We had the good fortune of connecting with Marco TOMA Tomaselli and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marco, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Consciously or not, taking risk is the core philosophy behind a freelancing career, especially in the movie business. Leaving everything behind and jumping towards the unknown, moving to LA from a little town in Tuscany on the other side of the world, might be the most iconic risk (let’s be sincere, also quite an exiting one) I ever took. Some could see a risk as something dangerous, something to stay away in order to keep a safe state of order in life. As much as this could be essential in some situation, I believe taking risks could also act as a big powerful push towards a possible next step in life, career or personal evolution. For instance, I found this mentality key once I started shooting documentaries with my friend and creative collaborator Emanuele Mengotti. Like in “West Of Babylonia” an anthropological, observational documentary we shot inside of the community of Slab City in California, we immerge ourselves on what it was a very unfamiliar reality for us. From a different point of view, you could consider some situations we were quite risky, but without it we couldn’t bring back a genuine and authentic voice from inside of this extraordinary community. 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m not sure if anybody that work in a creative field hasn’t found difficulties on his/her path. Definitely the main mantra is to stand up and keep going Everything goes from up high in the clouds all the way to the rock bottom of the ocean…but as we all know, the roller coaster of emotion is usually what keeps us inspired.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m all about road trip. I come from Tuscany, in the heart of Italy where cypress and rolling hills dictate the landscapes. Therefore the most exiting journey I can recommend is the extreme opposite of it, in the beautiful wide open desert areas of California. Joshua Three is first on the list, such a magical place.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It’s quite hard to answer this question. As a Cinematographer my job is to tell a story sharing with the director a personal interpretation of it based on the perception of the reality I grow during my entire life. Considering this, everything need to be recognized: the place I came from, where I had the pleasure to travel and the people I met during this journeys. The inspiration really come from anywhere art, food, nature, architecture, design and so on…

Website: www.iamTOMA.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tomacinematographer
Other: CINEMATOGRAPHY REEL: https://vimeo.com/448950659

Image Credits
35mm shot from my personal collection.

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