My Jakarta: Syamsul, Filmmaker
Struggling is simply in the job description – struggling to raise the money to produce a good movie, struggling to get the right shot, struggling to stay true to the story.
Dreams of making it big as a filmmaker brought Syamsul to Jakarta all the way from Papua.
He now works primarily as the director of photography on films and was involved in Andi Bachtiar’s modern Indonesian classics “˜The Conductors’ and “˜Romeo and Juliet.’
How did you get involved in making documentary films?
I’ve always wanted to be behind the camera, that’s why I enrolled at the Jakarta Institute of the Arts [IKJ]. I gained some experience as a cameraman for TV soap operas before I finally decided to become a director of photography for documentaries. DOP is a tough job. It’s a much bigger responsibility than just being a cameraman.