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Bonnie Blake, M.F.A.

Adjunct Professor

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Division of Film & Television Production


Bonnie Blake, originally from Louisville, Kentucky started her career as a camera assistant in New York City on music videos, commercials, and documentaries including “Paris is Burning”, features like “True Love”, “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge”, “The Long Walk Home” and the television series “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd”. She had studied English and theatre in college graduating from Vanderbilt University with her Bachelor of Arts and the University of North Carolina at Chapel with her Master of Fine Arts. She moved to New York to pursue a career in theatre but then discovered photography. This lead her to combine her interests and pursue a career in cinematography. She took a summer intensive cinematography class at New York University, hands on workshops offered by her union as well as classes at the Maine Media Workshop.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1991, her camera assistant credits included “Leaving Las Vegas”, “These Girls Are Missing” a UN documentary shot in Malawi, Africa and “How Stella Got her Groove Back” which was shot in Los Angeles and on location in Jamaica. She spent six weeks working in France as the camera assistant on the feature film “Never Ever”.
She moved up to become a union camera operator in 2000 and continued working primarily in features and episodic television. Her credits include “The Agency”, “Monk”, “CSI:New York”, “Hawthorne”, “Bunheads”, “The Goldbergs”, “Single Ladies” “Being Mary Jane”, “Insecure” and “Doubt” and “The Kominsky Method” which will start streaming on Netflix this October 2018.

She has also been fortunate to work on many TED conferences (for the website shot in California, Canada, India, Scotland, and England. This past August she was the Director of Photography for TEDGlobal in Arusha, Tanzania.

She is a member of the International Cinematography Guild of IATSE Local 600 and is currently a camera operator representative on the National Executive Board. She is also on the Board of Governors of the Society of Camera Operators. She is co-founder of Camerawomen Los Angeles for established and up and coming women who are working in non-union and union camera positions including Directors of Photography, camera operators, assistants and still photographers. A complete work resume follows.

She has taught at the Hollywood Cinema Production Resources program at West Los Angeles College and a various IATSE and SOC workshops.


The Kominsky Method Doubt
Walk the Prank
Being Mary Jane Rosewood
The Goldbergs Single Ladies
Fatrick - Pilot Bunheads
Hello Ladies - Pilot Blue
CSI:NY 5 Episodes
Dirty, Sexy, Money
Century City
The Agency
Additional Camera Operator Positions: Silicon Valley
Ray Donovan, Additional Unit Westworld
How to Get Away with Murder
No Ordinary Family, Additional Unit Mad Men
Close to Home
Nip Tuck
Malcolm in the Middle
Even Stevens
Camera Operator DIRECTOR OF
Anette Haellmigk
Alex Nepomniashy, ASC Anette Haellmigk Anthony Palmieri, ASC Michael Negrin, ASC Michael Negrin, ASC Jason Blount
Joaquin Sedillo, ASC
Frankie DeMarco Anette Haellmigk Michael Negrin, ASC Nancy Schreiber, ASC Christopher Popp Marshall Adams, ASC John Flinn III, ASC John Newby, ASC
Jeff Jur, ASC
Anthony Palmieri, ASC Marshall Adams, ASC Marshall Adams, ASC
Tim Suhrstedt, ASC Lauren Yaconelli
Robert McLachlan, ASC Michael Price, ASC Checco Varese, ASC Chris Manley, ASC, Gordon Lonsdale, ASC Nate Goodman, ASC Jeff Jur, ASC
Cynthia Puscheck, ASC Christopher Baffa, ASC Levie Isaacks, ASC Mark Doering Powell,
Paul Maibaum, ASC

Silver Skies
My First Mister Panic
Family Secrets Frog and Wombat

Nancy Schreiber, ASC/Rosemary Rodriguez Jeff Jur, ASC/Christine Lahti
Jeff Jur, ASC/ Henry Bromell
Jeff Jur, ASC/John Dahl
Ray Preziosi/ Sally Champlin Ray Preziosi/ Laurie Agard

Dinner with Don
Out in the Desert
My First Christmas Tree Man Woman Blackbird MTV Get Hired

Nancy Schreiber, ASC/Rodrigo Garcia Nancy Schreiber, ASC/Lesli Linka Glatter Paula Huidobro/Rodrigo Garcia
David Waldman
Sherri Kauk/Page Hurwitz
Ray Preziosi/Laurie Agard Dianne Farrington/Scott Lochmus Alan Jacoby/Matt Westmore
TED Conferences — Monterey, Long Beach, Vancouver 2006 - 2016 TED India 2009
TED Global - Oxford, England 2010, Edinburgh, Scotland 2011
Banff, Alberta 2016 TED Women - Washington, DC 2010
TED Africa - Tanzania 2017

MFA Theatre. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill BA cum laude, English. Vanderbilt University Cinematography Certificate. New York University

International Cinematography Guild: National Executive Board member Society of Camera Operators: Board of Governors