"Black and white is good for the grey matter" (from 'Ermm...' by F Pagot)
Sir Franz Pagot OMRI AIC was born near Venice, Italy, and was educated in the classics. After working in the camera department for many years, he moved to London in the 1980s, assisting famed Steadicam operator John Ward on Full Metal Jacket, Robin Hood and Sleepy Hollow, and ultimately establishing himself as a respected cinematographer in features, as well as shooting more than 500 commercials.
With his chiaroscuro style, he has framed cinema icons including: Peter O'Toole, Ray Winston, Jude Law and Steven Berkoff among many others. He is a respected painter and some of his work is on display at the Saatchi Art Collection.
He was awarded a Knighthood in 2018.
He has won many awards and published several books, (of which all proceeds go to charity) including the highly-praised Immersive 3D: The Secrets Of Beautiful Stereo Cinematography.
In April 2023 he has become TEDx official speaker.
A selection of Franz's photos for press or publicity use is available here
To see lectures, talks and masterclasses go here
For more links and public independent references go here
A Fellowship was given to Sir Franz by IMIS at the beautiful Regent's Street Cinema in the presence of Sir Sidney Samuelson and the best of UK filmmaking.
RAI UNO Unomattina, Italian prime time mot popular TV programme, invites Franz Pagot to talk about his amazing career.
A REASON TO LEAVE wins the NFA award, against CAROL, THE DANISH GIRL and more.
Franz Pagot on the BSC panel at the BSC show (click to see official video)