Dave A. Barrett has positioned himself as a master of his craft, manipulating both the photo chemical and the digital to compose beautiful images and moving frames. He is regarded as an artist who has balanced his instinctively creative cinematography with his vast knowledge of the latest high definition technology and concepts. It all started for Dave at an early of eight when his quest to learn photography began. By twelve, his father helped him find an enlarger at a local garage sale and set up a darkroom in their home. With an eagerness to learn the moving image, he set out to study cinematography at the University of South Florida, graduating from the College of Fine Arts in 1988. His obsession to learn the medium continued at The Maine Photographic Workshops, The HD workshops in Santa Fe (Miami) and continues today as he insists on a clear understanding of the latest digital cinema cameras and systems.
Dave’s complete infatuation with creating images started while acquiring his education for Cinematography. Inspired by the works of the great-grandmaster artists of paint and cinema, he admired their brilliant use of light and the way it fell on their subjects. One can see this inspiration transitioned into Dave’s work as he applied what he learned to his own films, commercials and music videos. The accolades followed including multiple Addy and Telly awards on both the local and regional scale, as well as national Videography awards and Best Cinematography awards won in film festivals throughout the country for his work on the horror film, Filthy. Dave feels fortunate to have been able to work in some of the most beautiful places in the world including Paris, Florence, Antigua, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, all over the U.S. and most recently, Morocco, where he shot the independent feature film, Real Premonition. Additional film credits include Pierced, Mint Cologne, and “The Fight Dr”, a documentary on the life of Ferdie Pacheco.
Wasting no time starting his career, Dave’s work experience began while attending college at USF, he also held an entry level position at a local cable television channel called “The Home Shopping Network”. One short year later, Dave was chosen to be the Director of this local channel bringing it to its first ever nationwide broadcast. Just after earning his college degree, he became the Senior Cinematographer at the prestigious Tampa production company, “Telemation.” Within five years he started his own production company, “Magic Hour”, a Florida Incorporation still flourishing today. During this time Dave has also become a highly sought after cinematographer for NFL Films, shooting for over twenty years including several Super Bowls. He still holds this very prestigious and coveted position in sports cinematography and was nominated for “Top Shot of The Year” in the 2001 NFL season.