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CINEMATOGRAPHY: Michael Gioulakis


Michael Gioulakis is a Director of Photography and Cinematographer. Here we take a look at some of his excellent work, stills and a trailer for his latest feature film.


Gioulakis’ credits include M. Night Shyamalan’s 2016 psychological thriller Split and Glass (2018). He was also the cinematographer for It Follows - the 2014 American supernatural horror film written and directed by David Robert Mitchell.


Gioulakis stated that, “I gravitate to films that are visually abstract and more about mood and tone. A David Lynch film, for example, can be like a piece of music. And I think, unconsciously, my approach to learning the craft was informed by the years I spent practicing the trumpet for hours a day. It’s a discipline and an ongoing balance. I love both the technical and artistic aspects of camera, and mastering them is a means to an end — creating the images that the director wants.”

This quote was taken from an interview with Gioulakis that can be found here.


Gioulakis’ website features highlights of his already impressive resume work, including this gem - a collaboration with filmmaker Barry Jenkins (who later went on to direct the superb 2016 film Moonlight )

You can find his website here.

After Jordan Peele’s hugely successful Get Out, Michael recently worked on his new film Us. See the trailer below:

All images taken from his Tumblr page.

FilmTom SilverComment