Oscar-winning cinematographer, John Seale.
Oscar-winning cinematographer, John Seale.

Star from behind-the-scenes of film in Noosa for Festival

OSCAR-winning cinematographer, John Seale will be in Noosa as patron and special guest of the Noosa International Film Festival this month.

John Seale, now retired, has had an acclaimed career working on iconic movies including Mad Max: Fury Road, The Talented Mr Ripley, Gorillas in the Mist, and The English Patient.

Seniors Newspaper asked John about his extraordinary career and the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making a movie.

"Some people may feel shooting a film is all hard work,” he said. "It is long hours, but if you accept the myriad challenges in front of you, then the day goes very quickly and enjoyably.

"If your heart is in the making of films, then there are very few days that are not enjoyable. Some are difficult, some tedious, some easy. It's always best to go with the flow.”

Locations all over the world, often in remote places with little infrastructure, present some of the biggest challenges to a film crew and involve a great deal of preparation.

"It could be anywhere in the world and the logistics of going to those far corners is a nightmare for the organisers,” John said. "But they too can be invigorated by that challenge and their endeavours are rewarded by the result of the film. The production team is always aware of weather and medical problems in foreign countries. The well-being of the actors and crews is paramount to the production being finished and the safety of all involved.”

After months of hard work in often strange locations, the result always excitd John and his team.

"The presentation of the result of a film is always a great and fulfilling moment,” he said. "To see all the different departments come together to present the finished film is such a great moment. All the actors and crews I have worked with are always very excited to go to premiers. To see all the work of all the people presented as a smooth and finished film gives all involved a sense of accomplishment over all odds. It is a wonderful cementing of relationships and friends that can be continued on other projects.”

Meet John Seale at the Noosa International Film Festival during October 25-28.

To find out more about tickets and sessions, go to niff.com.au.

 


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