Dec 27, 2023

Meet Slow Clap’s Camera & Post Production Assistant: Kiante Marron

Get to know Kiante a bit better with our quick Q&A interview.

Introduce yourself!

Hi! My name is Kiante. I was born and raised in Oakland. As a kid, I dreamed of being a pro-wrestler, but now I’m a filmmaker. At the age of 12, I started making Pro-Wrestling Stop Motion on Youtube. I wrestled throughout high school and continued my stop-motion animations. I decided to major in cinema at San Francisco State University. I made a short film during my last semester of my sophomore year and that is what inspired me to be a filmmaker today.


What made you interested in joining Slow Clap?

As a new filmmaker, my experience has mainly been short films. The process has been very fun and rewarding but definitely challenging. I’ve been a one-man band, working on a few music videos and weddings for a few friends and family. I’ve also filmed for a fitness competition, an episodic hunting video, and for the real estate industry. These experiences have helped me with producing videos for people. I was interested in Slow Clap because I wanted to join fellow filmmakers and learn the process of production. Slow Clap was a great fit for my goals because of the company's authentic, docustyle storytelling approach.

What’s your role? What made you gravitate towards this craft?

I am the Camera & Post Production Assistant and right-hand man to Jake Richards! Working with Slow Clap, I’ve learned the importance of transitioning from working solo to a team. I really enjoy interacting with the team as well as the clients. I especially enjoy making clients feel comfortable and at ease during the interview process. Sitting in front of the camera isn’t as easy as it seems!


Favorite Film? What am I watching?

My favorite film so far is Scarface because of Tony Montana’s character development. I loved  the character arc of leaving Cuba, going through from literal “rags to riches” which then takes an epic turn, leading to one of the greatest lines of all time: “Say hello to my little friend." I recently watched, The Killer, from one of my favorite directors, David Fincher. I will say it’s another banger from him.  

I take a lot of inspiration from my favorite directors and writers: David Fincher, Aaron Sorkin, Bong Joon Ho, Ryan Coogler, and Donald Glover. Thanks to my part-time job as an usher at the Grand Lake Theater, I recently saw Oppeheimer and Killers of the Flower Moon; two films from two of the greatest directors in cinema history. Experiencing these films on the big screen was amazing! 

Also, I’m writing a feature film script that spans various genres: Drama, Thriller, and Crime.   

Any Hobbies?

I love to read fiction and self-help. A must-read is ‘Psycho-Cybernetics,' as it changed my whole perspective on achieving life goals. I also enjoy bowling with friends, writing, and directing my short films. Here is one of my short films inspired by the bipping of cars that’s rampant in the Bay Area. I even submitted it to a horror short film contest!

Lastly, favorite projects you’ve worked on/seen from Slow Clap?

My favorite project so far is the client testimonial for InterPayments, which involved a trip to Orange County.  I enjoyed getting to know the crew that helped make the projects so eventful and professional. 

One of my favorite videos on the website is “The Story of Freemark Abbey as the story and cinematography is amazing.   
I was also heavily involved in the creation of this year’s Slow Clap Holiday card. I have a lot of experience in stop motion, so the team let me flex my creative muscles. A lot went into the creation of the project and I love the way it turned out.      
Meet the rest of the Slow Clap team, if you haven't already!

Dan Lichtenberg, Founder & Creative Director

Sarah Nathan, Producer

Katy Bailes, Producer

Beijo Lee Wang, Associate Producer

Jake Richard, Post-Production and Camera Manager

Alexander Flores, Junior Editor

Darissa Hicks, Production Coordinator

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