Kenny Stoff – Director/DP
I shoot. I direct. I shoot and direct. I am a filmmaker. I am a visual artist.
It has taken me 40 years to be able to say that and mean it, but that’s what I am, and I am proud to make my living as an artist.
I believe in the power of imagery to tell stories,to move the audience, to educate and inspire the next generation. I believe there is always one shot that can instantly connect with the viewer on an emotional level. Most importantly, the moving image has the power to make people feel... Something. And in this day and age that is all we can ask. Today, everything is so slick and polished. Nothing looks natural or real anymore. I’ve embraced a style that takes what exists in reality and magnifies its raw beauty.
I am also a WE, and WE are a team. A team of filmmakers that are all the best at what we do. I learned from early on that if you surround yourself with talented people, you can do great things together. And everything in life is better together.
WE have had the distinct pleasure to shoot both Sound City and Sonic Highways with Dave Grohl. The knowledge gained from both of these massive projects is immeasurable. Sonic Highways went on to win 2 Emmys and was nominated for 4, including Best Documentary Series.
As well as serving as Director of Photography on Sonic Highways, I was also given the responsibility of directing the 8 Foo Fighter music videos that close out each episode. Working with Dave has changed the course of my career and I am eternally grateful for the blessings that have come of out these incredible experiences.
Feature length, short form, episodic, real or imagined, I live to tell stories with moving pictures. It’s what I do. I can't help it. I have to from deep down in my soul. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to express my feelings through the lens of some sweet old German glass. And it is truly an honor to work with our travelling band of filmmaking gypsies.
Yours, Kenny and THE Team