Producer/Director/Director of Photography
Over the past twenty years, Chris Benson has served as Director of Photography on a multitude of films, commercials, music videos, and documentaries. After graduating with departmental honors from Webster University in St. Louis Missouri, Chris immediately began shooting his first 16mm feature film Amateur Hour, which was very well received in his hometown city of St. Louis.
With the success of Amateur Hour, Chris moved on to photograph the Emmy award-winning short film Full Circle which premiered at the Urban World Film Festival in 2001. This success led to an adjunct professorship teaching film studies at Webster University.
In 1999 Chris’ first 35mm feature film Hairdo U brought him attention from producers in Los Angeles allowing him to shoot such feature films as Sy-Fy Channel’s Showdown at Area 51 , Ghost Image distributed by Fox International, Say Goodnight and Phase 4 Film’s The Tomb, the last of which took him to the Ukraine. Chris has also shot 2nd Unit/Additional Photography for such films as Alice Upside Down, Saving Shiloh, Saving Grace B. Jones directed by Connie Stevens, The Weinstein Co’s Killshot, and the Oscar nominated Paramount Pictures film Up In The Air.
The success of his Music Videos have led him to shoot such iconic characters as Nelly, Chingy, Richard Marx, Murphy Lee, Lil Wil, and Yo Gotti.
Chris’ commercial work continues to grow everyday and he has won many Telly Awards and regional Emmys for his clients which have included Trendmasters Toys, Scottrade, Verizon Wireless, St. Louis Rams, Honda, Aunt Jemima, Anheuser-Busch, Bacardi, the U.S. Army and the St. Louis Cardinals.
In 2005 Chris became the only Local 600 Union registered D.P. in the state of Missouri.
Location Sound Mixer / Camera Utility / Manager
After serving 15 years in the United States Marine Corps, Jamison Sweet started in the audio industry in 2007. First starting off as a DJ in the St. Louis area. Later found himself being requested to run and capture audio for conference throughout the United Stated and some abroad for multiple companies.
In 2009 he met with and worked on many productions with Chris Benson of Lamplight Films. Since that time he become part of the management team at Lamplight and is also the Location Sound Mixer.
Taylor Bevirt started out as an intern at Lamplight Films in the spring of 2013, while attending Webster University. In just two years he has worked on dozens of music videos, narrative shorts, and commercials, for clients such as McDonalds, HGTV, and the St. Louis Cardinals, and two feature films.