#1: From interview [by Filmz TV]

 

   


MARCEL ZYSKIND

 

Born: 1979, Denmark.

Career: Ph commercials dir by Walter Stern [for Rabobank], Chris Cunningham [for Gucci], Harmony Korine [for Budweiser], Peder Pedersen [for LU], Nicolai Fuglsig, a.o. Ph music videos.

Awards: European Film Award nom [2003] for 'In This World'; European Film Award nom [2004; shared] for 'Code 46'; San Sebastián IFF 'Best Cinematography Award' [2004] for '9 Songs'; KaraFilm Festival [Karachi IFF] 'Best Cinematography Award' [2006] for 'The Road to Guantánamo'.

Website: Marcel Zyskind


With a raft of features under his belt at the age of 27, Danish-born director of photography, Marcel Zyskind, appears to have had the kind of accelerated career that most twenty-somethings in the film industry can only dream of. In part, this is down to his successful collaboration with Michael Winterbottom, after a big break working as DoP on the prolific director's harrowing people-smuggling drama, 'In This World'. Shot on DSR-PD150Ps using anamorphic lenses to give it an epic, cinematic feel, the film incorporated several improvised and covertly-filmed scenes.
Zyskind has worked on all of Winterbottom's subsequent features. Now their latest collaboration, 'A Mighty Heart', has once again brought the duo back to Pakistan. While filming in Pakistan and India was never going to be as low key as previous Winterbottom endeavors, the feature is shot in the same bare documentary style as 'In This World' and 'The Road to Guantánamo', using an HDW-750P supplied by Arri Media, and using natural light where possible.

"We had to be quick and flexible. Filming was a case of driving around Mumbai, filming, jumping in a car again and moving on," recalls Zyskind. He admits that it was harder to shoot this way with 150 paparazzi following their every move. "The first day of the shoot in Mumbai, Dan Futterman and Angelina Jolie let the press take good shots of them walking in front of the hotel and by the beach. But then, when a week goes by and you still have lots of people chasing after you, it becomes a bit much. Sometimes we'd send out a decoy ahead of us and then go off and shoot in the opposite direction."
Because of previous problems getting official permission to shoot in Pakistan while filming 'The Road to Guantánamo', Zyskind traveled to Karachi alone as a 'tourist' to steal beauty shots for the film, and the Indian city of Pune doubles for Karachi in most of the dramatic scenes. According to Zyskind, digital cameras were a definite plus when it came to border control. "They are less conspicuous. It was easier to get in than if we'd had film cameras and crew," he says. 
Zyskind has learnt his craft mainly through experience and cut his teeth as a focus puller on fellow Dane Lars von Trier's 'Dancer in the Dark' in 1999. When the film's DoP Robby Müller landed a job working with Michael Winterbottom on the 2001 Manchester clubland feature, '24 Hour Party People', he took Zyskind with him to be a focus puller and camera operator using lots of DSR-PD150P camcorders.

For Zyskind it was to be the start of a relationship with a director who constantly looks to push the envelope in terms of both technology and production techniques. "Michael tries to throw things up in the air and see what happens."

Working with Winterbottom, a keen digital camera advocate, over the past seven years, Zyskind says that he has noticed a marked improvement in digital quality. "The picture is getting sharper and when you blow it up for the cinema, that's looking a lot sharper too."
Whatever type of camera he uses, he says that where he can he always tries to shoot with available light. "It's the most beautiful thing, although it's not always in the right place so you cheat a bit and use light panels with small LED lights on them, as we did on 'The Road to Guantánamo'."

Zyskind also keeps his hand in with 35mm, last year shooting 'Mister Lonely', an impressionist fairytale by US underground filmmaker Harmony Korine, which tells the story of a Michael Jackson look-alike lost in Paris.
So what ambitions lie ahead for a DoP who is still three years off his 30th birthday? "I try not to think about it too much," he says, "Six months ago I became a father - and that's what I call an achievement." [From the Sony Professional website, 7 May 2007.]


 

 FILMS

2002

Post [Phil Traill] v/c; short/7m

2002

In This World [Michael Winterbottom] DVcam (Sony PD150)+mdv (Sony PC-9)-to-35mm scope/b&w-c

2003

Code 46 [Michael Winterbottom] s35/c; cph: Alwin H. Kuchler; 2uc (dv): Anne Marie Lean-Vercoe; 3uc (dv): Roger Eaton & Sebastian Sharples

2003

Bullet Boy [Saul Dibb] s16-35bu/c

2003

9 Songs/Nine Songs [Michael Winterbottom] dv (Panasonic AG-DVX100A + Sony PD150)-to-35mm/c; 69m

2004

Goal! [scheduled as doph with dir Michael Winterbottom, but film was dir by Danny Cannon & ph by Michael Barrett]

2004

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story [Michael Winterbottom] HD (Sony F750)-to-35mm scope/c

2005

Wallander [ep #2 'Byfånen' dir by Jørn Faurschou (JF) & #3 'Bröderna' dir by JF] film series, 2005-06 & 2009; 2uc; ph: Peter Mokrosinski

2005

Quicken [Victoria Beattie] DigiBeta/c; short/13m

 

[Left] with Michael Winterbottom - "The Road to Guantánamo"

 

2005

The Road to Guantánamo [Michael Winterbottom & Mat Whitecross] dv (Panasonic AG-DVX100A)-to-35mm/c; tv-docudrama with limited theatrical release

