Brigman Foster-Owens was born and raised in Southern California and has the rare distinction of being a second-generation filmmaker. Brigman received his Masters of Fine Arts in Cinematography from the prestigious AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE in Hollywood, California in 2007. Brigman was versed in the art of cinematic story telling under the tutelage of award winning cinematographers Bill Dill, ASC, Stephen Lighthill, ASC and his mentor, John Simmons, ASC.
In 2004 Brigman was awarded his Bachelor of Science degree in Photography from FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY. During his junior year, Brigman became the first photographer to win the “BY LINE BLITZ AWARD” from The FAMUAN newspaper for his outstanding photographic contributions (with over a hundred photographs published) as the newspapers’ Photo Editor. While a student at Florida A&M University Brigman published his critically acclaimed book of Black & White photographs titled, OUTSIDE LOOKING IN and was one of five students invited to participate in a Photography Retreat with professional photographers.
Upon graduation from Florida A&M University Brigman attended BROOKS INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY in Ventura, California as a film major. It was at Brooks Institute of Photography that Brigman started developing his craft as a cinematographer. Within a period of one year, Brigman’s film credits as a Director of Photography included eight short films and two music videos (of which he also served as camera operator) utilizing 16 mm film and HD. It was not long before Brigman’s professor at Brooks recognized his special gifts as a cinematographer and suggested that he apply to The American Film Institute.
At 23 years old, Brigman was one of the youngest students accepted in the Masters of Fine Arts Cinematography degree program at The American Film Institute. While a student at The American Film Institute Brigman worked on more than 60 short films in various capacities on the camera crew. He was the cinematographer on three AFI films and the critically acclaimed short film; THREE VERSES which he shot on 35mm. Brigman was also the cinematographer, writer and director of the music video PINS & NEEDLES, by SEVEN STITCHES. Brigman gave the 35mm music video its own unique look by using cross processing. The music video, PINS & NEEDLES was also nominated by All Access Magazine in the category, Best Hard Rock Music Video in 2007.
Considered one of Hollywood’s up and coming cinematographers, Brigman has served as Director of Photography on more than 25 short films, numerous music videos, commercials and a reality television series. His latest film, THE CLUB starring Tommy Ford (Martin Lawrence TV Series) will be released in 2008. One of his latest short films, as Director of Photography was for a Filmaka Ford Mustang contest titled “SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY,” in 2008.