Interview with cinematographer Fivos Imellos

  • What personality or character traits are necessary to excel in being a cinematographer/DP?

The most important of all is to have aesthetics of the frame. To work always with consideration of the object of recording in relation to the space that it’s located.

  • In terms of cinematographers, who do you like?

I don’t know many names of cinematographers. I think my favourite person is Robert Richardson cause I love his cinematic realistic look.

  • What makes good cinematography?

Τhe combination of lighting and camera movement, which is directly related to the feeling of each scene.

  • What makes a good camera? And what has been your favorite camera to use?

DP is not the sector I would like to pursue in professionally. So I’m not so worried about which kind of camera I’m going to shoot with. Cinema can be done with any kind of camera. For me, it matters what you want to say with the filmmaking

  • Do you think that cinematographer’s work has changed when movies went from film to digital?

Τhe technical process has changed of course. But since I’m just 21 years old. I’ve never worked with film in my life. I don’t know what the virtual effect of the film is. I grew up when everything was already digital.

  • Now that people watch films on TV, computers and even their phones, do you think about that end experience when you are shooting?

Day by day the cinema is getting closer and closer to the spectators in different ways. Now technology allows you to watch a movie from your mobile phone. This is a good thing, but no technology is compared to the feeling of a movie played in the cinema. I feel frustrated that people don’t go to the cinema often.

  • Which one is more important: light or shadow?

I think both!

  • What is the cinematographer’s involvement in pre-production, production and post-production?

In pre-production he has to check the director’s decoupage and they have to create together the final one.During production, he must be the director’s second hand because in many cases he holds the camera himself, he must be the eyes of the director’s vision.During post-production, director and D/P have to check together the final colour correction.

  • What involvement in the production budget does the cinematographer/DP have?

None on the big productions. In small productions he may use his own camera, and his lens too. 

  • What is your most valuable advice for being a Cinematographer/DP?

I don’t think I’m the right person to answer that question since I don’t wish to deal with the D/P sector professionally. Right now I am trying to be a good screenwriter and director.