SOC Creative Spotlight:

A conversation with Manolo Rojas, SOC & Pauline Edwards, SOC

Hosted by Kristin Petrovich

Snowfall, FX’s crime saga set in Los Angeles against the backdrop of the crack epidemic, weaves together a tapestry of stories from characters whose lives are affected by the drug—whether that’s dealer-turned-kingpin Franklin Saint or CIA operative Teddy McDonald working undercover in Mexican cartels to root out communism in Central America. Snowfall was created by John Singleton, Eric Amado, and Dave Andron and stars Damson Idris, Carter Hudon, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Michael Hyatt, Amin Joseph, Angela Lewis, and Isaiah John.

In this Camera Operator conversation, Manolo Rojas, SOC, and Pauline Edwards, SOC—the camera operating team for Snowfall’s fourth season—talk about their histories in the film business, what led them to their work on Snowfall, and how the diverse crew for this series became its own sort of family that stood out from many of the sets they’ve worked on in the past.

Also highlighted in this conversation is the chemistry and trust that’s required between operator and DP, how distancing protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic ironically brought them closer as an operating team, and what it meant for them to be recognized as the 2022 Camera Operators of the Year for Television.

SOC Creative Spotlight: Snowfall

A conversation with Manolo Rojas, SOC & Pauline Edwards, SOC

Hosted by Kristin Petrovich


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Above Photo: From left, Damson Idris as Franklin Saint and Sergio Peris-Mencheta as Gustavo Zapata in SNOWFALL. Photo by Ray Mickshaw/FX

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An Introduction to the SOC Creative Spotlight: Snowfall


Sony VENICE with Rialto Extension System  

Vantage One T1 Lenses (Episodes 1–4)  

Zeiss Super Speed, Zeiss Standard Speed, Kowa Cine Prominar (Episodes 5–10)  

DJI Ronin 2 Remote Heads  

Chapman/Leonard Hustler IV & Chapman/Leonard Peewee Dollies


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Making the Transition from Unscripted to Narrative in the Summer 2020 Camera Operator

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Manolo and Pauline would like to thank the crew of Snowfall Season 4:

Alex Lim, 1st AC A camera 

Gina Victoria, 2nd AC A camera 

Prentice Smith, 1st AC B camera 

Jose De Los Angeles, 2nd AC B camera 

Jeffery “JD” Douglas, A camera dolly grip 

Sebastian “Seabass” Beno, B camera dolly grip 

Fernando Zacarias, loader

Jacques Vincent, utility

Aidan Ostrogovich, utility