NATASHA BRAIER   ADF

 

Born: 11 December 1974, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Education: Instituto Vocational de Arte, Argentina [1983-86]; Escuela de Fotografia Creativa, Buenos Aires, Argentina [1990-92]; Centre d'Estudis Cinematogràfics de Catalunya [CECC], Barcelona, Spain; National Film and Television School [NFTS], Beaconsfield, UK [1998-2001; MA Cinematography; she ph 8 dram shorts, 3 doc's, 4 commercials (e.g. 'Fusion'), 1 anim film and 2 music videos].

Career: 'It is difficult to say when I first became interested in cinematography. I did a degree in still photography and after a few years I started to realize that there was something called a Director of Photography in films and became interested in that. I decided to move from photography to cinematography. I went to Spain and studied at the official film school in Barcelona. I made a few short films and decided I wanted to go to a really good film school. At the same time I was making lots of shorts so I was getting a lot of experience. I did some research and found the National Film and Television School in the UK, where they offered a Master's Degree in Cinematography. I applied and spent three years there. The school was very technically orientated. It wasn't like the experience of going to art school. They train excellent technicians and it's not a very arty atmosphere. I've always approached cinematography much more from an artistic point of view rather than a technician's point of view, so it was really useful. By the time I graduated I had a showreel. And I started to look for an agent, because that's what I was told I was supposed to do when I graduated. The first year was not so easy, there wasn't much work. I kept doing lots of short films for not much money. Then the network of connections that you've built up over the years starts growing and people start getting proper jobs. I did about five shorts a year and survived on shooting commercials and music videos.' [From interview with Jamie Russell on the BBC Film Network website, 10 May 2007.]

'My break into features came with 'Glue' directed by Alexis Dos Santos, whom I had shot many short films with at Film School in Beaconsfield. The film won in Rotterdam and participated in more than 20 international film festivals, collecting a lot of awards, and that was the platform that made my work known to many other directors and filmmakers. That took me to shoot two films in 2006: 'En la ciudad de Sylvia' directed by emblematic Catalan art house director José Luis Guerín, and 'XXY' directed by Argentinean director Lucía Puenzo. 'XXY' won the Best Film Prize at the Cannes Film Festival Critic's Week in 2007, together with 3 other awards in Cannes, and more than 10 International Film Festivals awards. After that I came back to London and was lucky to work with one of my favorite British directors, Shane Meadows, on the film 'Somers Town', which initially was meant to be a 30m short film, but ended up being a 75m film and won the 'Michael Powell Award' at the Edinburgh IFF [2008]. I started to shoot commercials and music videos in London, hoping to stay home for a while, but shortly after I went to Peru to shoot 'La teta asustada' with Peruvian director Claudia Llosa. That was a wonderful experience that not only got us the Golden Bear in Berlin and a Best Cinematography Award at the International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers, but we also got nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. After that I felt I really needed some time at home and for a couple of years I just shot commercials and music videos in London, and one small comedy with my friend Josh Appignanesi called 'The Infidel'. I learned a lot from the commercials world. I experimented with all the toys and expensive equipment that I couldn't afford in my low budget art house movies, and met a lot of top professionals that became my regular crew and family. Early this year [2012] I shot a short film for the Olympics with Scottish director Lynne Ramsay called 'Swimmer', which was an amazing experience. I had always admired Lynne's work and it was wonderful to work with her. I'm very proud of the art piece we did together. That really made me exited about making films again. So I took a movie called 'Casse-tête chinois' with French director Cédric Klapisch, shooting two months in New York and one in Paris, which I just completed. I enjoy mixing films and commercials. I think both worlds are totally different and even if my heart is with films, I enjoy commercials and the different challenges they present, and the possibility to keep training and meeting new people.'

Ph 100+ commercials. Ph 20+ music videos, e.g. 'You Are So Apricot' [a: Flor Braier; d: Nico Casavecchia].

Worked as a press ph for a year before moving to Barcelona.

Teaches at the Estudio de Cine, Barcelona. Gave a masterclass at the Edinburgh IFF [2010].

Awards [selection]: New York FF 'Kodak Award' for Best Cinematography [2002] for 'Life and Death on Exmoor'; Women in Film and Television 'New Talent Award' [2007]; Academia de las Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas de la Argentina 'Premio Sur' for 'Mejor Fotografía' nom [2007] & Asociación de Cronistas Cinematográficos de la Argentina 'Premio Cóndor de Plata' [Silver Condor] for 'Mejor Fotografía' nom [2008] for 'XXY'; Manaki Brothers 'Golden Camera 300' Award [2009] for 'La teta asustada'.

Website: Natasha Braier


 

 FILMS, TELEVISION & INTERNET

1996

Infinita [Fabián Fattore] 16mm/c; short/9m; prod CECC

1997

Contactos [Diego Pastor] 16mm/c; short/11m; prod CECC

1999

Axolotl [Alexis Dos Santos] 16mm/c; short/16m; prod NFTS

1999

Swimming in a Sick Head [Victoria Hung] c; anim/4m; prod NFTS

2000

Napkin [Marianela Maldonado] 16mm/c; short/14m; prod NFTS

2000

Life and Death on Exmoor [Cosima Spender] s16-35bu/c; doc/23m; cph: Sebastian Serraute; prod NFTS

2000

Fe [Erica Dunton] b&w-c; short/12m

2000

Sand [Alexis Dos Santos] 16mm-to-35mm scope/c; short/20m; prod NFTS

2000

The Look of Happiness [Marianela Maldonado] 16mm-35bu/c; short/25m; prod NFTS

200?

The Idyll [Joachim Trier] ?; short/?m; prod NFTS

200?

Fountain of Love [Harry Sinclair] 16mm/c; short/5m

200?

