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Junbai Zhou – Chief Lighting Technician,Gaffer, & Cinematographer

Hi Junbai, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.How I started getting into lighting is because of movie called “Enter The Void” by Gaspar Noe. How lighting and color could add so much character into the film, experiencing the color spectrum all in one movie and all in one time is blowed my mind. That’s one of the reason encourage me to start lighting journey as Chief lighting technician. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?It was fun but a tough ride for being a chief lighting technician in a such man-dominated field. Constantly being questioned and treated unfairly is pretty much my daily life on set. but also, such good motivation to push me work harder and keep me humble that I need to learn different technic and be familiar w wireless dmx lighting. and constantly train my eyes and pay even more attention to daily life, how light changes throughout the day in different environment, and how shadows can tell the story, how different material can affect light differently and workin in such high stress environment to still be able to manage the team and creatives is such big challenge as well 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?I am a chief lighting technician. specialize in doing film and commercial lighting. Did Mini TV series on Snapchat called “Action Royale”: commercial work “Tory Burch lucky trainer ft Sydney Sweeney” Big Sean music video “what a life ” and ” loyal to a fault”, feature film ” monstrous ” ft Christina Ricci, etc. Most proud of is a Music Video we did called “Something About You” by Aiko. The visual language and the process of designing the lighting w my cinematographer is the most amazing experience I ever had. I’m always willing to learn about the story and vibes DP and director going for before I put any lights up and no matter what skills of project, we have I will give my full heart in. 


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