Insights into the Cinematography of the Award-Winning Docuseries “Tales By Light”

I sat down with the DP of Netflix’s “Tales By Light” to talk about his approach to shooting an award-winning docuseries on wildlife and human impact.

In 2014-2015, international award-winning director, producer, and DP Abraham Joffe ACS created the stunning six-part docuseries Tales by Light. The series travels the world “capturing indelible images of people, places, creatures and cultures from new, previously unseen angles.” He followed this with Big Cat Tales, a series following the lives of lions, leopards, and cheetahs on the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya.

Here’s what he had to say about cinematography and the work.

Bud: Abraham, how did you get started as a cinematographer?

Abraham Joffe, ACS: Cinematography was always my first love. I never set out to become a director or producer, per se — I just loved creating images and shooting. When I was a teenager, my parents traveled around Australia, writing books on the fascinating characters they came across. So, during that time, I sat in on hundreds of interviews, and was exposed to the beauty of the natural world. I think these years infused in me a curiosity for human stories, and the environment.

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Bud Simpson