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‘Corp is Anam’ DOP Colm Hogan
24 Nov 2014 : Sean Brosnan
With Irish language drama ‘Corp is Anam’ returning on Thursday, November 27th, IFTN caught up with DOP Colm Hogan (‘Breith Agus Bás’, ‘Bothar Go Dti An White House’) to talk about the show, his career so far and what drew him into becoming a cinematographer.

IFTN: Tell us about your work on ‘Corp Is Anam’ and any other current projects.

COLM HOGAN:‘Corp is Anam’ was a real joy to work on. It was my first time working with director Darach Mac Con Iomaire who is the hardest working man I know. His work ethic and attention to detail is unparalleled. I had seen the first season of ‘Corp is Ainm’ and really loved it. The stories were intense and had real integrity. Darach knew exactly what he wanted and the way to go about things was simply point the camera at the story. I am currently working on a three hour documentary series about 1916. It's produced by CoCo TV and directed by Pat Collins and its’ a real joy to work on.’

What training/education did you receive to become a DOP?

‘I have been working in the film and TV industry in Ireland for over 20 years. I started off as a stills photographer and have worked on countless features and dramas. It was a wonderful education really because as a stills guy you spend a lot of time hanging around. I used that time watching how various DOP's lit and covered scenes.... The experiences were invaluable. Apart from a few short courses my other main form of learning was by doing and immersing myself in as many different forms of the arts as possible.’

What was your first job in the industry?

‘My first job was on a short called ‘Cosa Nite’, an IFB short film. I did stills on it and knew after the experience that this was how I wanted to spend my days.’

What do you enjoy most about being a DOP? And what do you consider the greatest challenges?

‘What I enjoy most is the variety that every day brings. The places and situations you find yourself in. This year for example I filmed an entire community waking up on the streets of Calcutta in the morning light, a lightning storm from the 54th floor of a Manhattan building, I filmed World War One graves from the air in Belgium and France and spent seven weeks filming in the 1890's during the gold rush! Every job throws up new challenges and every day is different.’

Describe your typical working day and the equipment you use.

‘I don't have a typical working day. Who knows what the wind brings in? I use a variety of different equipment and cameras. I have a large kit that includes a steadicam, a jib, dollies and various other bits and bobs. My most recent toys that I get most joy out of are drones. I have two heavy lifters. I can fly a red epic with all the trimmings which is very exciting. I also think the most important part of a DOP's kit is lenses so I bought a set of Cooke primes. My kit is expanding all the time and I have an excellent colleague working with me for the past couple of years by the name of Roman Bugovskiy. He fly’s the drones and also operates the steadicam. So together we are a one stop shop.’

What filmmaker/DOP has influenced you?

‘I really like Emmanuel Lubezki's work and also Georgi Rerberg. I also really like the work of Tim Fleming and Robbie Ryan.’

What Irish film or TV show would you have loved to have worked on?

‘It's a difficult question... I admire a lot of the work that has been done in Ireland over the past couple of years but if I was to pick one - maybe ‘Adam and Paul’.

What films and TV shows did you enjoy growing up that may have encouraged you to work in the industry?

‘I can't say that I was encouraged by watching film and TV shows to work in the industry.... I just liked to experience different things and the idea of trying to capture the feeling or the essence of the experience in a frame or a sequence of frames excited me.’

What’s the difference between working on an Irish production and working on an international production for you?

‘There is no real difference really apart from logistics.... I remember working on a film in Cairo and the sparks didn't have genies so they just lifted up a man hole and plugged into the city's mains.’

What advice would you give to anyone wishing to get into cinematography?

‘Listen!’

‘Corp is Anam’ was filmed in Galway. It was edited by Conall de Cléir (‘Cré na Cille’), mixed by Mark Henry in Windmill Lane and graded by Eugene McCrystal in EMC. Fionán Higgins provided sound supervision, Fiadhnait McCann operated as SFX editor and Foley was provided by Ardmore Sound.

‘Corp is Anam’ is produced with funding from TG4, the BAI and Section 481. A third season is currently in development.

The new series begins Thursday, 27th November 2014 at 9.30pm on TG4. The first season can be viewed now on the TG4 player. Check out our interview with Producer Paddy Hayes here.





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