MIG Gets Visual with the McGyver of Photography, Drew Bosarge

MIG Employee Spotlight Blog

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What does the role of Director of Photography at MIG entail?

DREW
I’m a lighting director, a shooter, a producer, still photographer, audio engineer, a director, sometimes I handle every aspect of still or video shoots and sometimes I do them all at once – literally.

Drew Studio with car

Drew circa 2004 in MIG’s studio in Boca Raton, FL!

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How long have you been a master of all things?

DREW
I’ve been at MIG for 32 years, In fact, I was one of the guys who built the original MIG studio. I also built the second studio at the former MIG facility and then the studio we have now at our current facility in Boca Raton. The first one was no bigger than a milk crate, and now, well it’s a different story.

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What’s your favorite thing to shoot?

DREW
It would have to be anything outdoors. If I can get outside, I’m in heaven. I love the kind of shoots where you can slide down sand dunes.

Drew shooting

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What makes for a great Director of Photography?

DREW
Being able to come up with solutions on the fly. Give me a piece of bubble gum and string and I’ll figure it out. I’m the McGyver of photography. I’ve been in impossible situations where I’m running on a limited budget, limited time – sometimes both, and I always figure out a way to make it work. Failure can never be an option! Second would be dealing with client expectations versus the reality of the situation. The other would be overcoming the advent of iPhone videos; this makes a lot of clients question budgets.

It’s our job to let them know that subpar quality is not the best way to represent your brand story, especially in a country where people consume up to 6 hours of television a day; we’re bombarded with very high production value every day. So when you see something not up to par, it stands out like a sore thumb, it looks like amateur hour. You really need to up your brand representation if you want to stand out from XYZ Company.

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What do you love most about what you do?

DREW
It’s never the same. When my dad was alive we’d watch Jeopardy together. And I would know the weirdest answers to the weirdest things. I have a database of weird things based on my shoots: How wire is made, how soap is manufactured. I’ve learned many faucets of many industries out there, from textiles to machinery. I live in constant learning mode. I might not know the industry in the beginning, but I will after the shoot.

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What inspires you?

DREW
Honesty with people inspires me more than anything, and the outdoors inspires me. “There’s no such thing as bad weather just inappropriate clothing.”

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