"Citadel" Directed by Ciaran Foy is one of the listed screenings for next year announced in Dec 2013 by the Irish Film Board ISC Questionnaire for DOP Tim Fleming
Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you came to be a cinematographer and how you came to be involved in this project?
Katie Holly asked if I'd be interested in reading the script and depending on my reaction maybe to chat with Ciaran.
What were your initial thoughts about it?
I was intrigued, the script was quite lean, which I admired. Ciaran had included a visual reference booklet which was a great point of departure for discussions and I had never photographed psychological horror !!
Can you describe your relationship with the director?
I would say we had a very open relationship. I was aware from the beginning that Ciaran is a visual Director and in that instance my role is to, on the one hand, make the cinematography available yet, on the other hand to be a provocateur to insure the visual storytelling is true. Always motivated to get the best out of both of us based on the script and Ciaran's desires.
Were there any particular references that you and the director kept in mind while shooting?
Ciaran had some but he had distilled these to his own view by the time I came on board. I suggested we look at Dark Water, beautifully photographed by Afonso Beato.
Did you try anything new or unusual?
Not sure what this question means.
Who were your crew on this job?
My Camera Crew were Focus , Anna Benbow, Clapper Loader (Glasgow) Eva Carrero, ( Dublin) Eoghan Fleming. Grips were Martin Campbell (Glasgow) Dave King (Dublin) and last but not least Gaffer Scott Napier and Best Boy Colin Price. I had the brilliant Minttu Mäntynen as DIT who kept a good eye on my penchant for underexposure and kept us honest!!
Can you tell us about your preferences of format and lenses?
Deccision had already been made that we would shoot digitally, so as RED had just introduced the MX Sensor we tested it and went with that. We used Cooke S4s.
Who has influenced you during your career?
The list is endless really, the more I learn the longer it gets, initially the names that come to mind are Jack Cardiff , Greg Toland, Sven Nykvist, Slowamir Idziak, Ryzard Lyncheski, Nestor Almendros, Haskell Wexler, Gordon Willis, Conrad Hall, Roger Deakins, Dion Beebe, Rodrigo Prieto, Seamus Mc Garvey, Brendan Galvin, Robbie Ryan, Seamus Deasy.........
Have you seen anything lately that you admired or that inspired you?
A Vietnamese film called In The Height Of Summer, Anna Kerenina, What Richard Did, Prometheus, I find work to admire in nearly everything I see.........