Interview with Cinematographer Christophe Graillot (A Bag of Marbles, La Garde)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Christophe Graillot is a true artistic talent. Just watch the recent film A BAG OF MARBLES to see how he conveys a story through light and shadows. It was on honor interviewing him:

Matthew Toffolo: Where were you born and raised? Was photography something you always wanted to do as your career?

Christophe Graillot: I was born in a suburb of Paris and raised in Paris. As long as I can remember I always wanted to be photographer. I have a background in graphic arts and I taught myself the trade of Director of Photography.

What has been your most proudest work of your career? Or, what has been your favorite project to date?

I don’t know. Every project I’m proud of. Every job I learn something new and unique. My favorite project is the next one.

Right now you’re working in Praque. What’s the film? And are you having…

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Interview with Cinematographer Dan Stoloff (Suits, The Americans, Zoo)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Dan Stoloff is one of the top television cinematographers working today. He also DP’d the films TUMBLEWEEDS, MIRACLE and CROOKED ARROWS to name a few. It was an honor interviewing him. Check out his website and list of credits at:

Matthew Toffolo: Where were you born and raised? Was photography something you always wanted to do as your career?

Dan Stoloff: I was raised in Newton, Mass, just outside of boston. I knew from the time i was about 11 that I wanted to be a cinematographer. We had a Super 8 camera and I started making my own films. It was my favorite thing to do, and I decided if there was a way to make a living doing it, I would.

What has been your most proudest work of your career? Or, what has been your favorite project to date?

I would say the 2 final episodes…

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Interview with Cinematographer Tristan Oliver (Isle of Dogs, ParaNorman, Fantastic Mr. Fox)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

It was a true honor interviewing the extremely talented Director of Photographer, Tristan Oliver. Every single film he’s worked on has turned out great, and there’s not many people you can say that about! If you don’t believe, simply go to his website and watch some of the short films he’s worked on and see his list of feature credits:

Matthew Toffolo: Where were you born and raised? Was cinematography something you always wanted to do as your career?

Tristan Oliver: I was born and raised in Gravesend in Kent. An unlovely and somewhat godforsaken town on the Thames estuary.

I knew nothing about films or photography as a child. My main passion was the theatre. I wanted to act (or be a doctor or something) My first real contact with the camera dept came when I was acting in a movie. It was something of a Damascene moment…

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Interview with Cinematographer Frank G. DeMarco (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, All is Lost)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

It was an honor for the extremely talented DP, Frank G. DeMarco, take some time out of his busy schedule to answer a set of questions for this interview.

Matthew Toffolo: Where were you born and raised?

Frank G. DeMarco: I was born in Baltimore, Maryland. After studying abroad in Italy and Austria, I moved to New York City—it’s America’s European city.

Was CINEMATOGRAPHY something you always wanted to do as your career?

I was fascinated by still cameras and had a little Super 8 movie camera as a youth, but I never thought I could make a living with either, so I got a college BA in Modern Languages. I became aware of Cinematography while studying in Florence, Italy during college. When I graduated, I discovered that there were very few jobs for linguists other than working for the NSA. Luckily, I got a gig on a tv…

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Interview with Composer Michelino Bisceglia (HANNAH, MARINA)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

 Michelino has composed the soundtracks for multiple feature films, working with such renowned orchestras as the Brussels Philharmonic and Limburgs Symfonisch Orkest. In 2014, Michelino Bisceglia won the World Soundtrack, Public Choice Award for the score of “Marina”, a film by veteran Belgian director Stijn Connix. It was an honor chatting with him:

Matthew Toffolo: Where were you born and raised? Was music something you always wanted to do as your career?

Michelino Bisceglia: I was born in Genk, a little town in Belgium to a family of Italian origin. I still live in Belgium and have my studio in Brussels. As a child I have been surrounded through my brother by many great musicians and had the chance to get in contact with different genres of music. To be a musician was a natural call and it felt like it was the piano that picked me to play as…

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Interview with Composer Mateo Messina (JUNO, BLOCKERS)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

What an honor it was to chat with composer Mateo Messina. Such a talented and positive guy. I was inspired after our 30 minute chat, I have to admit. A total pro who teaches you in this interview many things, including that it’s not a bad thing to sneak into buildings in order to forward your career when you need to!:

Matthew Toffolo: When did music enter your life?

Mateo Messina: When I was 3 years old, I started playing the piano quite a bit and just remember really liking it from a first memory. At 5 years old, I starting coming up with my own compositions. My brothers used to play a game with me where a commercial jingle would play on the radio and I was able to go to the piano and play the song.

So you were a child prodigy then?

I don’t think so. Music…

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Interview with Screenwriter & Executive Producer Mark Renshaw (THE SURVIVOR)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

THE SURVIVOR was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the February 2018 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Mark Renshaw: The landscape of the near future (based on humanity’s current actions) does not bode well for us, or this planet. That’s why I came up with the concept of the Nearscape to reflect this. The Survivor film was something the team wanted to make to demonstrate what life could be like unless we take drastic action.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It took about 8 months in total. I wrote the first draft in December 2016. We shot the film in March 2017, post-production took a few months and it was then released in August.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Dystopian sci-fi.

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