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Cinematographer Sebastian Cepeda Interview

I have had the pleasure to interview cinematographer Sebastian Cepeda, the Director of Photography of the coming science fiction movie The Rift. Sebastian was born in Argentina and studied Fimmaking in the SAE Institute. He lives in Switzerland and he is starting his third feature film this year as a Director of Photography. Before leaving you with the interview I would like to say that I’m also delighted to share our 10th interview on Thanks for your support! I hope you enjoy it.

Sebastian Cepeda Filming

Sebastian Cepeda at work

Cameraman: How and why did you become a cinematographer?

Sebastian: I became a cinematographer because I love to tell stories and the best way for me to do that is with images. I’m a very visual person, writing was never my strong side, so I started drawing comics when I was around 10. Drawing comics was like storyboarding movies for me at that age.Sebastian Cepeda Actor
Afterwards when I came to Switzerland at the age of 15 I decided to become an actor, but it was pretty hard in Switzerland. I had minor roles for TV as well as theater but then I realized that I wanted to be on the other side of the camera.  I studied at the SAE Institute and had a Bachelor of Arts in Filmmaking. The school was good to learn some basics, but in my opinion the best way to become a Cinematographer is watching at a lot of movies, TV shows, music videos, pictures and other images. You get a sense for the lighting as well as framing. There are a lot of books too that were very helpful, one of my favorites is “Painting with Light” by John Alton.

Cameraman: Tell me about The Rift and how you got involved in that movie.

Sebastian: The Rift is a low budget science fiction/thriller movie set in America. I got involved in the project thanks to the director Robert Kouba. I was his teacher at SAE and thought him “Camera & Lighting”. So after having my class he asked me if I wanted to be the Director of Photography for the movie. We had a couple of meetings and I was very impressed with him, being such a young guy and so talented, and he thinks a lot with images like myself.

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The Rift Official Teaser Trailer

I would like to present the new teaser of the movie The Rift, produced by Vantis Pictures and directed by Swiss talented Robert Kouba. The direction of photography was made by Argentinian cinematographer Sebastian Cepeda who lives in Switzerland.

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Since a few decades they were watching us. Studying us. What are they? Nobody knows. Nobody but Ivan Petrenko Karkarov. The Russian physicist started to study a phenomenon which was occurring since several decades. In 1982 he found an answer to the strange phenomenon but before he could tell anyone he mysteriously vanished. 30 years later, in Newell Iowa, Dean Hollister seems to be a normal guy until strange radar anomalies appear throughout the world. All of a sudden something starts to happen at the sky, black rifts appear. Behind those rifts something is moving. It’s watching us.

Genre: Science Fiction, Horror, Thriller
Director: Robert Kouba
Director of Photography: Sebastian Cepeda
Copyright © 2011 Vantis Pictures

About Robert Kouba
Robert Kouba began his career in his native Switzerland. He began with painting at a very young age. At an early age of 12 Robert Kouba’s first movie “Xenopia” won an award for “Best Director” at a film festival. Robert Kouba is best known for his science fiction short “Translucent Unicorn” he directed for Philips as a part of a campaign to promote their new TV.

About Vantis Pictures
Vantis Pictures is a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, with robust and multi-faceted divisions across most areas including digital, home entertainment, network and studio operations. Vantis Pictures was founded 2010 by award winning director Robert Kouba who set up the company as a young and independent film production facility to support his and other movie projects.

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