A cinematographer or director of photography (sometimes shortened to DP or DOP) is the chief over the camera and lighting crews working on a film, television production or other live action piece and is responsible for achieving artistic and technical decisions related to the image. (Wikipedia). The cinematographer is responsible for the quality of the photography and the cinematic look of the film. The Director of Photography transforms the Screenwriter’s and Director’s concepts into visual images. Using his knowledge of lighting,, lenses, camera and film emulsions, the DOP creates the appropriate mood, atmosphere and visual style of each shot to evoke emotions that the Director desires. Working closely with the Director, the DOP determines the camera angles, shot composition, and camera movement for every shot.
Put simply, in Mauritian jargon, we are used with the word ‘Cameraman’. Recently, the MBC has been criticized for broadcasting video footage of inferior quality during the ‘Journal Televise’. Maybe this is owing to the ‘cut-cost’ decision that not enough cameraman are being provided to carry out reportage?
The aim of this blog post is to spot out some of the noticeable work being done by talented, skilled Cinematographers in Mauritius:
The first and most noticeable one, existing for many years is AVS Cinematography: http://www.avscinematography.com/ . Run as a family business, their creative work is very much appreciated by the mass. Have a look at their work on:https://vimeo.com/avscinematography
Mahen Bujun. – DoP at Mroad creation ltd for more than a decade.
has been producing short films for a consistent number of years: http://www.wassimsookia.com/en/filmography.html
(List under construction…)