Stéphanie Weber-Biron is a director and cinematographer, whose work has spanned feature films, animated shorts, music videos and documentaries. As a cinematographer she has collaborated twice with director Xavier Dolan (J’ai tué ma mère and Heartbeats), helped chronicle Montreal’s punk history in the documentaryMTL Punk: The First Wave, and shot the stop-motion animated adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Higgelty Piggelty Pop! directed by Maciek Szczerbowski & Chris Lavis and produced by Spike Jonze for the National Film Board. Most recently, she lensed Jason Buxton’s Blackbird, which co-won Best Canadian First Feature at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (with Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral).

We caught up with Stéphanie at the Gladstone Hotel to talk about the crossover between being a director and cinematographer, composing shots for documentaries, her relationship with Xavier Dolan, visual motifs that recur in her work, and the challenges of complex animation shots.

 

 

This profile was published in September of 2012.