"I believe in the emotional impact of cinematic images. The pursuit of cinema and the challenge of accomplishing a tight schedule are what keep me in the game. I love shooting films."
Givens was raised in North Carolina and discovered his interest in photography as a kid, learning the rules of exposure and composition by teaching himself on his 35mm Pentax SLR. His fascination with the medium grew as he began to watch more and more films.
He took this drive to make images to The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking where he learned the theory behind great storytelling and the mechanics behind the motion picture industry. Once in Los Angeles, he began working his way up through the ranks from focus puller, to operator, to cinematographer.
In 2013, Givens was honored by International Cinematographers Guild in the 17th Annual EMERGING CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARDS for his work on the short film, THE RIDE.
In 2014, Givens lensed I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS [Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Malin Akerman, and Sam Elliott], his 3rd feature collaboration with director Brett Haley. It premiered to standing ovations at Sundance 2015. It was released theatrically by BLEEKER STREET to 290 screens nationwide.
Givens re-teamed with Brett Haley in 2016 to shoot THE HERO. The film premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2017. THE HERO was released theatrically by THE ORCHARD on over 400 Screens.
Givens' TV credits include work on Ryan Murphy's 9-1-1 : Season 1, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Season 8, and Julie Plec’s LEGACIES: Season 2. As well as operating and shooting 2nd Unit on Fox's LETHAL WEAPON and Ryan Murphy’s newest effort for NETFLIX, RATCHED [Sarah Paulson, Sharon Stone, Vincent D’Onofrio]
Givens re-teamed with Brett Haley in 2018 for ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES, staring Elle Fanning, Justice Smith, Luke Wilson and Keegan Michael Key. Produced by Echo Lake Entertainment for NETFLIX.
Givens is currently prepping his next film with Haley, SORT OF LIKE A ROCKSTAR for NETFLIX, shooting this fall.
Rob has honed his ability to take leadership of a crew and provide a positive, pro-active set environment. He is confident in his efficiency and prides himself on his ability to deliver beautiful photography within the confines of a tight schedule.
Rob is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600.