The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography: CAMERIMAGE took place last month in Bydgoszcz, Poland. A whole week dedicated to films, workshops and seminars, plus the chance to check out the latest in film cameras and meet some of the industry’s leading cinematographers.
Highlights were watching Phedon Papamichael ASC cinematographer of Walk The Line and 3:10 to Yuma, doing what he does best in a lighting workshop, and speaking with legendary cinematographers Michael Seresin ONZM BSC of Midnight Express and Steven Poster ASC of Donnie Darko and Rocky. Also got to watch some great films including Nightcrawler, Jack Strong, Difret, Agnieszka, The Theory of Everything and Fury just to name a few.
All round it was a great and inspiring week:
“A film is like a gothic cathedral. It is brought into being as a result of a creative co-operation of artists of various professions – all directed by ‘magister operis’, the director. It is mainly directors and actors (who are like sculptures and paintings decorating the cathedral) who attract attention at festivals, competitions or film reviews.
The role of cinematographers and their importance as contributors to the visual effect of the whole construction – the final shape of the film picture – is usually under appreciated.
Yet, the creation of moving pictures by means of a camera goes back to the sources of the cinema and camera story-telling, in which a picture, equally with the plot, accumulates the meaning. This would not be possible without the great art of cinematographers.”
– Marek Żydowicz, Festival Director