We had the good fortune of connecting with Delaney O’Brien and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Delaney, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
This career has truly taught me the greater importance of films and the necessity for a space to be able to tell our stories.

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 became a cinematographer because it truly makes me feel creatively satisfied and I have found throughout my life that images are my best form of expression. I was first introduced to cinematography while studying film and digital media in undergrad. It took me a few years to find my voice and the direction I wanted to head. That pursuit took me to New York and to where my world really began to open up. It was through this that I was able to get comfortable finding and capturing moments as they unfolded. I believe when it comes to the story it is my place to adapt to help tell it in the best way possible, to utilize the tools of light and shadow, technical and creative, movement and stillness. It is not always about my personal style but in giving and creating what is necessary to help carry the story through. One of the many benefits in this career is you are always a student between the technology that is constantly changing and the way that we pursue and are able to represent the human condition. I believe my perspective, my eye, the empathy I bring to the table are all of what sets me apart.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Diving into what to do in LA, I think overall it is nice to find the areas where you can walk around the city and take in what it has to offer. Starting the week off with breakfast at The Trails Cafe and a hike up to the Griffith Observatory. Tuesdays La Descarga offers free salsa lessons and opens for dancing and drinks after. Wednesday a trip to ArcLight in Hollywood for the latest films and a fantastic viewing experience. Thursday vegan ice cream from Magpies to cool off after a trip to the beach. Friday a hike through Will Rogers State Park and dinner at Gracias Madre. Saturday a trip to the Getty. Sunday starting the morning with breakfast tacos at HomeState and finally spending some time at LACMA to round out our week.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The AFI Cinematography program for access to filmmakers knowledge, support and experience. Stephen Lighthill and Sandra Valde as well as so many others for the mentorship and support they have provided. To the fantastic cinematographers and directors that I have worked with, especially my thesis director, Portlynn Tagavi, who has been both an amazing friend and collaborator. Our collaboration led to us winning a student Emmy as well as being shortlisted for the student BAFTA awards. I greatly appreciate these talented people in my life.

Website: www.delaneysobrien.com
Instagram: @delaneysobrien

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