The Wrestler Cinematographer Maryse Alberti Talks About Her Work and Career
It happens sometimes, I get to talk about a woman who has been successfully working in the industry (and who is not an actress or a producer). The fact is: there are many more women working in the industry that I know of, but they are very poorly represented in the media and you have to want to know about them to find them.
This is pretty much how I stumbled upon this (phone?) interview with Maryse Alberti, a media shy cinematographer with an astounding resume. I looked because I was curious to know more about the woman who replaced Libatique (!) and shot The Wrestler (!!).
Alberti is a french cinematographer based in the United-States who has been active for more than thirty years. She is mostly known for her work in documentaries (Crumb, Taxi to the Dark Side) but worked on key narratives such as Happiness, Velvet Goldmine or, more recently, The Wrestler.
If we believe her Wikipedia page, ‘She was the first contemporary female cinematographer featured on the cover of American Cinematographer‘, which says a lot about… everything. What her Wikipedia page doesn’t say is that she won Sundance (twice), was nominated three times for a Spirit Award and won twice, and also won an Emmy. Not too shabby.
Thanks to Movie Geeks United and the buzz that surrounded The Wrestler, we have at least one short interview of Alberti and thus the chance to learn more about her career and work. Enjoy:
Chapters of Content:
- Chapter 1: Childhood
- Chapter 2: Movies Influence
- Chapter 3: Starting as a Still Photographer
- Chapter 4: First Job as a Cinematographer
- Chapter 5: Not Having a Mentor
- Chapter 6: What Makes Shooting Documentary Special
- Chapter 7: About The Evolution of Documentaries
- Chapter 8: Digital vs Film
- Chapter 9: Working on The Wrestler
- Chapter 10: Prep for the Wrestler
- Chapter 11: About Mickey Rourke
- Chapter 12: Extract from The Wrestler
- Chapter 13: Cutting the Size and Budget of The Wrestler
- Chapter 14: Her Relationship With Actors
- Chapter 15: Collaborating with Michael Apted
- Chapter 16: Working on a Big Budget (or not)
- Chapter 17: About Award Shows and Being Media Shy