Roman Chalupnik I come from photography and documentary film and would describe myself, primarily, as an observer. I soon understood that I would want to stick with fictional film and I became aware, in the course of the many student films I made, that I had acquired the ability to express myself through images the way a musician does with his or her instrument.

It's difficult to comment on the issue of personal, autobiographical traces in one's work as a cinematographer. But since it is difficult it is also challenging. And the challenge itself is one of the driving forces behind my artistic expression. Not to be seen or understood in a competitive way with the outside world, but with my own personal inner world. As the camera is an instrument for capturing pictures, and so is, if you like, an instrument through which the world could be seen in a special manner, it functions like an artificial eye, recording what it sees. Yet for me the camera is an instrument for telling a story and broadcasting some part of your personality to the audience by the way you structure the captured frame, by the way you use the gradients on the stock, the colours of light and darkness. And so the camera becomes something like a pen and the films that emerge are like my written essays. And as essays are always, or should always be, a personal and individual expression of thought and story, the most fitting description of my camerawork would be to call it autobiographic. My films and the looks I go for are nothing less than a compendium of pictures from the past, and given the right sets and locations I would work up from long lost artefacts of my childhood that I long to recreate.

When I initially arrived at the decision to become a cameraman, I never doubted for a moment that I would eventually be successful. I worked hard throughout the six years at the film school and I very much wish to continue that level of work.

Mag.Roman Chalupnik
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