Matteo Mescalchin’s interview

Born and raised in Italy where he co-founded Digital Movie studio in 1997 in Padova, Matteo Mescalchin has worked extensively across four continents constantly developing his passion for images which has led him to work as photographer on many commercials for high end and luxury products. He also spends some of his time on personal projects which brought him awards on the international scene.

Beside his studio work Matteo loves to shoot also on location, deep underwater as well as high up in the sky being himself a Para motor pilot and an experienced scuba diver..
Driven by endless curiosity and genuine ambition Matteo works on lighting techniques and image innovation continuously taking his photography to the next level.

Mentioned for his work by Hasselblad USA as ’top photographer’ Matteo is 2014 MIFA Intl awards winner for Architecture and Aerial Photography in these categories for professionals. Selected for his lighting style Matteo is among “Chimera Lighting Visionaries” and photography trainer in basic and advanced photography workshops. Finalist at “One Eyeland Photography Awards 2014”, Matteo has been selected and featured in the book “Best of the Best Photographers 2015 Vol.5”.

In 2016 Matteo have been awarded “Golden A’Design Award” in category of Photography and Photo Manipulation Design getting recognition to the excellence of his lighting style on the international stage.
Devoted to image quality and high end lighting tools enthusiast, Matteo pursues his own style research combining his visionary perspective with the use of new technologies available in the field. Matteo bought his first Joker Kits in 2015 and uses them extensively.

Learn more about Matteo’s work on this link :

Matteo speaks about a recent challenging shoot :
“Sonus Faber Hommage Tradition has been a great project since day one of preproduction. The Italian company manufacturer of high end loudspeakers systems had put lots of efforts in this new line of products and I felt the responsibility of living up to the hype in creating images for their launch.

Once we had the project’s script including a storyboard and a mood board, by brother Andrea Mescalchin did some good location scouting and came up with the brilliant idea to recommend Grand Hotel Fasano (Gardone Riviera, Italy) for shooting two out of the three scenes. Needless to say I was concerned with the crazy short time available for the shooting as I was given 4 hours for the main scene to be done (including lighting set up) both for the filming and the still photography.
To be honest I like this kind of challenge and I’m not new to working on the two sides of lighting on the same project but this was a tough one.

Lucky me I can relate on a really compact and effective lighting gear and yes I can tell by my own experience that the best equipment out there does play a role in output quality as well as working efficiency and time saving.
To make a long story short, I worked with my team and had the main set lit within an hour from stepping into the hotel to first take rolling. Working with lightweight and yet powerful HMIs from K5600 I’ve been able to make just a few adjustments when switching mode and camera from motion to still captures. Putting down our Red Epic and taking on my beloved Hasselblad for the last available hour I’ve got the job done the way I like it and within the given time.
Than having more time available for the pier scene and for the classic house all went smooth till the end of the shoot.

Love the ’smoking’ scene particularly as I design the lighting diagram for that in advance and once on set I got exactly the look and feel I was after. Using the Chimera Pancake lantern hanging on top of the scene and a couple of other small Chimera video pros with Lighttools eggcrates, I created a nice light falloff perfectly matching the intimate and elegant atmosphere of the listening room. You can see that and other set ups on the pics following.

Hope you enjoy watching as much as I’ve enjoyed working on this project.
Thank you.