On March 9, 2016, WGN America debuted it’s new drama series Underground. Among the staff for the show is cinematographer and DFHS alumna Callie Moore. 

On March 9, 2016, WGN America debuted it’s new drama series Underground. Among the staff for the show is cinematographer and DFHS alumna Callie Moore. Since graduating from Dutch Fork, Callie has spent time studying the arts in North Carolina before beginning her career in New Orleans.

After high school I studied film for a while at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts,” Callie said. “I moved to New Orleans shortly after that and began as most people do, hustling on set as a production assistant on some projects shooting in town. After a few years of odd jobs and telling everyone who would listen to me that I wanted to work in the camera department, I finally got a shot to move up.”

Underground isn’t Callie’s first work in production though. She’s done camera work on the set of productions such as 10 Cloverfield lane, NCIS: New Orleans and American Horror Story. Her journey began when she joined both Silver Screen and The Renaissance under the guidance of publications advisor and Journalism teacher Amy Medlock-Greene.

“The person who created the environment where we all felt free and comfortable to create was Mrs. Amy Medlock-Greene. Everywhere else I felt out of place but when I walked into her classroom and we all started brainstorming stories I felt like myself,” Callie said. “We had all found a group of like minded people all from different backgrounds and social circles and a place we could grow as artists/journalists/people.”

Since her time at Dutch Fork Callie always wanted to work on sets. Callie’s work in publications allowed her to become more experienced with journalism and cinematography. It gave her the potential to follow her dreams.

“Callie had a dream to become a cinematographer when she was still in high school and I had no doubt that she was going to realize that dream,” publications advisor Amy Medlock-Greene said.

Her decision to go into cinematography was inspired by Medlock and her experience in writing and filming. A love of creating and discovering new things opened a new door for her, allowing Callie to use her skills and ideas for something more.

After becoming a member of the publication staffs, my favorite pastimes quickly became writing, shooting, and editing,” Callie said. “All the amazing opportunities those clubs allowed us like being involved in the community by not only informing of current events but also crafting our own short films and special features, nurtured a thirst for creating and exploring in me. The drive sticks with me through my career to this day.”

The use of not only writing but also filming to tell a story is an important skill for working with movies and shows.

She [Callie] has told me this, learning how to tell a story in print and on video is basically what movie making is and learning how to ask the right questions, learning how to find the whole story and to get the information that you need, those are all journalism skills,” Medlock said. “So she was able to use those skills to work on movie and tv sets.”

As with most jobs, hopefully Callie will continue to climb the ladder of filmmaking with success. Medlock and the rest of the publication staffers wish her the best of luck.

I have no doubt that Callie is going to be whatever she wants to be,” Medlock said. “I have no doubt in my mind that she will have at least one Oscar in the not so distant future.”

Story by Trey Rice, Chyna Wallace, Malik Brazille

Photo courtesy of Callie Moore