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NM: I read that you never studied photography and in one year you had great success in the field. What inspired you to pick up a camera? Did you have any mentors to help you through the learning stages?
MS: I was always inspired by portraits in paintings like Vermeer and Rembrandt. I can look and study them for hours. I am a terrible painter and I just started to shoot some portraits of interesting faces. I did not have any mentors, I just started with a camera and a studio flash. I made a lot mistakes (which I am still making) and learned from them. You can’t learn photography from a book.
NM: What helped you find your direction in portraits? I would expect someone who was new to photography would spend a lot go time experimenting with different subjects, lighting, and moods.
MS: Yes of course! I’ve tried every camera and lighting source. I shot film and digital. For m...
NM:You are a model, an actor and a cellist. So many talents! Which is your favourite job?
Man: I like every job. I love that I get a new experience with each position. To be honest, as long as the job has music involved, thats when I work my best.
NM: How long have you been playing the cello. Why did you start?
Man: I started playing the cello when I was 15 years old. Its been 11 years already! Before I started playing I was in a academic high school. During that time I had the chance to see an orchestra play, where the cellist had a solo. After that I fell in love with the instrument and it’s sound. I loved it so much, so I practiced hard for 3 months before I decided to apply to the college of music Mahidol.
NM: It seems like you have found your passion. What plans do you have for the future as a cellist?
NM: You started in the film industry at a young age, what was the catalyst that inspired your love for film? GM: The chance to tell life through "la fabbrica dei sogni" (The dream maker). Like most people, I always tried to find a deep meaning of life. Asking questions like “Who are we?” or “What are we here for?”. Some people find it in music, some find it in literature. I found it in cinema. On film you can share stories regarding someones reality. This is eye opening for the viewer and one of the few ways to expose people to another reality.
NM: You also studied in New York at the Tisch School of the Arts, what was your experience like there?
GM: It was an educational experience. I was facing the myth of the “big American movie industry”. Even though I wasn't very experienced, I tried to get closer. I was in awe of the film industry. After a lot of studying I realized that most of what I had learned, I had already k...
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With a focus on flashbacks to simpler times, Deborah shares with us what it was like growing up and Northern Ireland and her evolving relationship ...