In 2019, you received the ASC Spotlight Award for your feature film “Namme.” What does this type of recognition mean to you?
The ASC Awards are one of the most important and prestigious awards for each and every working cinematographer. I was very happy to receive the nomination and then eventually win. It is a great honor to be selected amidst cinematographers from all over the world. Receiving such a high-profile award is not only important for me, but it also helps in the promotion of our small country’s movie industry. Once again, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the ASC for giving me this marvelous chance.
Recently, you worked on a commercial video for the local online gambling company, directed by David Borchkhadze and starring well-known Georgian actors and athletes. Does the work of a cinematographer on a commercial film differ from that of a feature film?
Probably my final goal is the key difference between the two. Feature films and commercial videos have different approaches, therefore they have different goals and motivations during the preparation period. No matter how extraordinary and exceptional the commercial is, it still only exists for a specific period of time and only for specific people. Technically, one main difference is time. A commercial is smart, quick, and visual. It must be finished in a couple of days; you don’t have a chance to shoot even 10-15 sec. frames. It is more like a sprint, whereas a film is a marathon.