This week we had the pleasure of chatting to Director of Photography and Self-Shooter Marco Beyermann as he shot the beautiful film ‘Dismembered mind & Tremendo – Smells like you’ partly shot in our Hayloft Studio.
How would you describe what you do?
I mostly work as a Director Of Photography and Self-shooter. This means I plan and execute the visuals of any projects I am on board of. Also, I tend to direct personal projects which usually tend to be music videos.
The space at Copperdollar Studios was perfect for what we needed.
2. What is your favourite thing about being a Director of Photography and Camera Operator?
My favourite thing about being a DOP and Camera OP is the opportunity to describe feelings or sensations through moving images. Every project has a different nature and briefs, this gives me the possibilities to experiment new techniques. This is probably what I love the most about this job, the constant change.
3. What got you into photography? Who are your greatest influences?
I am not sure what got me into this. It happened quite organically. So my dad was a photographer so he planted the seed. I started to take pictures of random toys and objects as a kid. I probably was imitating him, but I never thought of pursuing a career in this. My passion was and still is pizza, so when I was younger I dreamt of making pizza. One day as a teenager I had to decide what to do with my future. A person gave a talk at my highschool promoting a TV course and I thought “ohh yeah this would be cool, I always liked filming or photographing stuff.” It’s like I knew, but someone had to make me realise I could do this for a living. Is probably a cliche but my dad was probably my bigger influence. He planted the seed and I grew up looking at his family and travelling albums.
4. How did you use the studio for your film?
The space at Copperdollar Studios was perfect for what we needed. We needed an empty and old looking space. Something that could look like an empty attic or living space where this grandmother used to live. In the video we see her surrounded by emptiness.
5. What is your favourite project you’ve done up until now?
Ultimately I actually think the “Smells like you” – shot partly at Copperdollar- is probably the project I enjoyed the most so far.
6. What have you learnt this year that you’re bringing into your work?
I learnt new light techniques which I try to introduce to these projects that allows me to be more creative.
7. What are you most excited for in the future?
I am excited about learning more by working on different projects. Also I look forward to working with new creatives. I am very excited about the release of “Smells Like You”. Overall this project has taken ages because of Covid and other reasons but it’s finally here!
Our studio is a brilliant location to shoot your next film or stage your next photoshoot. Whatever your project, our bright, rustic space in the heart of Kemptown could bring your next venture to life. Be sure to contact us to hire out our studio for your next project, workshop, photoshoot, or as a filmmaking location. On our website you can see our availability and rates card.