Blackmagic Design Presents Filmmaking Tools and Techniques with DP Sherry McCracken

Blackmagic Design Presents Filmmaking Tools and Techniques with DP Sherry McCracken

NYWIFT and Blackmagic Design will be joined by filmmaker Sherry McCracken for a presentation hosted by AbelCine to discuss the tools and techniques essential to today’s filmmakers. After spending more than two decades as a photographer, McCracken will discuss what drove her to switch her career to filmmaking and how that led to her recent role as Director of Photography (DP) for the film American Gothic. As DP, McCracken will go into detail about her hands-on approach to filmmaking and will discuss lessons learned from creating American Gothic – including what filmmakers should think about when shooting on location and how DPs can best use their gear to their advantage when planning and capturing shots.

For those looking to hear more about which gear McCracken uses, Blackmagic Design will demo its URSA Mini Pro digital film camera, as well as discuss additional Blackmagic Design products used during production. 

Sherry McCracken is a filmmaker and photographer with more than 25 years of experience. McCracken is co-owner of Little Rock Films & Studios where she teaches photography and filmmaking. She also produces short and feature films. In 2016 Sherry was the Director of Photography for the feature film American Gothic, for which she won Best Director of Photography at the AC Cinefest. McCracken also serves on the Advisory Board for the Atlantic County Institute of Technology (ACIT). She’s looking forward to her next big project (a feature film) currently titled 48 Blocks

Blackmagic Design
 creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to

AbelCine believes in the power of the moving image to evoke, enlighten and inspire. Their mission is to provide the tools, products and services that best enable professional creators of all levels to achieve their vision. So, while technology continues to redefine the boundaries of what’s possible at a breakneck pace, consider AbelCine your grounding, your back room, your source. AbelCine offers their knowledge, experience and support through a host of cohesive services, and helps match the best acquisition technology available, to your creative, technical and budgetary obj ectives. Their technical expertise is focused on digital cinema, broadcast, high-speed, VR, and 360 video, as well as optics, audio, lighting, workflows, and post. 

Special Thanks to AbelCine for hosting this presentation

February 21 @ 6:30pm
6:30 pm — 8:30 pm (2h)

AbelCine 88 35th St 4th Floor Brooklyn NY 11232

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.