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Birthday of Swedish cinematographer Jallo Faber (Spectre)

By: Anders Frejdh
Jallo Faber, Spectre, 2nd unit, cinematographer
A celebration of FSWL reader and Swedish-born cinematographer Jallo Faber on his birthday. Faber was the director of photography for the 2nd Unit on Spectre (2015), starring Daniel Craig as James Bond 007, and worked closely with 2nd Unit director Alexander Witt.

With this special page, From Sweden with Love would like to highlight Jallo Faber's work on the big screen.

About Jallo Faber:

Made by an accident between a Finnish and a German hippie in 1970. Born on 13th January 1971 in Uppsala, Sweden.

Jallo grew up in and hippie community in the sub-arctic no man's land between Enköping and Uppsala. He was the only child in the village and his best (and only) friend was a goat named Hilma. The village had no electricity, no shower, and no television.

At 16, he sneaked out of the hairy village to study still photography in Stockholm. It seemed to make sense and maybe it could be something so rewarding that he did not have to get back to the smelly community.

Jallo had the loose idea about the real world being the best school, so before starting to shoot features and television dramas, he shot hundreds of commercials and music videos.

It would also be fair to say that the loose idea was in part based on being rejected from entering the National Film School.

He shot his first feature in 2005. Since then, he has shot seven features for theatrical release and seven full length television features.

Films that Jallo Faber has worked on:

2022: Troll - Director: Roar Uthaug, Netflix & Motion Blur
2020: Cadaver - Director: Jarand Herdal, Netflix & Motion Blur
2015: Spectre (2nd Unit) - Director: Sam Mendes, B24 Ltd
2012–2014: Gentlemen/Gangsters (feature and 4 x 90 minute tv-series) - Director: Mikael Marcimain, B-Reel
2012: Pioneer - Director: Erik Skjoldberg, Pandora, Garage Film
2011: Tinker Tailor Soilder Spy (2nd Unit) - Director: Tomas Alfredsson
2010: Jägarna 2 (The Hunters 2) - Director: Kjell Sundvall
2009: Wallander Arvet (The Heritage) - Director: Mikael Marcimain
2009: Wallander Vålnaden (The Ghost) - Director: Mikael Marcimain
2005: Förortsungar (Kids in da Hood) - Director: Ylva Gustavsson/Katti Edfeld

In 2013, Jallo Faber won the award for Best Cinematography at Chicago International Film Fest for his work on Pioneer. And in 2015, he was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Guldbaggen Awards in Stockholm for his work on Gentlemen starring Bond alumni David Dencik who played Valdo Obruchev in the last James Bond film, No Time To Die (2021). Most recently, he was nominated for Best Cinematography TV Drama at the 2021 Gullruten Awards in Norway for his work on Cadaver.

Spectre 2nd Unit director Alexander Witt spoke to British Cinematographer about the work Jallo Faber did on that film:

“We knew that shooting in Rome would be pressurised. We only had one night at each location. Could only start lighting at 10pm at night, due to traffic. And would have six hours before the dawn broke and the light came up. Because of the work we had done prior to the shoot, we had a very good idea about how the sports cars and the cameras would stand up to the rigours of the cobbled streets and stone stairways in Rome, and how to shoot the fast-paced action. Thankfully we were joined by Hoyte van Hoytema’s friend Jallo Faber for this shoot, and I joined in with fourth camera, and it worked out very well.”

Watch the car action sequence in Spectre filmed in Rome:

For more information about Jallo Faber, check out his IMDB profile.



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