Emmy-winning cinematographer Sherri Kauk discovered she was at home behind the camera before she even knew what a Director or a DP did. Her camera became a fascinating way to connect with people. “When I had a camera in my hand, people and societies let me into their world, they let me into their space,” she says.
Her first scripted series, season 3 and 4 of the CBS young adults show, The Inspectors, garnered her the Emmy Award for Lighting Design. She also directed her first network episode, 'Scam School'. In 2020 Variety named her a Rising Star of Cinematography.
on set with Sherri
"Facing the daunting task of of shooting two back-to-back season in less than six months, I needed a DP who'd be both a fearless co-captain and unrelenting artist. I found both in Sherri. She is unflappable, yet visionary. A master technician and shaper of light who knows exactly how to balance the art with the realities of budget and schedule. Her infinite energy and optimism elevates every department. I'm proud to call her a friend."
"This is the 3rd time I've worked with Sherri. She's an incredible human and artist. As a new director, I was looking for someone to support my vision and Sherri was the best choice. The creative collab I had with her has been the high point in my life. "
Sherri has camera operated on prestigious shows such as "The Big Leap" (FOX), “Insecure” (HBO), “The L Word: Generation Q” (Showtime), “Making the Cut” (Amazon Prime) and the Sundance documentary “Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock."
The Big Leap
I was looking for a Cinematographer who would honor my vision while bringing fresh ideas to the table in a collaborative way. Sherri exceeded my expectations. From pre-production planning, adapting to budget constraints, bringing in a talented, hard working crew, and gorgeous shots, I couldn't have asked for a better partner. If you have the opportunity to hire Sherri, DO IT!
"I was lucky enough to work with Sherri for two back-to-back seasons. She was an incredible DP and directed as well. Sherri always had a smile on her face and was one of my favorite people to hang out with on set. I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to work with her and I'm honored to call her my friend."
Her cinematography highlights include "Sex Appeal" (Hulu), “The Inspectors” (CBS), the SXSW feature “Loev,” screening on Netflix, and Season 3 of the Snapchat series “Endless Summer.”
Excerpts from Variety Magazine: These Rising Cinematographers Are Shaping Tomorrow’s Media
— Carole Horst