We had the good fortune of connecting with Saulius Lukosevicius and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Saulius, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Determination and belief in big dreams.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a Lithuanian cinematographer currently based in Los Angeles. Since receiving my BA in Audiovisual Arts in 2010, I have been working as a freelance DOP in films and TV commercials. Curiously, I’ve always found myself in adventurous projects, remote places, and extreme conditions. I guess I like to be challenged. A month traveling on a Trans-Siberian train through frozen Russia, rock-climbing Tian Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan, walking on the active volcanoes in Indonesia, or capturing a historical, non-stop, round the world Roziere balloon flight in Australia — these are just a few projects that I worked on. Those films were screened in many international film festivals and a few of them got prestigious awards. For instance, a short film WINTER (ZIMA) was screened in more than 250 festivals and received 14 awards (Locarno, Clermont-Ferrand..), including EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS nomination for the best short. Furthermore, my first documentary feature PARADISE GOWNS won two awards in famous cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond Festival and brought to me the most important of all, the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD from the Lithuanian Association of Cinematographers (LAC). Lucky me, just before moving to Los Angeles, my last job was on HBO CHERNOBYL as an additional camera operator and behind the scenes cinematographer. These moments of recognition encouraged me to look for new international projects, to work abroad, and to make films for wider audiences. Having had great documentary experience around the globe I felt it was time to dig deeper into the narrative world. So, I took the action to follow my dream, and now I am about to graduate as a Cinematography Fellow at AFI. Very recently I won the Best Cinematography Award at Oscar Qualifying Rhode Island International Film festival. It is indeed a very significant professional assessment at the very right timing in my career as I am taking my first steps in Hollywood. This shows that I am on the right professional path and that I can contribute to the promotion of Lithuania’s name with my films.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
After 2 years of biking in Los Angeles finally, I just bought a small car that freed me to explore the city much more. I can’t believe how I was managing to survive in this big city without it. I would just invite him to the beach since that is what I have been doing now!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Cinematographer Guy Livneh who has been a good friend and my mentor.
Other: Reels: Narrative: https://vimeo.com/429152708 Documentary: https://vimeo.com/414525133 TVC: https://vimeo.com/419797595