Leena Koppe was born in Vienna and studied cinematography at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. During her studies she already worked as camera assistant, lighting technician and director of photography for commercials, TV productions and feature films. One of her student works („Yoake-a-chewinggum-story“) was invited to Cannes in 2002 and won the Best Photography Award in Tarragona. Since her graduation Koppe has shot four feature films, several documentary movies, a few commercials and projects with visual artists and dancers. She was nominated twice for the Austrian Film Award, as well as for the Romy Award which she won in 2015. She also won the Best Picture Award for a feature film at the Festival of Austrian Film – Diagonale as the first female Director of Photography.
MASTERCLASS: THE PERFECT PICTURE
Leena Koppe shows the participants her way of approaching a script in order to find a „language“ for a film. What does that include? Amongst other things she explores the role of the cinematographer, tries to answer the question about what the most important thing for a film is and how the collaboration with a director works. Furthermore, she will talk about concepts, intuition and the ‘perfect’ picture.