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The release of Final Cut Pro by Apple, combined with the Canon GL2 digital camera, opened a 15 year-old kid to the creative world of filmmaking. Inspired, Colby created a video year book for his high school. Directing his senior yearbook project & volunteering at the local public TV station, was enough to encourage Colby to pursue a degree in film production. Immersion in the filmmaking process at San Diego State University allowed him to clearly see his passion was in cinematography.
Colby graduated from SDSU with an offer to operate camera for the San Diego Padres in-house crew. Hard work, skillful operating, and an easy-going attitude opened doors for him in the world on sports broadcast television. He operated camera for Fox-Sports and ESPN... but, sports boradcast did not satisfy Colby creatively, he desired something more. And after an inspiring apprenticeship with Checco Varese on the True Blood pilot, Colby's eyes had now seen the prize.
The American Film Institute invited Colby to join a class of 28 internationally selected cinematographers. Two years later, the incredibly challenging and comprehensive schedule successfully installed Colby with a story-driven approach to his cinematography and developed his set lighting technique.
Colby's first opportunity to shoot a feature film came from shooting 2nd Unit on a feature film in 2012. On the dramatic thriller Ice Scream, for Little Studio Films, Colby was passed the reigns after a known scheduling conflict with Main Unit Cinematographer Checco Varese. Colby shot the remaining half of the production, after serving as the camera operator/2nd Unit DP for the first half. Colby followed up with the indie comedy feature Winning Formula for LFL Entertainment. His next feature film, he tapped into more sinster vibes in the dramatic horror film VANish for Grizly Films. Recently he completed photography on the thriller The Other Side for Afflatus Productions. All 4 films are currently in post-production.
Colby continues to seamlessly transition between shooting indie projects and operating union features and commercials. In 2013, Colby earned the qualifications to join IATSE local 600 under camera operator classification.