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Interview with: Edward Lui (Cinematographer)

I've known Mr Lui personally since the good old school days and thanks to the delights of Face book we have managed to keep in touch and I have followed his career rather closely. I contacted him a few days ago as he has recently moved into the world of cinematography and thought I'd ask a few questions to get to the heart of the change from Photography to film

Andi: You started your career as a photographer, what made you move to cinematography and how did you find the transition?

Edward: I've always been fascinated with movies, and whenever I go to the cinema, I always have to pick the best seat to get the best experience. So after spending 7 years doing photography with wedding fashion and documentary work, it was natural for me to try out being a cinematographer. At first it was a bit of a learning curve as I was used to seeing pictures as a single frame. However with moving imagery you're seeing it as 24 frames, so this taught me to move with the frame or subject. Telling a visual story in another medium. I've never been to film school so everything I've learnt was from listening to discussions from professionals, and what I knew with framing from photography.

A: What or who have been your major influences to your chosen path in cinematography?

E: My favourite cinematographers are Roger Deakins, Emmanuel Lubezki aka Chivo, and Hoyte Van Hoytema. I quite like the look of films with a natural feel to it, and these boys have inspired me with how they work to achieve such a look. One day, I hope to be up there being nominated for my cinematography work too.

A: You probably expected this question, what equipment do you tend to use and why?

E: The age old question, I favour Canon cinema cameras as I like the colours it produces for skin tone. Equipment shouldn’t be limited to the way I work, but more of a tool to how I can make it happen. However, give me any camera and I can make a movie with it, even a smart phone.

A: So how did you get your start in the movie world?

E: With regards to short films, I collaborated with a good writer by the name of Kieran Bourne. I’ve learnt a lot of understanding cinema and together we created a range of short films. As for feature film, I was found by a production group and helped filmed a horror film back in September 2016.

A: Can you tell us about any of the projects you're currently working on?

E: My last project was The Wife (Dir. Kieran Bourne), this is currently doing the rounds on the film festival circuit.

And my first feature film (Dir. Dan Allen) that was mentioned is still untitled at the moment.

I’ve been currently assigned to two new feature films early next year. Can’t say much at the moment, as with most films, its tight lipped. These are being produced by Proportion Productions.

A: Where do you see yourself in another 5 or 10 years?

E: I will be established with a known agency and working with more Hollywood features and good directors. Maybe on Star Wars one day.

A: I really do wish you all the luck in the world for that, but if you could have worked on any film, which one and why?

E: Being good at what you do that wins Oscars and BAFTA’s is one thing, having a laugh at what you’re working on and having fun is another. I would love to be on board a good comedy, I can imagine the jokes you have working with the cast and crew all day. Then on a serious note, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that would have been such a good journey to be part of something so great.

A: In an ideal world, who would you love to work with in the industry and why?

E: It’s a tough question, there are many Directors I would love to work with. To name a few, Christopher Nolan, David Ayer, Denis Villeneuve, and Gareth Edwards.

Thank you Edward for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer my questions, I know that your time is limited recently. I wish you all the best for your future dreams and aspirations and hopefully one day we can work on a film together

Andi Hodgetts