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About David

David Auner, aac is a cinematographer based in Los Angeles. 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. Around that time David started working in film and as a photographer. He started as a sound recordist and camera assistant for TV news and moved into corporate and industrial films. Often he would also operate B camera. He moved up to A camera operator and videographer on many, many projects in the next 10 years. At the same time he worked as an electrician, 2nd assistant camera and grip on narrative projects and later on gaffed several music videos and shorts. After a couple of years he started to work on short and music videos as a cinematographer. He found his true passion in long form narrative and documentary projects.

He graduated from Middlesex University, London, with a BA in Digital Film Arts. Currently he is a Cinematography Fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory and will graduate with a MFA Cinematography in June 2018. David is a member of the Austrian Association of Cinematographers since 2015.

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Work Philosophy

“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 influence 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 onto the screen and thus into images. That task is impossible to do alone. Rather it is shared 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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