Q&A: Luca Repola, Cinematographer With every video, there are eyes behind the lens. Ours belong to Luca Repola. We talked to the young director, cinematographer and editor about his approach to filmmaking and the Fall 2013 behind-the-scenes video.
Tell us a little about yourself. I’m a 17 year-old filmmaker born and raised in New York City. I produce fashion, music, and narrative films and have worked with some pretty cool people. I started making films since I was 12 and haven’t stopped since. I am currently working with Kimberly Ovitz to produce behind the scenes content for her site.
Have you always been interested in cinematography? I have always wanted to direct. When I was younger (and working on smaller productions), I essentially had to get hands-on with the camera because I didn’t have anyone else to shoot for me. So I forced myself to learn the more technical aspects of filmmaking and it became one of my strong points as a filmmaker.
What was the first video you ever made? I used to be in love with Wallace and Gromit, so when I got my hands on a camera, the first thing I made was a 15-second stop-motion video of moving play-doh. I was hooked after that.
Where do you look for inspiration? Most of my inspiration comes from the Internet. I’m always looking at posts on Tumblr or short films on Vimeo. Music is a huge form of inspiration for me because of the emotions that you feel when you listen to it. I love all types of music, so I’m easily inspired.
You’ve worked on quite a few videos with Kimberly Ovitz; how do you approach each one? Kim has a vision with each collection in terms of texture, color and overall design. The first thing I try to do is wrap my head around her inspiration for the collection and then I decide the best way to emulate that on screen. With behind-the-scenes videos it’s more difficult because you don’t get to craft what you see on screen as much; you need to go with the flow of what is happening, shoot it, and then allow your creativity to flow when editing. For Fall 2013, the theme was centered around natural defense, so my idea for the video was to showcase the fashion show through the eyes of an insect. How do you use film as a medium to express your vision as an artist? I think having the power to convey experiences through a visual medium is an incredible opportunity, especially in an evolving industry like film. I think it’s important to make sure that emotions are relatable on screen, no matter what type of film it is. If a viewer can emotionally connect with one of my pieces of work, I have done my job.
You’re still so young! Where do you hope your art takes you? * I hope to grow with the film industry. Especially now with so much competition because of the online video platform, the only way to stay on top is to create something innovative. I hope to collaborate with more artists like Kimberly. Working with her has been an incredible learning experience and I hope to keep pushing the bar with each video.*
What else are you working on right now? Along with putting out content for Kimberly Ovitz, I am also working on a film called, “Philippe”. It’s a short film about making friends and breaking language barriers through soccer. Super short and sweet, but I think a lot of people will be able to relate. You can read more about it here.