CAMERIMAGE HONORS PRODUCER AND SHOWRUNNER FRANK SPOTNITZ!
Since its inception Camerimage Festival has been dedicated to the art of cinematography and the people who are responsible for its creation, however, for many years it was associated mainly with theatrical features. The festival's subsequent editions extended the “Camerimage family” with a number of new members – documentary shorts and features, television projects, music videos, advertising spots. The23rd edition of the Festival will see this group joined by TV series and their pilots, thus accentuating the wealth and variety of the means television showrunners and their crews use to tell their fascinating and impactful stories, as well as underlining their input into the art of visual filmmaking. Television is not cinema, it never was and never will be. These are two different ways of telling stories and interacting with audiences, even if they use many similar tools and can sometimes converge in one way or another. Producer and showrunner Frank Spotnitz is fully aware of this and many other aspects of creating quality content within the television realm. He has worked both in the States and in Europe, he was one of the executive producers of The X-Files and its feature films, and he is the executive producer and writer for The Man in the High Castle, currently considered one of the major events of this television season. Frank Spotnitz will be the first-ever recipient of Camerimage Award to Television Producer with Unique Visual Sensitivity.
Frank Spotnitz has always been interested in various storytelling techniques. He got his B.A. in English literature from UCLA, and he started working as a professional journalist, writing for Associated Press and Entertainment Weekly, among many others. Later he received M.F.A. in screenwriting from American Film Institute, which helped him to start his full-time adventure with the realm of television. He joined the The X-Files as producer in its second season, back then an increasingly popular show which over the years has become one of the most influential TV series ever. Spotnitz debuted as the series' writer with End Game (Season 2, Episode 17), and from the beginning of Season 2, he became one of the producers and rose to executive producer on The X-Files. He was also responsible for the development of the show's extended mythology of government conspiracies and paranormal phenomena. And he directed two episodes: Alone (Season 9, Episode 19) and Dæmonicus (Season 9, Episode 3). Spotnitz stayed with the show until its end in 2002, while simultaneously running its spin-off The Lone Gunmen. He was a co-executive producer of Millennium with Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files.
"The Lone Gunmen"
The X-Files, which was made for Fox, turned out a huge success, enabling Spotnitz to bring a number of interesting projects to life over the next couple of years. Among them, Night Stalker (for ABC), Robbery Homicide Division (for CBS and created by Michael Mann), Strike Back: Project Dawn (for HBO/Cinemax and Sky) and Hunted (for HBO/Cinemax and BBC1). He co-created a pilot episode for A.M.P.E.D. with another The X-Files' producer and writer, Vince Gilligan, now recognized mostly as Breaking Bad's showrunner. Spotnitz moved to Europe and in 2011 established his own production company, Big Light Productions, which quickly became one of the most prominent independent forces on the Old Continent. Two of its latest projects are gathering a huge buzz: The Man in the High Castle (for Amazon Studios), which is about to debut its whole first season in November, and Medici: Masters of Florence (for RAI), being now shot in Italy. The former is a tale based on Philip K. Dick's novel about the alternate reality in which Germany and Japan won the Second World War and took over the United States. The latter is a story about the rise to power and prominence of the legendary Medici trade and banking dynasty, who gave rise to the Italian Renaissance.
"Strike Back: Project Dawn"
"The Man in the High Castle"
Frank Spotnitz is a man of high spirit and literally hundreds of ideas. He is a screenwriter, producer and showrunner, he lectures in numerous European schools and helps young filmmakers start their careers. He achieved success in both the US and Europe, and now, thanks to The Man in the High Castle, which was made for Amazon Studios, he has become a part of the new model of creating shows and interacting with the viewers. Nevertheless, Frank Spotnitz says that despite different strategies of planning and writing new shows – having in mind that the viewers could binge-watch the whole season in a day – his creative process and work did not change that much. “It is still about storytelling and sharing fascinating and meaningful stories that invite the viewers into new worlds,” he says. We are honored that such a distinguished professional and fearless promoter of the art of cinematography will receive our first-ever Camerimage Award to Television Producer with Unique Visual Sensitivity. Frank Spotnitz will also meet with the festival's participants and share his experiences and wisdom.