Gaffer Portfolio

Seasalter Road​

Following the sudden death of their mother, a pair of estranged siblings must revisit their family home and fractured relationship.

Directed by Will Kenning, and shot by the incredible talented Director of Photography Chris Dodds. Seasalter Road was made by an amazingly small team whilst still achieving an impressively high standard. Chris and Matthias crafted a beautiful naturalistic look for this film.

The Consequence

Cate Orlando-Hope, a right-wing talk radio host comes home to find her daughter missing, and a stranger in her living room. This short drama features Hopi Grace (Dune II, Time, Happy Valley) and Kammy Darweish in this dark tale about the harm caused by unrestrained opinion-based journalism.

Dramatic low key lighting was used throughout on this thriller shot by the brilliant Chris Dodds.

Hope & Her Two Daughters

2020 brought about a much-needed conversation concerning various forms of systemic issues. In the UK this materialised in the welfare of our BAME health workers and deportation of the Windrush generation. This experimental short film reflects on the revelations and racial atrocities of 2020. It ruminates about the pertinent work that needs to continue.

Hope and Her Two Daughters is directed by Tobore Dafiaga, DOP’d by Sean Mackey, with Matthias Djan as Gaffer.

Flashes

Having never lost a game of pool in over twenty years, a retired world 9-Ball Champion, Reuben “Ruby” Howard finally faces a worthy opponent. But the eerily persistent challenger confronts the legend’s love for the game, resulting in the ultimate sacrifice.

Directed by Mitya Lesnevskiy, world renowned Director of Photography Mikhail Krichman and Gaffer Matthias Djan, this film features many oners (single long take shots). Shot in a stunning bar location.

Exhale

Six individuals, differing in age, gender and locality, but united by a shared experience. Taking you into each of their sunken places, we delve beyond their surface level emotions and explore often suppressed thoughts and feelings in the face of ongoing micro-aggressive racism.

Exhale was a BBC New Creatives project directed by Adekemi Roluga, DOP’d by Sean Francis and Gaffer’d by Matthias Djan. The film was an official selection at the BFI Future Film Festival 2022.

Newsies Promo

A promotional video for Disney’s smash hit musical Newsies, as it comes to London, at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre.

Gaffer Credits

Director | Ryan Claffey
Production Company | Epileptic Chef Productions
Director of Photography | Dan Gal

Director | Sydney Stevenson
Producer | Isobel Ryan
Director of Photography | James Stittle

Director | Erica Belton
Production Company | Rebecca Prentice Productions and Red Pearl Productions
Director of Photography | James Stittle

Director | Leo Powell
Production Company | Nineveh Productions Ltd
Director of Photography | Samuel Perry-Falvey
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Director | Finbar Somers
Production Company | Umbra Motion Pictures Company
Director of Photography | Sean Mackey

Director | Mona Sage Alesina
Production Company | Adders Entertainment
Director of Photography | Charlie Travers
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Director | Tobore Dafiaga
Director of Photography | Sean Mackey
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Director | Joshua Addington
Production Company | Adders Entertainment
Director of Photography | Oliver Mitchell

Director | Abigail Rafferty
Director of Photography | Nikola Auterska
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Director | Georgie Cubin
Production Company | ELK Medium and Movement Films
Director of Photography | Mbili Munthali
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Director | Mitya Lesnevskiy
Production Company | Ren Films, Take A Look Pictures and Zero Productions
Director of Photography | Mikhail Krichman
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Director | Mabel Marie Evans
Production Company | Take a Look Pictures
Director of Photography |  
Arushi Chugh

Director | Amy Pemberton
Director of Photography | Will Kenning

Director | Adekemi Roluga
Production Company | Resource Productions, BBC Arts and Screen South
Director of Photography | Sean Francis
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Director | Temi Yussef
Production Company | Seven Black Women
Director of Photography | Iona Greaves

Director | Aarif Chumber-Ali
Production Company | SpeedDragon Studios
Director of Photography | Joe Potts

Director | John-James Schley
Production Company | Wildroot Productions
Director of Photography | Antonio Delle Monache
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Director | Daniel Lukombo
Director of Photography | Joshua Lamptey

Director | Will Kenning
Producer | Ross James
Production Company | Tumble Films
Director of Photography | Will Kenning

Director | Veronica Ellis
Production Company | Amunet Productions
Director of Photography | Thomas English

Director | Kammy Darweish
Production Company | Brown Girl Films
Director of Photography | Chris Dodds

Director | Alain Terzoli
Producer | Amy Pemberton
Production Company | Jacco Macacco Films
Director of Photography | Oscar Hewitt

Director | Chloe Kennedy
Production Company | Resource Productions, BBC Arts and Screen South
Director of Photography | Alice Pennefather
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Director | Will Kenning
Director of Photography | Chris Dodds

Director | Will Kenning
Production Company | Tumble Films
Director of Photography | Will Kenning

Director | Karimah Zakia Issa
Production Company | KZI Films
Director of Photography | Chris Dodds

Director | Lysa-Marie Asiedu-Yeboa
Director of Photography | Darius Iromlou
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Director | Timothy Holmwood
Production Company | Cardboard Moon Pictures and Movement Films
Director of Photography | Shane Merkli

Director | Timothy Holmwood
Production Company | SMV and Movement Films
Director of Photography | Shane Merkli
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Other Credits

Director | Ryan Claffey
Production Company | Epileptic Chef Productions
Director of Photography | Dan Gal

Director |
Production Company | Smoggy Productions
Director of Photography | Sam Palmer
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Director |
Production Company | Ren Films
Director of Photography |
Bob Komar
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Director | Abigail Rafferty
Director of Photography | Nikola Auterska
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Creator | Caroline Graham
Production Company | Bentley Productions and ITV
Location Manager | Hugh Elphick and James Doyle
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Director |
Production Company | Universal Pictures
Location Manager | Melissa Strong
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If you wish to see more of Matthias lighting work, take a look at his DOP portfolio too.

Gaffer CV