Saint Fortunat Story [Harry Sinclair] c; short/7m

200?

Confessions of DJ Cupid [Toby MacDonald] DigiBeta/b&w; short/?m

2001

Taut [Charlotte Darbyshire] ep #3 (5m) of 4-part dance series; ep of Channel 4 arts series 'Slot Art' (2001-02)

2001

Underlined [Gillian Lacey] ep #4 (5m) of 4-part dance series; ep of Channel 4 arts series 'Slot Art' (2001-02)

2001

All About Desire: The Passionate Cinema of Pedro Almodovar [Nick Cory Wright] tv-doc/49m; cph: Joan Bricolle, Tim Knight, a.o.

2002

The Fishmonger [Jonathan Soper] DigiBeta/c; short/5m

2002

Mi vida sin mí/My Life Without Me [Isabel Coixet] s16-35bu/c; 2uc (+ 2ud); ph: Jean-Claude Larrieu

2002

Spyhole [Jodhi May] c; short/7m

2002

Jealousy [Dania Saragovia] c; short/8m

2002

Stjernekigger/Stargazer [Christina Rosendahl] DigiBeta/c; mus doc/72m; ph title seq; ph: C. Rosendahl, Philippe Kress, a.o.

2002

The Essence of Combat: Making 'Black Hawk Down' [?] mdv/c/V; 'making of' (collection of several doc's)/150m; co-c.op mdv; ph: Jonathan Buss

2002

We Got Old [Rachel Davies] c; dance film/10m

2002

Gold [Rachel Davies] 16mm/b&w; exp dance film/10m

2002

Moonlight [Myoung-woo Kim] ?; short/25m; prod LFS

2003

London Birds Can't Fly [Sarah Turner] 16mm/c; exp short/11m

2003

Viaje al Corazón de la Tortura/Libres de la tortura [Isabel Coixet] c; doc/72m; 2uc (Sarajevo): Alexis Dos Santos

2003

77 Beds [Alnoor Dewshi] 16mm-35bu/c; short/10m

2003

Being Bad [Laurence Coriat] dv-to-35mm/c; short/10m

2003

Ibrahim Ferrer - Buenos hermanos [Cosima Spender] c; mus doc/23m; prod World Circuit Records

2004

Omara - Flor de Amor [Cosima Spender] dv+s8/c; mus doc/22m; prod World Circuit Records

2004

Shelf Life [Michael Landy] 16mm/c; exp short/50m; 1 of 3 films made for the art installation 'Semi-Detached' in the Tate Britain

2004

Breaking Out [Marianela Maldonado] dv-to-35mm/c; short/13m

2004

One Minute Past Midnight [Celia Galán Julve] c; short/11m

2004

Strange Little Girls [Savina Dellicour] s16-35bu/c; short/18m

2004

Holiday [Laurence Coriat] dv-to-35mm/c; short/18m

2005

Glue -historia adolescente en medio de la nada- [Alexis Dos Santos] dv+s8-to-35mm/c; 2uc: Iñaki Echeverria

2005

RedMeansGo [Erica Dunton] HD+16mm+35mm-to-35mm/c

2005

Heavy Metal Drummer [Toby MacDonald & Luke Morris] c; short/6m

2006

XXY [Lucía Puenzo] s16-35bu/c

2006

En la ciudad de Sylvia/In the City of Sylvia [José Luis Guerín] s16-35bu/c

2007

New Love [Laurence Coriat] HD-to-35mm scope/c; short/20m

2007

Somers Town [Shane Meadows] s16+s8-to-35mm/b&w-c; ph Paris unit: Dean Rogers; The title refers to a neighborhood close to London's St. Pancras train station, where, in the fall of 2007, the Eurostar train company launched a new high-speed rail line to Paris. In an unconventional marketing move, Eurostar commissioned Meadows to make a film for the occasion, which began as a short and evolved into this 75-minute feature.

2008

Dolce Vita Africana [Cosima Spender] b&w-c; doc/63m

2008

Privado [Walter Tiepelmann] b&w-c; doc/70m

 

"La teta asustada"

 

2008

La teta asustada/The Milk of Sorrow [Claudia Llosa] c

2009

The Infidel/The Reluctant Infidel [Josh Appignanesi] 16mm/c

2011

Loxoro [Claudia Llosa] 16mm/c; short/20m; also ep #2 of 8-part TNT-tv series 'Fronteras'

2012

Swimmer [Lynne Ramsay] s35-to-D-Cinema (1.85:1)/b&w; short/17m; as uwph; comm by the London 2012 Festival

2012

Casse-tête chinois/Chinese Puzzle [Cédric Klapisch] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c

2013

The Rover [David Michôd] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; splinter unit ph: Jeremy Rouse

2014

Arose, Reborn (to) A Rose Reborn [Park Chan-wook] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus 4:3)-to-digital/c; comm short/20m; for Ermenegildo Zegna Couture

2015

The Neon Demon [Nicolas Winding Refn] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT Plus/J-D-C Scope)-to-D-Cinema (scope)/c

2016

American Express [Nash Edgerton] HD/c; film was announced in 2014; for Amazon Studios

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

199?

Boy Meets Girl [dir; + ph] ?

199?

Lolita [dir; + ph] ?

1996

El paraguas [Juan Coira; short/10m] focus puller; ph: Flaviano de Pablo; prod CECC

1997

Idoia [Asier Burgaleta; short/8m] co-c.asst; ph: Antonio Trullenque; prod CECC

1997

Meteoritos [co-d: Alexis Dos Santos; short/17m; + co-scrpl/co-prod/cast/co-ed] ph: Sebastián Almeida

1999

Von Something [Kim Nikolajsen; short] c.op; ph: David Luther