We are a boutique rental house specializing primarily in Optics. We are passionate about filmmaking and the nuanced design that goes into visual storytelling through a lens.
BECiNE is here to support filmmakers tell their stories with the best tools available in a space that is familiar and accomodating to our customers needs. Our goal is to provide competitive prices while maintaining high quality gear and offering excellent customer service + childcare upon request.
BECiNE was founded by cinematographer Bianca Halpern who has over ten years of experience working in the film/tv industry.
BECINE is Woman
Owned & Operated. meet the team Bianca Halpern owner & cinematographer
Bianca began her career as a cinematographer in Los Angeles, after obtaining an MFA in Cinematography. After graduating she returned to her hometown, São Paulo where she shot continuously in the industry. In 2016, Bianca returned to LA to open BECiNE, the first all-female run camera rental house offering clients childcare for prep days. Bianca is committed to facilitating a balance in family and filmmaking for wo/men.
biancahalpern.com Gillian Munro brand/marketing consultant
Gillian is a creative consultant for the film and fashion community with over 8 years of experience as a retailer, head buyer, and e-commerce director alongside an M.F.A in film directing. Gillian uses a synergistic way of seeing, feeling and thinking in order to create visually impactful customer experiences and clear intention of strategies for her clients and their brands.
gillianmunro.com Sierra Padilla office manager
When not on the move delivering and picking up gear, Sierra keeps the BECiNE office organized and upbeat. She joined the BECiNE team in hopes of supporting filmmakers like herself. In addition to assisting at BECiNE, Sierra is a comedy writer and director.
www.sierrapadilla.com Emily Inaba lead prep tech
From Tokyo, Japan and Los Angeles, California, Emily is a cinematographer and analog photographer who focuses on the concepts of diversity and perspective. A love for light and fashion greatly influence her art and she spends her free time in the darkroom or building pin-hole cameras.
emilyinaba.wixsite.com Aline Ballestero Prep Tech
(pronounced Ah – lee – nee) grew up in Brazil where she discovered her passion for storytelling and studied communications in college. In 2000, Aline started freelancing as a steadicam operator and in 2015 she fell in love and moved to the US! Aline brings her bright, upbeat persona to life at BECiNE, makes great espresso and continues to improve her “lens geek skills” as our Lens Tech in training.
alineballestero.com DAVID CORTEZ PREP TECH
David is a young, gifted, videographer and photographer, who has contributed his talents so kindly to BECINE throughout many of our events earlier this year. He was our first intern, demonstrating a sincere passion to learn every little piece of gear that passed through his hands, and is now a BECINE prep tech. In his free time he does what he does best, which can be seen on his web-site.