Anders Lonnfeldt is an upcoming photographer, filmmaker and cinematographer from Finland. He may be young, he may be starting out but he’s already winning praise for his work in the music industry. Having just finished studying cinematography in Helsinki he’s now busy shooting concerts and directing music videos.
So, I’d thought I’d show you a bit of what’s going on up north in Finland with his latest video and a few a shots from his portfolio. Below is an excerpt from an interview Lonnfeldt did for a magazine in Helsinki – I thought you’d enjoy it:
Have any particular filmmakers inspired your work in film?
I get inspired all the time by all the visual content I have around me. But there are some cinematographers that inspired me already at an early stage of my studies. Anthony Dod Mantle, Dante Spinotti and Roberto Schaefer are cinematographers whose work have inspired me a lot.
What’s your creative process for film making and photography?
I enjoy working in the creative field. However, it can be frustrating at times when your creative flow simply is not there. Working with visual aesthetics is always a battle with yourself; about what you want to create and whether what you are creating really is aesthetical or not. But at the same time I believe that these challenges are part of what makes my field of work rewarding. One of the most important elements that keep me going is inspiration. On a regular basis I check out work by other professionals in order to remind myself that I am not quite there yet and to collect ideas for upcoming projects.
When I start working on a new project, I first put down a lot of time on coming up with good ideas. I write down my ideas in my scrapbook and then I start developing them into a concept. When I plan, I always have in mind the final product, meaning every step I need to take in the process to get the result I want. Usually planning is the most challenging part of the process, and then it is just to “go out and do it”.
You work on a lot of music videos, have you ever approached a band? Or do they all approach you?
Actually I have never approached a band, but the labels yes. Usually I get contacted by the production company, who makes the video. But I have also experienced the band contacting me directly.
A majority of your photography work is at events and concerts, what is it like shooting there as opposed to a controlled environment?
Yeah, lately I have been a lot into concert photography. The biggest difference is that you cannot really control anything. And you can never be sure of getting any good photos which can be frustrating sometimes. But at the same time it is a lot of fun, because the situations and the unknown have so many surprises to offer. And if you get the golden photo, I can assure that you feel like a winner.
Between the concert photography or music videos, have you ever been asked to shoot a concert music video?
No I have not, but I have thought about how it is to do a video like that. I can assume that it is a lot of work and really hard to get the pieces to work together in postproduction. But it would be fun to try it out sometime.
Is it important to you to have a connection to the work you are doing?
It sure is! But it does not matter for every project. Whatever kind of project I work on, however, it always has some kind of a connection with me since it has to do with what I truly want to do for a living. Yet on the other hand, I have noticed that once in a while I need a project that I am really passionate about. It gives me the kick and the drive to want to dive deeper into this amazing profession.
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