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Sandeep Abraham was born 1990 in Basel and completed his Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Engineering at the HTW Chur in Switzerland.
Sandeep began his career in shooting music videos, independent short films and broadcast content. His immediate interest in developing his skills as a storyteller and camera operator allowed him to enhance his visual eye as a cinematographer. After becoming a recognised shooter on many award-winning shorts and commercials (from Mobile Film Festival to Cannes), he gravitated organically into the narrative and retail format, which is what currently fills his schedule.
With extensive experience for his young age across different genres and a keen interest in changing technology, Sandeep continues to work on a diverse range of projects, beautifully crafted content pieces and high-end tv commercials, finding joy in his work making beautiful images to tell great stories.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Sandeep. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
I was lucky that I learned from fashion photographers and filmmakers the craft of filmmaking (who were perfectionists, when it comes to framing and composition) and started to work for broadcast companies, where I learned to work fast and capture the critical messages. This knowledge allowed me to exceed my clients' expectations by producing high-end content with little time.
Sandeep, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Director of Photography?
My passion is filmmaking and cinematography. I learned very fast that it is quite challenging to work as a DoP in Switzerland for the feature film because the market is small and you have to be in an agency or have the connections. Otherwise, you have to work on a lot of low budget project until one succeed and you'll get noticed. I tried a different approach and started in the broadcast field to learn more about the market and to collect connections.
Afterwards, I went to the advertisement field since you have enough budget there to create creative content.
Who is your inspiration in life Sandeep? How do you stay inspired as Director of Photography?
I love working with clients, who give me enough freedom to be creative. I love watching shorts and commercials online, and it's inspiring to see how the world is changing, and the movies and ads are adjusting to it. Whenever I think I have seen it all, I see a new video and get inspired again.
We all make mistakes Sandeep; we wish we could take back. What was the error you made in the past that you want to you can bring back?
In the past, I hesitated a lot of time instead of just trusting my guts. I would have had many more opportunities or waisted less time if I hadn't been too insecure about my abilities.
Sandeep, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
I think I have a good relationship with the customers, because they can feel my passion and that I don't just want to do my job, but that I want to get the best out of the video.
Please tell us Sandeep, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
Honestly, in the beginning, I prioritised work more than social life, but I have good friends and family members who tolerated that and stood beside me because they knew how important this was for me. But since I'm no longer dependent on every assignment, I learned to say no and do more with my friends and family.
Sandeep, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Well, directors and directors of photography tend to be very narrow-minded. One director was
Sandeep, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a.
I did one small project with the creative director Alain Eicher. The job was about to make a small village called Bergün famous. The video did not only go viral, but we won several awards like a lion in Cannes for this project.
Sandeep, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or challenging about it?
Well if I couldn't be creative, I wouldn't do this job. What can be difficult sometimes is when you have a great idea, the best cast for this project, but you need money to fund it. I am lucky that I invested a lot of money in gear so that equipment is not an issue for me anymore to create content. Sometimes when we need money, we produce a short trailer or a spec to convince investors or clients.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Director of Photography?
Inspiration is important, but don't try to copy the style. Otherwise, you will lose the uniqueness you might bring to the project.
Now for the best part Sandeep! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. (Optional)
Photographer: Sandeep Abraham @sandoabraham
Model: Karina Valero Titles @karinalahabana