Holben and Vice President of Optical Engineering at Panavision Dan Sasaki discuss modern trends in optics at the National Association of Broadcasting Tiffen/ASC presentation.

Holben and Vice President of Optical Engineering at Panavision Dan Sasaki discuss modern trends in optics at the National Association of Broadcasting Tiffen/ASC presentation.

Holben hosts a panel with "Chicago Fire" cinematographer Jayson Crothers, "Chicago Justice" 'A' Camera Operator and cinematographer and 1st Assistant Camera Lewis Fowler for the ASC/Tiffen presentation at NAB 2017.

Holben hosts a panel with "Chicago Fire" cinematographer Jayson Crothers, "Chicago Justice" 'A' Camera Operator and cinematographer and 1st Assistant Camera Lewis Fowler for the ASC/Tiffen presentation at NAB 2017.

A phenomenal line written in the first draft of "Frostbite" by writer Bryan Stumpf showing extraordinary faith in Holben's directing to execute a critical moment.

A phenomenal line written in the first draft of "Frostbite" by writer Bryan Stumpf showing extraordinary faith in Holben's directing to execute a critical moment.

On the set of 'Tis It the Season early test shoot.

On the set of 'Tis It the Season early test shoot.

Sound mixing for Alone.

Sound mixing for Alone.

What's New?

Last Update 7/30/19

  • A lot more has been added to the Director’s Reels page!

  • Holben’s Paranoid receives a special 20th Anniversary facelift in a brand new digital remastering. The celebrated short will screen at 5 festivals later this year!

  • Holben will teach the first American Cinematographer Shot Craft Workshop at the Canon Burbank Center on Cine Optics on July 23rd

  • Holben will host two panels at the Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles on Saturday June 1 - Sony’s Creative Discussion with the camera team behind Dynasty and Got Agent discussion with some of the top below-the-line agents in the industry.

  • Holben hosted the Canon Creative Center panel on the director/cinematographer relationship.

  • Holben hosted the Schneider Optics Motion Picture and TV Filter Symposium at the Canon facilities in Burbank, CA

  • Holben hosted the American Cinematographer talks at the Canon Creative Studio during the Sundance Film Festival

  • Holben hosted the ASC Anamorphic Lens Day at the American Society of Cinematographer’s Clubhouse.

  • A full 2-hour long narrative lighting workshop has been posted on the Learn page.

  • Holben hosts the ASC Instagram feed

  • Holben's second book, Behind the Lens: Dispatches from the Cinematographic Trenches has been translated into Chinese and is now available in Asia.

  • Holben will participate in the Zeiss Lenses Metadata Workflow discussion panel at Cine Gear on Saturday June 2.

  • Holben hosted a panel for the American Society of Cinematographers and Tiffen at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas.

  • Holben was the host for several panels for filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival January 18-20 sponsored by Canon USA and American Cinematographer Magazine.

  • Holben became an Associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

  • Production wrapped on Before the Dawn an independent romantic drama feature film directed by Holben.

  • Holben organized the American Society of Cinematographers "Spherical Lens Day" at the famed ASC Clubhouse.

  • Music video for The Summit's "Pillow Talk," directed by Holben, is now online.

  • Holben hosted the ASC/Tiffen NAB panels with Dan Sasaki on Modern Trends in Optics and a report on the ASC Technology Lens Subcommittee as well as a lively panel with "Chicago" family Jayson Crothers, Tari Segal and Lewis Fowler.

  • Holben taught a cinematography Master Class in Shanghai 12/4-12/10 with the Dafeng Film School. http://movie1895.cn for more info.

  • Holben was named co-chair of the newly formed American Society of Cinematographer's Motion Imaging Technology Council Lens Committee.

  • Holben received Honorable Mention for the coveted Folio Award for Editorial Excellence for his American Cinematographer Article "Time and Space."

  • Bloody Disgusting calls Holben's Descent "The best one of the bunch" regarding All Hallow's Eve 2, an anthology film of shorts.

  • An hour-long podcast interview with Jay Holben for the Zach and Zack Podcast is now on iTunes

  • Interview with Jay Holben on The Slaughtered Bird about Alone at Shriekfest, 2014. In TESTIMONIALS / PRESS section.

  • Paranoid is honored as one of the Top 10 Stephen King short film adaptations ever by AllVoices.com. See TESTIMONIALS / PRESS section.