AD 221 | Alice Brooks
Cinematography For "tick, Tick... BOOM!" and “In The Heights”

Alice Brooks (ASC) is a cinematographer who has photographed award-winning feature films, television shows, and commercials. Her next feature project is director Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of the hit musical Wicked.

Brooks most recently photographed tick tick…BOOM! for Netflix and Imagine Entertainment, directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and produced by Ron Howard.

Her other recent work includes the 2021 summer release of Miranda’s In The Heights directed by Chu. The film’s cinematography received widespread critical acclaim.

Brooks is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600. She became a member of the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers in Oct. 2021.

Show Notes:
  • Alice’s start in cinematography
  • Her childhood & the inspiration behind the film, “tick, tick... BOOM!”
  • Collaborating with director and long time friend, John Chu
  • Having a “Definite Chief Aim”
  • The gift of an existential crisis
  • The ebbs and flows of the film industry and working as a creative
  • Alice being one of 30 women to be accepted into the ASC
  • Finding creative kindred spirits
  • Following your dreams
  • Self-preservation
Alice’s Instagram

Posted 12.7.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino