Shanele Alvarez, SOC, Cinematographer and Camera Operator, thrives on telling a story through creative lighting and camera angles. She received a Bachelor's degree in Communications from San Francisco State, a Master’s degree in Screenwriting from California State University, Northridge, and her MFA in Film Production with a focus in Cinematography from the University of Miami. Immediately following graduation, Shanele moved to New York where she worked on a variety of projects as an AC and Camera Operator for a local production company. She eventually became Producer and Director of Photography for DPTV, an online cinematography magazine, and landed her first big operating job on an ESPN documentary. Later that year, Shanele returned to California to further her film career. She continues to hone her craft as a Director of Photography, and Camera Operator. Some of Shanele's operating can be seen on Hulu's Reasonable Doubt, and Showtime's The L Word: Generation Q., and most recent comedy shows for Kevin Hart and Jo Koy. Shanele has also lensed a couple made for TV films, Dance Baby Dance, and Neron, as well as, the feature documentary, Vanishing Borders, and served as additional DP on the PBS Documentary, Push Out: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. She believes if you are doing what you love, you never work a day in your life. With this love and passion, Shanele is continuing to live out her lifelong dreams behind the camera.
- Behind the Camera 2023
- Tuesday, April 18 • 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM PT