St. Louis, Missouri – Camera Crew – Manny Frances

About Manny

  • What cameras and equipment have you worked with the most?

I’ve worked with Sony the most, but I started off using Canon cameras. I like Sony since they’re moving the full-frame world. I’ve used the Panasonic EVA, RED Raven, and Canon C line cameras. Sony just keeps me in with their performance. As far as lighting, I work with Nanlite the most. I’m familiar with the Arri SkyPanel, some Kino Flo’s, and Apture lights, but Nanlite and Litepanels are my main ecosystem.

  • Do you specialize in a specific shoot style?

No, I’ve done various shoots from reality TV, live news, and interviews. I do have a favorite style of shoot which is documentary, I just love to be able to capture moments that we can look back at.

  • How long have you been filming?

I have been working professionally for about 2 years now, I mainly did event coverage and live sports before being hired. I’ve been capturing moments from a young age, but it started with a cheap Panasonic VHS camcorder. The moment that sparked my interest in media as a career was in 5th grade, they began a media production class and I loved electronics and cameras.

  • Do you have a favorite project you’ve worked on?

Yes, it was documenting a land art exhibition with an artist named Emmanuel Massillion. I got to interact with amazing people, capture some awesome dirt bike content, and connect with other creatives in Atlanta. I had some work get recognized and used in publications, I also enjoy working with UTA. They’re awesome to work with and have cool shoots.

Equipment List:


  • Sony Fx9
  • Sony Fs5
  • Sony A7Sii
  • Canon 70-200 f/2.8 lens
  • Canon 24-105 f/2.8 lens
  • Canon 24-70 f/2.8 lens
  • Sony 28-135 f/4.0 lens
  • Sachtler FSB 8 Tripod
  • Sachtler Video 20 Tripod
  • Elgato capture card
  • GoPro Hero 5
  • MYT 4’ slider
  • DJI Ronin-S Gimbal


  • 2x Nanlite 300
  • 2x Nanlite 60b
  • 2x Astra 6X Bi-color Litepanels
  • 2x Kobold DW 400 HMIs
  • 2x Nanlite PavoTubes 6c
  • Green Screen Backdrop
  • Black backdrop
  • Fresnel lenses w/barn doors


  • Sound Devices 633 Mixer
  • 4x Lectrosonics Transmitters
  • Lectrosonics IFB
  • Lectrosonics Stick Mic
  • 4x Lavalier Microphone 
  • Boom Pole Microphone
  • Tentacle Sync E 


  • 5x Arri As1 Stands
  • 2x Avenger D500B
  • 2x Avenger D200B
  • 4x MSE Matthewlini Clamps
  • 2x Manfrotto 5001B-1 Stand
  • Manfrotto 156LB Stand
  • Matthew Boom Mini
  • D200 Avenger Knuckle
  • MSE Knuckle
  • 3x Avenger Stand
  • Colored Gels
  • Suburban Inverter


  • Apple Macbook
  • LiveU 600

Clients Worked With:

WBD Sports, Assignment Desk, CNBC, Nascar, Omaha Productions, and More!

Still Captures