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Born in Jerusalem, Israel

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Born in Jerusalem in 1973, Shai Levy got his education at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance (high school) and the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, Jerusalem (diploma, 1999). Berlin Locally, his documentary diploma project (camera and directing), was filmed in Berlin 1997/8. After working in Israel as a professional cameraman from 1999 until 2001, filming mostly documentaries, he went back to Berlin and found it so inspiring he decided to stay. He has been active in the local Berliner independent film scene, shooting short fiction, video art and numerous documentaries.

In August 2004, Levy filmed his first full-length feature as Director of Photography, Fliegende Ratten (dir. David Jazay). He participated in the European Film Academy's master class with cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle in January 2005.

Levy's filming instincts have been primarily shaped by his extensive experience in documentary environments. The workflow and above all the aesthetics of digital cinematography which were closely embraced by him, are very present in his recent works.

Among his most important influences: early Russian documentarists; 1920s European avant-garde; Cinema Verite; Richard Leacock; Coutard and French New-Wave; American 1970's cinema; Terrance Malick; Sven Nykvist; Robby Mueller; Anthony Dod Mantle and Chris Doyle.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Shai Levy

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