I’m very grateful to have been asked to come to New Zealand at the start of the year to work on a documentary series for Amazon Studios.
I’ve been based in the UK until 2018 and have worked internationally for many years. In 2019 I set a new personal record - filming in 21 countries and travelling to them 50 times. The thought of not taking another plane for a while is rather appealing to me!
I began my career collaborating with artists on short films and video installations with the core of my training being in observational documentaries. I graduated from the National Film & Television School and have specialised in shooting commercials and documentaries. I’ve developed my ability to tap deep into the sensitivities of working with actors, cultivating a space for them to deliver their best performance and I am constantly aware of the eye of the observer - making myself part of the scene as a conduit for the audience. I had the opportunity to shoot my first feature last year and feel closest to stories that inspire a sense of belonging, that provide windows into the human psyche and allow us to grow.
I’m an advocate for diversity and always strive to have a well-rounded crew. I have taken great care in mentoring individuals who wouldn’t typically be represented in the film industry. Nurturing their talent and different perspective on the world is really important to me. Living with dyslexia has offered me an opportunity to see things differently and given me the ability to overcome limitations that the world labels you with.
I’m really excited for what the future holds here, I’ve been welcomed and made to feel at home more than any other country I’ve lived in. I can only wish to give back the opportunities that I’ve already been given and share my knowledge.
~ Sebastian Cort