KIMISHA RENEE DAVIS

ABOUT

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Thanks for stopping by!

Hi, I am Kimisha Renee Davis! I am a Los Angeles based writer, director, and cinematographer and I shoot narrative films and commercials. I am dedicated to telling diverse stories, especially ones that: are female centric, feature BIPOC characters, and explore the developing intersection of African diaspora culture with technology.

 

I am all about positive vibes and I love creating dynamic visual storytelling through: screenwriting, detailed character development, selecting and manipulating lenses and cameras, composition, color design, and painting with light. Thus bringing beautiful stories to life.

I am a film student. I am majoring in cinematography and minoring in directing at Art Center College of Design. I was awarded the Art Center Scholarship, the H B Edwards Endowed Scholarship, the Joseph and Rebecca Lacko Scholarship, and the Ray Charles Fund Minority Scholarship to attend film school.

 

I was recently chosen as a Directing Fellow, for the Respectability Entertainment Lab, sponsored by: The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS, A&E, Final Draft, The Harnisch Foundation, the Murray/Reese Foundation, and the Pop Culture Collaborative. I was invited to attend American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women: The Interchange. I was awarded a scholarship to attend Directing: Visual Storytelling at Sundance Institute Collab. I received a SLED Grant to attend the Lighting for Film and Television Maine Media Workshop. I was awarded a grant from ZEISS Cinematography Lenses through Women in Media. I was selected to attend Sony EDU. I was sponsored by Panavision and RED Digital Cinema to attend the Cinematography Intensive for Women at American Film Institute. Additionally, I was named ‘A Rising Star in Cinematography’ by Anton Bauer.

I hire at least 50% women, BIPOC, LGBTQ, and disabled cast and crew members on every project. I champion inclusion riders to hire diverse film production employees in leadership positions above and below the line. Additionally, my sets are environmentally friendly to support efforts to end climate change.

 

I especially enjoy action, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and super hero films. I am committed to creating ones that have super heroines, BIPOC characters, and Afrofuturistic themes in the forefront. I am in pre production on my short film "Prima" and I am in development on a feature film and television series.

I am committed to telling diverse stories that transform the world. To sum it up, I'm super grateful for my blossoming career, where I'm having opportunities to contribute my creative skills in films, commercials, branded content, and social media. I am looking forward to connecting with other like minded collaborators and making a positive contribution.

P.S.

I designed this site myself. Hope you enjoy!

Gratitude,

KRD

"I am committed to telling diverse stories

that transform the world!"

-Kimisha Renee Davis

eXPERIENCE //

PREMIERE
95%
PRO TOOLS
70%
FINAL DRAFT
95%
AFTER EFFECTS
80%
PHOTOSHOP
70%
ILLUSTRATOR
75%
RESOLVE
80%
WIX
95%
SERATO
90%
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Cameras //

DIGITAL
Arri: Alexa, Alexa Mini, Amira,

LF, LF Mini, SXT, and XT
Blackmagic: Cinema
Canon: 5D Mark III
Panasonic: AG-HPX372, EVA1, and VariCam 35
Panavision: DXL2
Red: Epic W, Scarlet, Ranger, and Komodo
Sony: AS7 II, FS5, FS7, and Venice

FILM
Arri: Arriflex 16 and 416, Arriflex 35 BL
Bolex: Super 16
Panavision: Panaflex Millennium XL2

LENSES //

Angenieux

Arri

Atlas

Canon

Cooke Optics
Fujinon
Hawk

Kowas

Leica

Nikon
Panavision
P+S Technik
Service Vision Scorpio

Sigma

Vantage
Zeiss

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Stabilizers//

Easyrig

Ready Rig Movi/Ronin (In Training)

Steadicam Flyer LE (In Training)

education //

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2021

respectability entertainment lab

Directing Fellow

(Sponsored by: The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS, A&E, Final Draft, The Harnisch Foundation, the Murray/Reese Foundation, and the Pop Culture Collaborative.)

2020

Sundance institute

Sundance Collab

Directing: Visual Storytelling

(Sundance Institute Collab Scholarship)

2018-Present

ART CENTER

COLLEGE OF DESIGN

Cinematography Major/Directing Minor (Dean's List, Mentorship Program,

Art Center Scholarship, H B Edwards Endowed Scholarship, Joseph and Rebecca Lacko Scholarship, and Ray Charles Fund Minority Scholarship)

2019

AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

Cinematography Intensive for Women

(Sponsored by Panavision and RED)

(Certificate)

2019

ASC 

crane & remote head workshop

(Sponsored by Women in Media,

Cinemoves, Panavision, and the ASC)

2017

Garnish Music Production School

Electronic Music DJ Major

(Certificate)

2008-2009

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Fashion Design Major

(1st Place Cotton Inc. Scholarship)

2021

american film

institute

Directing Workshop for Women: The Interchange

2020

main media workshops

Lighting for Film and Television

(SLED Grant)

2019

SONY EDU

Commercial Workshop

(Sponsored by Sony)

2019

ARRI LIGHTing

CLASS SEMINAR

(Sponsored by Cinegear, the ASC, and ARRI)

2016-2017

Cincinnati State

Audio/Video Production Major

(Summa Cum Laude, 4.0 GPA, Dean’s List, Runner Up College Movie Festival, Associate’s Diploma)

2014

Landmark Education

The Forum, Advanced Course,

Self ExpressionLeadership Program,

and Causing the Miraculous Seminar Series

2004-2007

Carnegie Mellon University

Acting Major

(Spokesmodel, Admissions Assistant, and Residential Assistant)

2001-2004

School for

Creative &

Performing Arts

Acting/Vocal Music/Musical Theatre Major

(High School Diploma)

ORGANIZATIONS //

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sundance

Institute

MEMBER

Sundance Institute Collab Scholarship recipient.

Sundance Institute supports and champions independent artists because they believe their stories and perspectives are essential to a thriving, informed and connected society. They provide safe and nurturing spaces where artists can develop and share new work while building networks and community with one another.

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film

independant

MEMBER

Film Independant is a non-profit arts organization that champions the independent filmmaker.

American Society of Cinematographers

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CINEMA-

TOGRaPHERS

FRIEND

The American Society of Cinematographers, founded in Hollywood in 1919, is a cultural, educational, and professional organization for cinematographers.

society of

camera

operators

MEMBER

The Society Of Camera Operators was founded in 1979 under the name Society of Operating Cameramen. Its primary mission is to advance the art, craft and creative contribution of the camera operator in the motion picture and television industries.

sporas

MEMBER

Sporas is a platform for cinematographers, directors, and film technicians of color.

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WOMEN

IN

FILM

MEMBER

Women In Film (WIF) is a non-profit organization that advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries – to achieve parity and transform culture. Founded in 1973, WIF provides members with camaraderie, networking opportunities, educational programs, scholarships, grants, film finishing funds, access to employment opportunities and mentorships.

Women in Media

WOMEN

IN

MEDIA

MEMBER

ZEISS Cinematography Lenses grant winner.

 

Women In Media encourages gender balance in film and entertainment industries by providing networking, professional development, and advocacy for above and below the line women and the people who love making movies with them.

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primetime

MEMBER

Primetime is a vetted visibility platform for all women working above and below the line behind the camera, campaigning for gender equality across every department in the Entertainment Industry.

the

PROVOST'S

LIST

DEAN'S LIST

The Provost's List is an academic award, or distinction, used to recognize the level of highest scholarship demonstrated by students attending Art Center College of Design.