Interviews from "Expanded Cinematography":


"Shooting for Effects & Balancing the Work of the DP"

Interview with Oscar Winner Mauro Fiore, ASC (Credits include: Avatar, Training Day, Southpaw, The Island, and more!)


Q) What training/education did you receive to become a cinematographer?


Mauro Fiore, ASC: I received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College in Chicago.


Q) Do you expect in the future some kind of convergence between the "traditional" DP and visual effect/virtual cinematography expert into some kind of new profession or activity?


Mauro Fiore, ASC: I don't think there should be a distinction between a Visual Effects Cinematography and a Cinematographer. We are there to supervise how all the visuals of a film come together. A Cinematographer's knowledge is not only technical, but cultural, and should support a directors vision of a film.


Q) What technical invention(s) most affected the profession? How did it affect you creatively?


Mauro Fiore, ASC: Digital Cameras certainly have effected the profession within the last eight years. It took some adjusting, but I think now there are some positive aspects such as sensitivity to light, control of color and semi-finished instantaneous images.


Q) What do you enjoy most about being a Cinematographer?


Mauro Fiore, ASC: I enjoy the journey of a film, in other words, the voyage of the visual storytelling in each individual frame.


Q) What do you consider to be the greatest challenges of being a Cinematographer?


Mauro Fiore, ASC: The greatest challenge is to tell a visual story without being too literal or overbearing with the cinematography of a film.


Q) What filmmaker/DOP has influenced you?


Mauro Fiore, ASC: Sergio Leone for his sense of mythology. Vittorio Storaro for his operatic expression of light, and Janusz Kaminsky for his fearlessness.





"Cinematography for Feature Films"
with Guest Instructor Mauro Fiore, ASC

Learn from "Best Cinematography" Oscar Winner for "Avatar"

Oscar winning Cinematographer Mauro Fiore, ASC to join an upcoming Session of "Expanded Cinematography" to help students understand the collaborative process between DP and Visual Effects. Read our interview with Mauro, and apply here for our upcoming December Session with Mauro Fiore, ASC