How does LaBella approach those scenes?
While the show typically shoots on weekdays, weekends aren’t always out of the question, King says: “If the family had something coming up where they want to shoot, then we had a crew that could rally and get those spontaneous moments.”
That means the camera crew for the new Hulu series simply titled “The Kardashians,” headed by cinematographer Travis LaBella, had to be “ready for anything at any moment if a storyline should present itself,” says the DP.
LaBella worked with showrunner Danielle King to elevate the freshly formatted series for its new home at Hulu. “Our overall approach was to make the show look a lot more cinematic — to upgrade and elevate the cameras, the lenses and the interview look,” says King.
In another episode, LaBella is in a car with Khloé and Kris. Kris fields a call from Travis Barker explaining how he is going to propose to Kourtney Kardashian. “We had no idea what was going to happen, and one of the biggest stories of the season was about to happen,” LaBella says. It was a little rougher — we didn’t have many cameras [given] what the scene would bring — but at least we had one rolling.” “It was huge, and you feel the weight of the moment.
One example is a phone call in Episode 1, with Kim packing for her “Saturday Night Live” appearance. When her son Saint reveals that the Roblox video game mentions a “new” sex tape of her featuring unreleased footage from her original 2007 tape, she fields calls to her legal team and can’t hide how upsetting she finds the situation.
“We started the day with an interview with Kris. “Today is a great example,” King says. But we have producer cams — and a producer that can shoot, mic and produce when needed.”” /> As we were wrapping up, I got a call from Kourtney, saying that she was about to go do a podcast, and that was not on our schedule. But when LaBella is in one place and something else is happening with another family member, that’s when other members of the team step in.
The key to keeping up with the family is access — unprecedented access. For the past 15 years, the Kardashians have been one of the most famous families on camera and off.
“There are a few moments when I’m tighter on her to get in her emotional space, but when the family [sister Khloé and mom Kris Jenner] leave, I went wide to show the full room. I also try to emphasize some of those moments, showing the subject in the spaces — and you let the camera breathe a bit.” It’s just her sitting there, alone, and there are clothes on the floor.
LaBella’s guidelines about which family members he would have access to and where provided a loose framework, but that, too, could all change dramatically at a moment’s notice.
“We didn’t want to over-light the scenes. It was about embracing the natural style.” It was only during sit-down interviews that he could more easily compose the frame and reflect the styles of the individuals. Often, LaBella didn’t know what would be happening and didn’t have time to stage scenes. Making use of tools including drone cams, he approached the filming style as “more fly on the wall,” he says.

Some of the other similarly sized and equally sumptuous mansions in The Oaks enclave are owned by Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine Jackson, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, Jay McGraw, older son of syndicated daytime television chat show host Phil McGraw, and reality television’s Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, the latter of which bought her 9,200-square-foot Spanish sprawler in 2014 for $7.2 million from Justin Bieber.
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In addition to seven en suite bedrooms and nine full and two half bathrooms, the estate property offers a gigantic 15-car subterranean garage, a handful of indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and a poolside guesthouse. Further safeguarded by a high-tech security system, the stately, 15,016-square-foot generically Mediterranean but Italianate-ish mansion sits on two gated and largely landscaped acres in the gated The Estates at The Oaks enclave inside the wealthy, guarded-gates of The Oaks of Calabasas development.
Arranged around a double wide island with dark wood cabinetry, dark granite counter tops and every stainless steel appliance money can buy, the cook-friendly kitchen opens to a spacious informal dining room that gives way to a family room that spills out through more arched French doors to the backyard and swimming pool. A grandiose, double-height foyer with curved staircase and a central reception gallery with inlaid tile floor leads to a cavernous multi-purpose living and entertaining space with over-scaled chevron pattern wood floors, florid Corinthian columns, and humongous floor-to-ceiling arched French doors that open the room to a vast, stone-paved dining loggia that easily accommodates two-dozen diners under a system of retractable canvas awnings.
By almost any standard, and certainly for mere financial mortals who struggle to keep their monetary heads above water, the sale price is a tremendous sum of money. But, alas, it’s but 42% of the pie-in-the-sky $15.995 million asking price the property was saddled with when it came up for sale in April of this year — it was also listed in 2017 but at $15 million — and, in some ways, an even more remarkable $4.75 million below than the final asking price of $13.995 million. Even worse for the R&B singer, always entertaining reality TV sassy pants, and former “The Real” talk show co-host, the sale price is also $1.25 million less than the $10.5 million she and now estranged record executive husband Vincent Herbert paid for the property in April of 2013.
After years of numerous liens filed against the property by the homeowner’s association and a few serious flirts with foreclosure, Tamar Braxton must surely be relieved to sell her plushly customized Calabasas, Calif., mansion for $9.25 million.
Other luxuries of note include an office, games room, wine cellar, and professional quality gym, not to mention a recording studio, a barbershop and what listing descriptions call a “glam room.” The column-supported loggia that runs along the back of the house overlooks a flat, grassy yard with a resort style swimming pool and spa set against a serene, open view over the surrounding canyons and mountain tops.