Mélodie Preel, a young director of photography very active in advertising with about twenty spots per year, first went through the ESRA International Film School in Paris before becoming an assistant for ten years, working with renowned cinematographers. It was the commercial producers who suggested that she move into cinematography in 2017. “The film ‘Choose your Future’ (Academy Film) for the European elections gave me a lot of visibility. Director Frédéric Planchon was looking for a cinematographer to go and film women giving birth throughout Europe. It’s a very beautiful film, quite naturalistic, which was broadcast across the continent. After that, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano contacted me for an AXA campaign (Quad) and then asked me to work on the first season of the series ‘En thérapie’ that they directed for Arte. Everything went very well. It is difficult to enter this profession, but I have always felt something benevolent, very positive in the environment. Of course, the industry still has a long way to go to have more female cinematographers. But I have this naivety to believe that once you are in it, it is not different than for a man.”
ARRI spotlights commercials and music videos: DP Mélodie Preel
In our second interview about shooting commercials for global brands, DP Mélodie Preel describes advertising as a great laboratory with high aesthetic stakes—and how ARRI tools help her to reach them.