"Get out there and shoot. Even if it’s free or spec work, take on those projects and that will help you get better…"
- Les Gaddis
Please give us a brief bio. How, and when, did you discover your passion?
Les Gaddis has always loved film. At a young age he began working as an event camera operator. He decided to pursue his passion full-time and professionally trained in film and cinematography. He graduated from the Art Institute of Dallas with a degree in Applied Science, and a concentration in Video Production. Les is expanding his portfolio as a Director of Photography. As such, he is responsible for all operations concerning camera work and lighting during the production of a film. The challenge of maintaining a thorough knowledge of new camera systems and being able to lead a crew on set effectively, are just a couple of skills he is continually cultivating into excellence.
Do you have coffee, caffeine or a routine before “Entering The Matrix” and start to fire on all cylinders?
I drink coffee almost every day and its definitely part of my routine to jump-start me my day.
As a kid, who was your biggest motivator?
My dad would be the person that inspired me the most as a kid. The hardest working person I know. He is the one that actually put a camera in my hands and showed me you could make money doing this.
If you could choose one artist, living or deceased, who inspired your artistic style the most?
The artist that is living that inspires me is Bradford Young. An amazing cinematographer that tells stories beautifully through the lens and light.
If you were not in the creative field you are in today, what would be your chosen profession?
If I weren’t part of the film industry, I think I would lean more toward being an art teacher. I love art and also teaching and guiding future artists.
Shameless Plug: Are you working on anything you’re proud of and would like to share?
The last feature that I’ve worked on is called Mr. Gates. I’m excited to see how that film comes together. An upcoming feature that I’m working on is called “Ama” and that is a cultural drama that I think will do really well on the festival circuit.
Any inspirational words of wisdom?
I would say to get out there and shoot. Even if it’s free or spec work, take on those projects and that will help you get better and also attract the type of project that you want.