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Cinematographer for Jimmy Kimmel Visits Alma Mater

Dr. Frierson’s Film Theory class was treated today to a visit from Bernd Reinhardt, MFA class of ’99, who found his way to the Jimmy Kimmel Live show eight years ago.

Reinhardt recently shot a star-studded comedic piece for Kimmel in the style of a movie trailer.

Reinhardt left Greensboro soon after graduating and moved to L.A., where he dropped his reel off at production companies and shot for field documentaries, eventually joining a union and getting a gig for Dr. Phil. After a stint with Sacha Baron Cohen, he landed the job with Jimmy Kimmel, which he says is “the perfect job.”

Reinhardt told current students they should decide what they want to do, and then train like they’re in the military while they’re in school. You can’t force things to happen, he said, but you can be ready when opportunities arise.

Reinhardt loves the film industry, but took up still photography as an outlet for creative work that is his own entirely. He named the German Expressionist artist Max Bachmann as a primary influence.


Written by uncgmst

August 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm

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