INTERVIEW WITH: Greig Fraser
A. This feels like it's a little bit like bingo. Like, am I
hosting bingo right now? Yes.
A. That man is the most humble talented person that I've ever met
in entire my life. Denis Villeneuve is a man who trusts his
collaborators. Feels that he has the right instincts to pursue
an achievement like this.
You know, DUNE is a tough story to make. And, you know, I was
at the effects crew. It is, like, Denis is the man. Every
article, everything that gets written about DUNE must start
Q. Okay. Greg, congratulations!
A. Hey, Mark. Oh, dude. How are you?
Q. How are you is the question.
A. Really good. Thank you. I'm so sorry to be meeting like this.
Q. But, hey, so here we are getting to talk just a couple of weeks
later after our Batman chat. We left that with you going back
to the second part of DUNE. And what is going to be different?
Can you expand on what will be different for you in this
interval from part one to part two? What will be changed?
What will be the same with this great collaboration you have
with Denis and the other crafts people?
A. Well, I can't give you any scoops. I hate to say it. Like, I
have been trained by the house of the mouse at Luca's film to
not give you any scoops. So I won't tell you anything beyond
But I will tell you that this is a bigger story. It's -- I've
read the script. And I'm more blown away by this script than I
was by part one. I am more excited. In fact, I was sitting at
a meeting with Denis and Patrice and Paul at Denis' house
talking about this film.
And I turned to Denis and said, "I can't believe these people
pay us to do this. Like, this is ridiculous. They pay us to
make these movies, which are so exciting and so amazing."
So I can tell you it's bigger and better and amazing. So I
apologize for not giving you more than that.
Q. This is Carolyn from Hollywood Record.
A. Hello, Carolyn. How are you?
A. Thank you.
Q. You talked about Denis. Would you also extend that and talk
about your collaborators tonight who have also been recognized
by Oscars? Would you talk about just the collaboration and,
also, supporting each other tonight?
A. I mean, this is the most talented bunch of collaborators I've
ever worked with. And, you know, every single time I get
together with these people, I'm always at the back of the room
looking at them going. I am so honored and humbled and proud
to be in the same room with these people.
I mean, Patrice's work. I mean, I don't know if everyone's
seen Patrice's work or Denis on arrival, but it's insanely
And to be part of that team and Joe's work with Denis is
amazing. And to be inserted into that, I feel very humbled. I
can't think of a better word. I wish I could, but I feel
humbled. You know, like, I've shot with some amazing directors
before. And I still feel very lucky to have learned from the
directors I've learned from.
But this film, also, was a step forward for me as an artist.
You know, I feel like there's so much to learn from Patrice and
from Paul, who you'll get to speak to soon. You know, Paul and
his team. Yes, agreed, agreed.
This is the thing, like, this is what filmmaking is when it's
a sum of its part. And this is why I got involved with
filmmaking in the first place.
It wasn't to hold up an Oscar for cinematography, which will
say I am very honored to. So thank you. It is not that. It
is to make a film. It is better than cinematography by itself.
It's better than the VFX by itself.
We are the culmination of the Denis Villeneuve's combined group
effort to make a movie. And that's what I'm most proud of.
Q. Congratulations! Greg, I'm over here. Almost straight ahead.
A. Hi. Hi. Sorry.
Q. Karen Peterson of Awards Daily.
I know 45 seconds in an acceptance speech isn't a lot
of time, so would you like to take a minute now to thank some
of the folks from your team that helped you get here?
A. You know, my crew means everything to me. And I am going to
lay their names out in a written word. If I try and do it now,
I am sure to screw it up. I will mispronunciate. Like, my
crew is everything to me. I can't do anything without them.
They make up my deficiencies. So they are fantastic.
I wish that they could be here with me tonight. I wish we
could celebrate all of those people, but, unfortunately, I'm
the figure head. I'm the unlucky bugger that gets to stand up
here and hold this. A loss for them. So if we can read their
names when I publish them that would be fantastic.
My collaborators Carolyn Lafaye [phonetic]. They are the
reason I'm here. And Denis Villenueve. Again, every article
that starts with this word, "Denis," and not with the word,
Q. Hello, Greg.
A. Hello, mate.
Q. Congratulations! Just look straight down the camera. I'm
coming to you.
A. Okay. Yeah, you're in my -- you're in Heaven according to
Q. And we are all so excited for you. Just announced it on the
telly. And the whole crew burst into applause. So well done.
