I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1976 with a BA degree in psychology. I began my filmmaking career in 1977 after completing the Professional Filmmaker’s Workshop at NYU in the summer of 1977. It was the summer of Son of Sam and the big New York Blackout. It all made for a very memorable summer in my life. I returned to North Carolina and begin pursuing my career. Over the past 32 years I have had the pleasure and opportunity to act as Director of Photography on four regional Emmy winning documentaries and several others that received prestigious awards. I have traveled to and worked in 35 different states and over twenty countries on five continents. On a trip to Kenya I had the opportunity to photograph wild animals roaming about the Masai Mara National Reserve, while there to document the installation of a swinging bridge over a river to help the Masai villagers travel safely during rainy seasons. In India we visited and documented the Banjara Tribe, a nomadic tribe known for their colorful celebrations. I have also traveled to Zambia, South Africa, Jordan, Turkey, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal and Tibet where I have had the opportunity to photograph many indigenous peoples any many compelling stories of life in other cultures. In the last few years I have concentrated on long form documentaries that explore various people’s cultures and how those cultures are intertwined with society in general. Below is a complete list of feature length documentaries I have served on. The passion for my vocation has grown steadily throughout my career and remains with me to this day.
If you want your video/film project to have that certain something that makes it stand out, then Warren is the DP you want. A master of light and composition, he approaches every job, every scene as a chance to make something beautiful. He loves what he does and it shows on the screen.
- Julie Dixon, Words and Pictures
You know how people talk about surrounding themselves with exceptional collaborators? You actually get that every single time you work with Warren Gentry. His visual story telling is so incredibly strong and his dedication to providing a professional and creative product continues to be the yardstick by which I measure everyone else in the film/video production business. You want to make yourself look smart...hire this man!
- Peyote Perryman, Digital P Media
Warren is the creme de la creme of video storytellers. His vast experience, unparalleled artistry, and well-rounded personality put him in a category that only a few can ever reach. I've had the pleasure of working alongside him as well as editing footage he created, and I always relish the chance to work with him again.
- Jim Haverkamp, Shadowbox Studios