Craft and creativity continues to grow in China, none of which would be possible without the inspired and daring minds behind the ideas and production. We are asking the creative community in China five fun questions to learn a little bit more about the people behind this burgeoning industry. Hope you enjoy! If you think you should be profiled or you know someone creative who should be profiled send an email to email@example.com.
Mate Toth Widamon, HCA
Mate Toth Widamon is a cinematographer originally from Hungary. He attended the Cinematography Department of the National Hungarian Film School and NFS in England. (BA, MA, DLA).
Mate Toth Widamon 是一位来自匈牙利的摄影指导。他曾就读于匈牙利国家电影学院电影摄影系和英国的国家电影学院NFS (艺术本科, 艺术硕士, DLA)。
Since graduation he has shot over 500 commercials and been fortunate enough to collaborate with some of the most highly acclaimed commercial directors in London, Milan, Shanghai, Bangkok, Saigon, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Budapest.
He also had the chance to shoot 7 feature films in Europe and he was honoured to receive the “Best Cinematography”award two times by the National Film Board as well as the Hungarian Film Critics Award.
With his commercial work Mate twice won the Golden Eye Festival of Cinematography and his collaboration with German director Hermann Vaske on the Hornbach campaign was awarded a Lion at he Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Represented by SHP, Mate is currently based in Shanghai and he feels thrilled to be part of the Chinese advertising scene at such creatively exciting times.
1. Coolest place you’ve been sent for work ? 去过这么多拍摄地，你觉得哪里最酷？
I was sent to an art boarding school at the age of 14 and since then, I have been constantly on the way due to my education and work.
I spent several years of my youth in the UK where I shot my first short films, pop promos and commercials. Later on due to my work I also spent some time in Munich, Frankfurt and Milan which I truly love too.
The coolest places I have been sent to work were Cape Town and Los Angeles where besides commercials I also shot a film with John Cleese and Dennis Hopper.
而我工作过的最酷的地方是开普敦和洛杉矶，当时除了拍摄商业广告，我还和John Cleese和Dennis Hopper一起拍摄了一部电影。
Now I truly love Shanghai and the advertising scene here is fantastic. I feel very lucky having the chance to meet so many talented and passionate industry professionals on every job here.
2. A book you plan on reading 近期打算读一读的书
Proust: In Search of Lost Time
3. Favorite movie of all time? 一直以来最爱的电影？
Some periods of cinema have been critically influential in my career, such as the French New Wave, the New York Avantgarde, the early works of Polish directors Polanski, Zanussi, Kieslowski and above all the Taiwanese and Hong Kong New Wave. The work of Hou-Hsiao Hsien, Tsai Ming Liang, Edward Yang, Wong Kar-Wai are not only influential in my work as a film maker, but also in my personal life, as they awakened my interest towards Asian culture and life.
When it comes to more contemporary directors, Thomas Vinterberg, Ruben Östlund, Paul Thomas Anderson are definitely on the top of my list.
Taiwan New Wave directors 中国台湾新浪潮导演
Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master
4. Someone you would like to have dinner with? 想要和谁共进晚餐？
I would have loved to have had a chat over dinner with Alan Watts in the mid-sixties. He was a prolific writer, thinker, and speaker, one of the first to interpret Eastern wisdom for a western audience.
5. Your favorite creative project you’ve ever worked on, and why you like it so much? 最喜欢的项目是哪一个，为什么？
I truly enjoyed my early narrative projects in the UK as they were often about getting away from narrative conventions.
When it comes to commercials some Italian directors such as Federico Brugia, Luca Maroni, Dario Piana among others greatly inspired me creatively. I learnt that advertising is about constantly renewing your own stylistic and visual approach often by exploring and combining some of the latest and most advanced technologies.
I find my current commercial projects here in China very exciting too. Collaborating with fellow film makers like Wang Limin, JBL, Shigeto Rage Sayama, Howie Lin, or Fender Hsu – to name a few highly talented Shanghanese directors – gives the opportunity to inspire each other whilst overcoming great challenges. By filling each other’s gaps, and putting our knowledge and values on the table, we are rooted both in Asian and European cultural aesthetics visual styles.
如果是说商业广告项目，我曾与不少意大利导演共事过，如Federico Brugia, Luca Maroni, Dario Piana等，他们极大地激发了我的创作灵感。让我意识到，拍摄广告需要通过探索去结合一些最新最先进的技术，并借此不断地去更新自己的风格和视觉手法。
我发现我目前在中国的项目也非常令人兴奋。我有机会与不少才华横溢的上海导演、电影人进行合作，比如：王砺珉 , 李静波, Shigeto Rage Sayama, Howie Lin, or Fender Hsu等。我们的美学视觉风格都根植于亚洲与欧洲的文化，通过填补彼此的空白，把我们的知识和价值观进行公开探讨，我们在克服巨大挑战的同时，也激励了彼此，拥有了共同进步的机会。
On set with Federico Brugia
on set with Federico Brugia
On set with Federico Brugia
On set with Wang Limin
On set with Howie Lin
We invite each of the creatives we profile to tag another interesting person for the series. Mate suggested visual artist Aslan Malik.