A. Thank you.
Q. Zero Dark Thirty, Lion, Rogue One, The Mandalorian, DUNE, the
Batman -- that's just some of your resume. Right? What is it
about training here in Australia that makes you so good at this
A. Australians are very resilient. You know, it's something that
Australians kind of don't realize they are until they leave, you
And Australians are very resilient. And we are quite good at
making do with not a lot. And that, particularly, goes to the
film industry in Australia. You know, we come up with some
amazing stories. Some of the best in the world. And we have
some of the best talents in the world.
And, like, if we can train in Australia, we can come to bigger
budgeted films in London or America or Europe. And we can kind
of shine. And that is pretty evident this year, particularly,
in cinematography. You know, you have Ari Wegner who, as you
know I am a huge fan of, who I really, really, really am proud
of her success. And to have Australians being represented the
way that they are outside of the traditional acting and, you
know, directing categories means a lot to me.
Q. Hi. Can you hear me?
A. Yep, I can. Through the camera?
Q. Awesome. Yes. Look at me.
Congratulations, by the way.
This movie has an incredible -- I mean, the visuals are
just breathtaking. And it is just a massive undertaking so
what was the most challenging thing about making this movie.
You know, the cinematography is just so incredible.
A. It was -- I think it was a series of thousands of little
challenges. It's not that every challenge was little, but
thousands of medium to large challenges. So every challenge
seemed more insurmountable than the last.
It is such a big story. You know, ultimately, this film is a
story about character. So if you're standing there with a
character with the camera and the actor is right, the script is
right, the director is right, then, you can't help but film
something that is magical. So that's what I feel like we did
The sky was challenging. The desert was challenging. The heat
was challenging. But, ultimately, this was a film made good by
its collaborators and by its artisans.
You know, like we -- we got through, and we made a film that
I'm super proud of.
Q. Hi, Greg.
A. Hey, who is this?
Q. Joel McGovern from the Wrap?
A. Hello, Mate, how are you?
Q. Congratulations! Very well deserved?
A. Thank you.
Q. Beautiful work.
But you mentioned just now Ari Wegner. Your country
person and your co-nominee, fellow nominee.
Are you seeing maybe a change in the industry in terms
of women cinematographers and opportunities for women. It's
such a long boys club historically, but are you noticing a
great change there?
A. I'm glad you asked about that because, yes, there is a massive
ground swell of interest of other voices that are occurring in
the industry, generally. And that has filtered its way down to
the cinematography world.
You know, there's been a lot of talk about actors and actresses
and directors that are minorities or people that
underrepresented. But cinematography has a long lead-up time.
Like, to learn how to be a cinematographer, it takes time. And
you don't just come out suddenly as a cinematographer. You
need to learn your craft. And because of that it means, that
we are looking at the world almost in reverse. We're looking
at 2010, 2011, 2012.
So I'm feeling at this point in 2022, we are starting the
process or beginning the process to continue for
underrepresented people, women, minorities to be able to kind
of have a voice in the cinematography world.
So it's really exciting. I'm really excited asking to look at
what is going to be happening in cinematography-wise in 2032.
That's going to be my interest level there. It's going to be
Q. Hi, Greg.
A. Hi. How are you?
Q. I'm good.
When you -- so do you have any thoughts on the
academy's decision not to televise the presenting of some of
the awards, including your DUNE collaborators on the sound
A. How long do you have? Seriously. Because I could talk to you
about 35 minutes -- 30 hours, actually.
I mean, listen, I will say this, that 45 minutes that we did
that was so much fun. And do you know why it is fun because it
was a bit more informal. That is why it is fun. But it is
tricky, you know. And I don't mean we balance economics with
the award shows, but films are made by, you know, the sound
recorders, by visual effects supervisors, by the editors, by
the productions designers. That's how films are made. And it
seems odd to have some random relegation. Everybody in this
crowd realizes and understands why this happens. Like, we're
not silly. And we understand the economics. But at the same
time, it is up to us, I think to change the economics, to
change the fact that, you know, we want to encourage kids who
are watching these awards to go, "You know what, I'm not an
actor, I'm not a director, I'm not a producer, but I want to be
a makeup artist." So I want that recognition or I want to feel
that celebrity, whatever that word is, to apply to me in a job
that I can go for.
So I feel like it's a really -- I mean, I understand. And it's
a little short-sided. I get it. But I just want my particular
collaborator -- particularly, production design, editing,
makeup and hair, you know, to be equally rewarded for this --
for this -- for the job they do.