How did you get started? Tell us everything!
Hi! I'm Dalton Lewis. I'm a filmmaker and photographer from Atlanta. I grew up making stuff on my computer for fun. I was always a very creative person as well, so when I started video editing as a hobby, I naturally started drifting towards more creative hobbies, such as filming gaming videos and such. This led me to start my own video production company in 2015, Nerd with a Camera Productions. I was never interested much in doing photos until I downloaded Instagram in 2017. I had professional equipment that I could use for photos, so I started messing around with photography and posting on Instagram. I have no formal training or education in photography, I'm just doing my own thing. I started shooting concerts in December of 2017, and I haven't looked back since.
I liked the concept of shooting concerts, but I never knew how to officially do it. Most shows, I would just sneak a camera in. It wasn't until the spring of 2018 that my mentor in this space (@marcellus_walls) showed me how to properly obtain a media pass. After that, I shot as many shows as I could, making as many connections as possible. My first show I snuck my camera into a church conference to shoot a Lecrae set, and since then, I've gone on to shoot for names such as WinterJam, Dude Perfect, Andy Mineo, and more. If you're curious about this area, have any questions, or just want to talk about it, hit me up! I'd love to talk about it.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, YouTube, etc.)?
I just graduated high school a few weeks ago, but I took most of my time in high school learning video production from my film school, "Tomorrow's Filmmakers". I have over 5 years of education in the area of video production, however, I am entirely self-taught in the area of photography.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
I talked about this above, but some of my favorite people to work with would be the folks down at Reach Records, and my other homies in the ATL Christian Hip Hop space. One of my proudest achievements so far would be having some of my work featured on Reach Records Artist, Hulvey's YouTube, Instagram, and Spotify pages.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
Age has been a big one. I've just turned 18 recently, but I've been doing this stuff forever. People don't take you seriously when you're "just a kid" until they can see what you do.
What are some of your goals this year?
I want to get started in the music video industry this year. That's been a goal of mine for a while, but I feel like it will happen this year.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
NF, Kraig Pruett, and Cole Bennett.
Who are your favorite directors? Who do you want to do a music video with?
My favorite directors are Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas, and Stephen Spielberg. In terms of music videos though, my favorites are Cole Bennett, Joe Gonzales, and Mike Afolabi.
What kind of equipment do you have and why?
My main camera is a Sony A7 III paired with a DJI Ronin SC gimbal. It's best for my style and what I do. If you have any specific questions on this feel free to shoot me a DM and we can talk tech!
What is your creative process like?
I think The Joker said it best. "Do I look like a guy with a plan? I just do things!" Most times when I'm at a concert or on set, my plan isn't laid out. I stand there until the creativity strikes me. Usually, I see a shot play out in my head and proceed to try and shoot it like I'm picturing it. After the shoot, I bring my photos/footage back to my studio and see how I can best edit them to convey the story, or in the case of a concert, the energy of the event.
What’s your favorite go-to order? (food-wise)
Easy, Grilled Chicken Club from Chick-Fil-A. No lettuce or tomato.