What is your name and what do you do?
I’m Roman Lane, and I’m a music video director and freelance director of photography (DP).
Where are you from and how has being there affected your creativity?
I’m originally from Alabama, but I’ve lived in Louisville since 2000. Growing up I always watched movies and music videos religiously . I loved the stories, depth and cinematic look of movies and I shared a deep love for all types of different music, so music videos was a way to combine those two worlds together and I’ve been fascinated with that world ever since.
Explain what initially got you into shooting?
I broke up with an ex, and simply had nothing to do. I used to train in jiu-jitsu but I needed a break, so I bought my first camera, a Canon t3i and some prime lenses from Craigslist and I’ve been shooting ever since.
Explain what does an average day look like for you?
Well I also work for Humana as a consultant so I’m there from 8 am-5 pm. As soon as I leave I typically either have consultations or an actual shoot which could last anywhere from an hour to a few hours. When I get home I handle administrative tasks and editing until I pass out. Then I wake up, and do it all over again!
What things do you look at or watch for inspiration?
I watch a LOT of movies and a LOT of music videos. I’m really story driven, so I get a lot of those ideas from movies. I also study how DPs shoot different movies and all of the shots captured to tell the story. I also study music videos to look at the latest editing techniques.
What camera setup do you currently use (camera, lens, other accessories, etc)?
I’ve recently switched from the Sony a7 system to BlackMagic. So I had an A7, A7R, A7S, FS100 shot with all Sony Zeiss glass. Now I primarily shoot with my BlackMagic Pocket and URSA Mini 4K with either Canon L or Sigma ART glass.
What do you specialize in or what do you enjoy shooting the most and why?
I primarily shoot music videos. Every now and then I’ll shoot commercial ad and fashion projects (and even fewer weddings).
I love shooting music videos because I just have a fervent love for music. It’s fun also seeing artists grow and to me, music videos have the fastest gratification. The turnaround times are quick, and so you’re able to see people enjoy your work much sooner. Plus you have the most lenient creativity when shooting music videos.
Since we believe that music is the center around all things creative, what are your top 3 music albums, and what about those albums that gets you in a creative zone?
Kid Art “Spielberg”
Travis Scott “Days before Rodeo and Rodeo”
Frank Ocean “Nostalgia Ultra”
Who are some shooters that you follow and what do you admire about their work?
What is one tangible piece of advice that you would give somebody who has just started shooting?
Don’t do shit for free. You undermine yourself and all other hardworking filmmakers. Find a niche – fast. You’re much more lucrative when you have a specialty. And lastly, just shoot!
What is next for you?
More music videos. Los Angeles in June, and just looking to find a rep/agency hopefully by the end of this year.