Yesterday, Feb 3, I had the great pleasure of visiting with Franz Lustig, the Mobius 2010 Cinematographer of the Year, while he was working in L.A. Between bites of sushi, we talked about the fabulous qualities and benefits of working in film – “The only way to go,” said Franz. (Franz only shoots stills with a film camera, too, (it wasn’t even motorized) – which he was busy using during our lunch).
Since I’m an old school film person myself, I couldn’t have agreed more. He even shoots film at home of his young son’s activities and shows them on a film projector. Franz is part of that generation of younger DOPs that love the old school way of doing things when working on a production. He also spends part of his busy schedule doing seminars for young film students about the real world of film vs. the digital world. Directors love Franz because he is always bringing his inspiration and creativity to the set regardless of the type of production.
I’m looking forward to seeing him in Berlin on April 5 when I and Pierre Dechavanne, Kodak Germany, will be presenting him with the Cinematographer of the Year award. Met him at Irori in Marina del Rey. To be continued . . .(Lee Gluckman)