Tropical Island was a labor of love for the small team of people that made this film come alive. Jeppe Kolstrup and I connected very randomly online. He was coming to Toronto to visit family, and while he was here, he suggested we shoot a film together. It started simple and quickly grew larger and more complicated. Jeppe, myself, our producer (Surhay Nart), and our two leads went out into the Northern Ontario wilderness over 4 days and shot this special story. Jeppe wrote it at a specific time in his life, that transition into adulthood where “real world” responsibilities become more and more a reality. I told Jeppe that we needed to capture this story on film and he was thrilled to. I nearly threw out my back running around with my Arri 435 on my shoulder the whole time, but it was worth it. I find actors, and non actors alike, react in a unique way when they’re being captured on film. There’s something very basic about the makings of the camera; it’s not intimidating. There’s no flashing lights and screens and fans humming; it’s tactile and mechanical, you can hear the film running through the camera as it captures images. I think the simplicity and finality of it brings a comfort to the talent and the crew that gave us the performances you see in the film.
About the Artist
Christopher Lew is a Canadian born cinematographer drawn to character driven narratives that call for an honest and striking visual approach. His ultimate goal is to move audiences emotionally through powerful photography. Always looking for the truth in an image, Christopher brings a sensitivity to his work that he uses to tell meaningful stories.