling to work on set for 12+ hours a day, lifting heavy gear and running around. But it is so rewarding when you come out the other side with an amazing product.
As a woman in the industry, I definitely face some challenges when it comes to myself vs. men. It is incredibly male dominated, especially in the camera department, so I have always strived to give 110% everyday on set and maintain a positive attitude. I am so lucky to get the opportunities I have been presented, and I never want to take those for granted.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite spots to eat are some of our beloved vegetarian/vegan restaurants: City O’City, Watercourse Foods, The Corner Beet. The food is amazing, the employees are always friendly and I love being surrounded by people who share my same values!
I also love to go thrifting and shopping! I would definitely take someone to Meek Vintage, Antiques Etc., Twist & Shout, Wax Trax, Kilgore Books, and I can’t leave out the trusty Arc Thrift Stores that are scattered about. There is nothing better than looking at items from years past, that have so much character and history embedded in them.
Lastly, I’d take a day to hang out in Wash Park. Not only is it in an ideal location, but its amazing to walk through, picnic, or sit and read a good book in the sun.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout some of the most influential and helpful people that have helped me expand my career and have given me the chances that are vital to getting a start in the industry. My professor, Eric Jewett, taught me more about the ins-and-outs of every aspect of the film industry than anyone else I have ever been in contact with. I can’t thank him enough for the knowledge and opportunities he has provided for me. I would also love to shoutout my other professors from CU Denver: Jess McGaugh, Hans Rosenwinkel, Andrew Bateman, Craig Volk, Jim Phelan, David Liban, Howie Movshovitz, and Nate Thompson. Lastly, I want to thank Colin Floom, who hired me on my first professional film set while I was still in college, and has since hired me on some of the coolest jobs I could imagine being on to date.
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