Trent Watts

Cinematographer | Director

Brooklyn, NY | Washington, DC

Play Reel



  • Arri Alexa Mini (sub-rental)
  • Arri Amira (sub-rental)
  • RED Scarlet-W
    • Dragon 5K Super35 Sensor
    • 16.5 stops dynamic range
    • Dual ProRes Recording
  • Sony FS7


  • Nucleus-M Wireless FF
  • CDX-IDW Wireless Video

Camera Motion & Support

  • DJI Ronin Gimbal (16lb payload)
  • ReadyRig (for gimbal)
  • EasyRig (for handheld)
  • Sachtler FSB-8 Sticks
  • Manfrotto 24” Slider


  • 17” SmallHD 1703 HDR
  • 7” SmallHD 702 Bright


  • Zeiss CP2 15mm 2.9
  • Zeiss CP2 25mm 2.1
  • Zeiss CP2 35mm 2.1
  • Zeiss CP2 50mm 2.1
  • Zeiss CP2 85mm 2.1
  • Rokinon Cine DS 14mm 3.1
  • Rokinon Cine DS 24mm 1.5
  • Rokinon Cine DS 35mm 1.5
  • Rokinon Cine DS 50mm 1.5
  • Rokinon Cine DS 85mm 1.5
  • Rokinon Cine DS 135mm 2.2
  • Canon 17-55mm 2.8 IS
  • Canon 24-105mm 4.0 L IS
  • Canon 70-200mm 2.8 L IS


  • Joker 1600 HMI
  • Falcon Eyes 2’x2′ LED Mat
  • 2x Litepanels Astra 6x Bi-Color
  • 2x Luxli Cello RGB’s
  • 2x 650W Arri Fresnels
  • 3x 300W Arri Fresnels


  • Sennheiser MKH-50 boom mic
  • Sanken COS-11 lav mic
  • Sennheiser G3 wireless system
  • Sound Devices MM-1 Pre-amp
  • Sound Devices MixPre 3

Transport / Other

  • Ford Escape SUV
  • 2x RockNRoller Carts
  • 2018 Macbook Pro
  • Basic Makeup Powder Kit
About / contact

Trent Watts

Cinematographer | Director

Since 2012, Trent has DP’d over 600 shoots, while also producing and directing many projects as well.  He specializes mostly in documentaries, branded content, and commercials.  He started his career in Washington, DC, learning to work fast with small crews and minimal resources.  After rising to the top of the DC production industry (and building a company in the process), he moved to Brooklyn in Fall 2019 to take his work to new heights and collaborate more frequently with the best filmmakers in the industry.  He still travels regularly to DC for shoots, and works as a local to both cities.

Trent’s process starts with carefully listening to clients to understand their creative vision, the bigger picture of what they’re trying to accomplish, and the intricacies of their project.  With his team of go-to crew and production specialists, he helps clients determine the best workflows, crew combinations, and gear to maximize production values AND tell the most compelling story.  He enjoys the process of working through the unique technical, logistical, and storytelling challenges of each project.  On shoots, he loves fostering a positive collaborative atmosphere where talent and crew feel empowered to work at their best.  He’s always looking for interesting new projects with great collaborators, so say hello!