2006

The 18th Electricity Plan [Glenn Leyburn & Lisa Barros D'Sa] b&w; short/15m

2006

Mister Lonely [Harmony Korine] s35+s16-to-35mm scope/c

 

Angelina Jolie - c.asst - MZ -  Michael Winterbottom - "A Mighty Heart"

 

2006

A Mighty Heart [Michael Winterbottom] HD (Panasonic AG-DVX100 + Sony F750)+35mm/Hawk Scope-to-35mm scope/c; green screen insert ph: Jim Whitaker

2006

Shooting 'Ghosts' [Marc Hoeferlin] c; doc/64m; cph: Nick Broomfield, M. Hoeferlin & Mark Wolf

2007

Genova [Michael Winterbottom] HD (Sony F750 & HVR-V1E)-to-35mm scope/c; addph UK: Sean Bobbitt & Simon Tindall; addph USA: Bob Long; hph: Luca Massa

2007

Mammoth [Lukas Moodysson] s35/c; filmed 2007-08

2008

Det hvide guld/The White Gold [Peder Pedersen] RED+HD (Panasonic AG-DVX100)-to-HD/c; short/28m

2009

The Killer Inside Me [Michael Winterbottom] s35/c; add doph: Sean Bobbitt

2010

Skyskraber/Skyscraper [Rune Schjøtt] c

2011

Everyday/Seven Days/Here and There [Michael Winterbottom] c; cph: Sean Bobbitt, James Clarke, Annemarie Lean-Vercoe & Simon Tindall; filmed a few weeks at a time over a period of 5 years (2007-11)

2011

Trishna [Michael Winterbottom] RED+HD (ARRI ALEXA + Canon EOS 5D Mark II)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Carlos Catalán

2011

Le Bodyguard Danois [Peder Pedersen] HD (Canon EOS)/c; short/35m; 'b' cam: Peter Holm Riis

2012

The Two Faces of January [Hossein Amini] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus/Hawk Scope)/c

2014

Sommeren '92/Denmark 92 [Kasper Barfoed] HD/c

 

 TELEVISION

2000

Den blinde maler [Nikoline Werdelin] tvm (filmed theatre perf); cph: Michael Berenth, Per Rasmussen, a.o.

2006

Ghosts [Nick Broomfield] tvm/HD (Sony F750 & HVR-Z1)-to-35mm; ph China; ph: Mark Wolf; also released theatrically

2009

Lulu & Leon [ph intro ep #1 'Brudte løfter' dir by Jannik Johansen (JJ), #5 'Faldne kvinder' dir by Natasha Arthy, #7 'Røveren der blev røvet' dir by Carsten Myllerup (CM) & #8 'Glædelig f#@king jul' dir by JJ & CM] 24-part series, 2009-10; 1st season, 2009-10; ph: Jens Maasbøl (#1), Aske Foss (#5) & Philippe Kress (#7-8)

2012

Forbrydelsen/The Killing [ep #31-32 dir by Mikkel Serup] 40-part series, 2007, 2009 & 2012; 3rd season/HD, 2012

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1995

MandagsChancen [?] tv-quiz show, 1995-2000; c.op

1997

John Cleeses fornemmelse for humor/John Cleese's Sense of Humour [Eddie Michel; tv-doc/28m] c.asst; ph: Claus Bie & Kim Frandsen

1998

Danmark i 1000 år [prod: Morten Jønsson; doc tv-series] co-c.asst; ph: Peter Skov

1998

Nattens engel/Angel of the Night [Shaky Gonzalez] c.asst; ph: Jacob Kusk

1999

Lykkehjulet [Morten Månsson] tv-quiz show/v, 1988-2001; c.op

1999

Dancer in the Dark [Lars von Trier] add c.op (+ focus puller); ph: Robby Müller

1999

D-dag [seg 'Lise' dir by Lars von Trier; tvm] c.asst; ph: Anthony Dod Mantle

2000

Rejseholdet/Mordkommissionen/Unit One [ep #12 'Assistancemelding A-26/00' & #13 'Assistancemelding A-28/00' dir by Martin Schmidt] c.op; ph: Lars Vestergaard

2000

Bäst i Sverige!/We Can Be Heroes! [Ulf Malmros] Steadicam op; ph: Mats Olofsson

2001

Leva livet/Days Like This [Mikael Håfström] Steadicam op; ph: Peter Mokrosinski

2001

24 Hour Party People [Michael Winterbottom] add c.op (+ focus puller); ph: Robby Müller

2001

Röd jul [Linus Tunström; tvm] Steadicam op; ph: Peter Mokrosinski

2001

Gabriels ord/Gabriel's Word [David Bjerre; short] Steadicam op; ph: Philippe Kress & Stephan Pehrsson

2001

28 Days Later.../29 Days Later [Danny Boyle] c.op 'b' cam (+ Steadicam op); ph: Anthony Dod Mantle

2001

La playa de los galgos/The Beach of the Greyhounds [Mario Camus] Steadicam op Denmark; ph: Jaume Peracaula

2002

Smala Sussie/Slim Susie [Ulf Malmros] Steadicam op; ph: Mats Olofsson

2003

The Deal [Stephen Frears; tvm] c.op (+ Steadicam op); ph: Alwin Kuchler

2005

Wallander [ep #7 'Den svaga punkten' dir by Jonas Grimås] co-c.op 2nd cam; ph: Peter Mokrosinski; see Films (2005)

2009

Submarino [Thomas Vinterberg] add c.op; ph: Charlotte Bruus Christensen