DoP Anton Fursá on Shooting for Netflix, the Meaning of “Cinematic” and his Volvo.

Anton Fursá is a Kiev based DoP and cinematographer with International experience. He’s one of the most talented professionals coming straight outta the Ukraine’s “New Wave” of production masters.

Lorenzo Musiu
May 8, 2018 · 6 min read

I asked him to introduce himself once and he said something like, “I’m an images addict”, so I was like, “Man, we need a proper interview coz we are sick of those statements and you have much more to tell!” So here we are.

L: Anton, what’s at the core of your productions? Where do you specialize?

Ahaha! What’s fascinating about people?

Bullshit question: you need the most intense portrait of a woman in nature, are you into spherical or anamorphic lenses?

Okay, let’s cut the bullshit. You are an International DoP based in Kiev and your collection of work demonstrates an amazing craft. What was the most difficult commercial you shot and why?

What about the video Zetetics “Even Tonight”? What is the most challenging thing in shooting underwater?

But DoPs don’t care about actors, they care about lights and camera settings only, correct?

No, it’s not true. There was a bold actor on this TV series I did and we really enjoyed working together. So we helped each other a lot. He did some fucking amazing things! He knew what it meant to use a 32mm or 50mm lens, that son of a bitch felt where he should stand on a set so he was in the perfect light and all this kind of stuff. Amazing actor. So answer — no, I really care about actors.

In the Volkswagen Transporter commercial you guys shot in that amazing huge hangar, what was your lighting setup approach? And what are the cool things about shooting car commercials?

If I ask you which car commercial you would most like to shoot, which brand would you pick?

Why?

Ahaha! Best answer ever!

This brings me to a very cliché question: what is the meaning of the expression “cinematic” for a DoP?

It’s crazy how many talented artists and professionals are based in Kiev. What do you think about the ecosystem, and what do you expect is going to happen in the coming years?

Well deserved!

Blade Runner was amazing!

“Grill Brothers” is one of the funniest productions that you worked on, in my opinion. How challenging was it to work on that set?

The shooting must have been a lot of fun, but at the same time, super hard!

So cool! It’s always nice when the client says “do whatever you want”.

Agreed.

Anton, I just wanna say thank you for this fun interview! And I’ll see you on set!

It’s amazing to have you as a part of the Impolite family, if you want to drop names or say a last thing, please do it now!

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