Christophe Graillot is a true artistic talent. Just watch the recent film A BAG OF MARBLES to see how he conveys a story through light and shadows. It was on honor interviewing him: Matthew Toffolo: Where were you born and raised? Was photography something you always wanted to do as your career? Christophe Graillot: I… Continue reading Interview with Cinematographer Christophe Graillot (A Bag of Marbles, La Garde)
Dan Stoloff is one of the top television cinematographers working today. He also DP’d the films TUMBLEWEEDS, MIRACLE and CROOKED ARROWS to name a few. It was an honor interviewing him. Check out his website and list of credits at: http://danstoloff.com/ Matthew Toffolo: Where were you born and raised? Was photography something you always wanted… Continue reading Interview with Cinematographer Dan Stoloff (Suits, The Americans, Zoo)
It was a true honor interviewing the extremely talented Director of Photographer Tristan Oliver. Every single film he’s worked on has turned out great. And there’s not many people you can say that statement about! If you don’t believe, simply go to his website and watch some of the short films he’s worked on and… Continue reading Interview with Cinematographer Tristan Oliver (Isle of Dogs, ParaNorman, Fantastic Mr. Fox)
It was an honor for the extremely talented DP, Frank G. DeMarco, to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer a set of questions for this interview. https://www.frankiedemarco.com Matthew Toffolo: Where were you born and raised? Frank G. DeMarco: I was born in Baltimore, Maryland. After studying abroad in Italy and Austria,… Continue reading Interview with Cinematographer Frank G. DeMarco (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, All is Lost)
It was a pleasure to have the very talented Director of Photographer Tobias Datum answer some questions. Go to his website for more information: www.tobiasdatum.com Matthew Toffolo: Is there a project to date that you’ve worked on that you’re most proud of? Not really. I do love all the things I have worked on. I put… Continue reading Interview with Cinematographer Tobias Datum (Imposters, Mozart in the Jungle)
After completing his postgraduate studies at the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI), Jon has been part of the team in great productions of the likes of Twilight, Eclipse or Fright Night, among others. He currently works as a cinematographer for several fiction and publicity projects in both the United States and Latin America. It was… Continue reading Interview with Cinematographer Jon Aguirresarobe
Although there is a romance and nostalgia for film negative, digital imaging has really improved lighting for movies. We are much more comfortable with underexposing now than in the past. Of course Savidis, Khondji and Willis did great underexposing and making bold lighting choices, but now you see modestly budgeted TV shows that look bold and interesting.
Kjersti Steinsbø’s feature film HEVN (Revenge) is a fascinating take on a classic movie plot. What happens when you seek revenge? It also tackles the subject of sexual abuse and the men who get away with it. HEVN is currently playing at the TIFF Lightbox in downtown Toronto. HEVN is a terrific film and it… Continue reading Interview with Director Kjersti Steinsbø (HEVN)
The biggest change in our industry has been the choice of material that studios and most independent financing companies green light, as what films are made. It used to be that a film like ORDINARY PEOPLE would have no problem going forward, especially with a good director attached. Now, great films like that rarely get made anymore. I miss that.
People have a tendancy to talk about technology too much. They try to overwhelm you with tech-gargle. You can’t get caught up in this. It’s all about the result.
It’s easier to worry about the tools. It’s hard to really talk about your skills and talent. What you are capable of. The tools will only take you so far. Technology will always have its limits.