David Auner, aac is a cinematographer based in Los Angeles. He is currently enrolled as a Cinematography Fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory.

He was born and raised in Graz, Austria, where his grandfather, a retired photographer, started teaching him film photography at a very early age. After graduating from high school, he moved to Vienna and started working in various positions in the camera department and as a photographer. Over the last 15 years, he gravitated to short films and other narrative projects. He graduated from Middlesex University, London, with a BA in Digital Film Arts and is a member of the Austrian Association of Cinematographers.

“Cinematography, the writing with motion and light is my favorite form of storytelling. It is a nexus where technology, creativity, craftsmanship and teamwork come together. Cinematography is a discipline that requires constant learning, adaptation, experimentation, improvisation and, most of all, a very conscious, deliberate form of seeing, seeing and seeking light, color, depth, form and mood.

Cinema is a medium, subtle and yet powerful, that has no equal in its ability to evoke emotion, carry expression and impress an audience. In doing so, it penetrates deep into our subconscious and may thus, in fact, have the ability to change the world.

To me, cinematography is the craft and the art of translating a director’s vision of a story into images, together with the director, the production designer, the colorist and the other departments. It is a complex and demanding undertaking that must always remain in the service of the story to be told.

From the first magical experience in childhood, seeing an image materialize on a piece of paper in developer, to my introduction to this industry 15 years ago and all my subsequent work in still and motion pictures, all these experiences have created and augmented a desire for more, to learn, to create, to experiment, to tell stories with moving images.”

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