Florian Stadler is a commercial and feature cinematographer who has shot award-winning spots for Nascar, Zippo, Marvel Comics and Lucky Brand Jeans. Raised on a diet of black and white stills photography and theater lighting, he eventually found himself lensing long-format narratives and has filmed six feature films since 2003.
Florian's first cinematic love is with enchanted realism. He believes great imagery tells a story through mood, rather than manufactured beauty. This visual philosophy is evident in his film "Love is the Drug", of which Variety's Justin Chang says, "Sharp screenplay and Florian Stadler's roving handheld camerawork deftly chart the tense undercurrents pulsing through the group [of characters]."
Recently he finished large scale experiential work for the Bradley International Terminal at LAX for Digital Kitchen's director Mason Nicoll. He also worked on the feature documentary "True Somebody", about the African Cup of Nations for director Stephen Latty.
Florian has shot hundreds of national and international commercials and his awards include two Bronze Clios, 3 gold Addy's, an MVPA Best Rock Video and short listing as an AICP honoree. He is an active member of the International Cinematographer's Guild and the Digital Cinematography Society.
Florian has throughout his career drawn inspiration from Leonardo DaVinci, combining high levels of art and science. Storytelling through lighting, mood and lensing is his life's passion. He has founded his own color company and camera rental house "Bunte Farben" that allow him to control the digital pipeline and instill his creative vision from start to finish.
He holds a B.F.A. in Cinematography from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena and an Associates Degree with focus in Arts & Music from Kantonschule Wiedikon in his hometown of Zurich, Switzerland.
A worldly DP, Florian has worked in or travelled through every country in the European Union, across North and West Africa, throughout Southeast Asia, Japan, South America and every major city in the United States. He speaks English, German and French and is a certified open water diver.
Florian lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 2 sons. He is represented by Dattner Dispoto and Associates.